Neymar made a miraculous recovery from injury as soon as PSG regained possession
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Neymar made a miraculous recovery from injury in seconds once Paris Saint-Germain regained possession on Wednesday night.
The Ligue One champions were knocked out of Coupe de France at the round of 16 by rivals Marseille at Stade Velodrome.
Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring with a penalty before Sergio Ramos levelled matters and prompted a passionate Lionel Messi celebration just before half-time.
Ukraine international Ruslan Malinovskyi bagged the winner in the 57th minute.
But one of the most talked about moments of the game involved PSG star Neymar in the first half when the score was 0-0.
After losing the ball, the Brazilian fell to the floor to try and get a free-kick and remained there for a good few seconds after the referee waved play to continue.
Marseille moved the ball to the left and Neymar then sat up for a brief moment. But PSG turned over possession, with Marco Verratti nipping and feeding Messi.
And that saw Neymar, who assisted Ramos' goal, rise from the dead before sprinting up the pitch in as PSG counter attacked with blistering pace.
He never got the ball as Messi was smothered and Marseille got the ball back. But the antics of Neymar won't exactly doing his reputations any favours given he regularly gets accused of diving.
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Fans promptly scolded Neymar for 'feigning injury" and healing up in next to no time.
One wrote: "It would have been hilarious if he went back to ground right after they lost it again."
A second joked: "We have witnessed a miracle here today. The healing power of soccer is truly something to behold.
Another added: "He faked an injury for a couple of seconds before he realised that the ref wasn't buying it, then immediately jumped up the instant his team won the ball.
A fourth said: "Classic Neymar. Love his skills and talent but the diving and drama taints it for me."
A fifth weighed in: "Guys like this should never get the courtesy kick out of bounds when they're down."
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Topics: Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain, Brazil