Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar Neymar has been named on the list of changemakers after the first leg of the eight round of 16 fixtures in the UEFA Champions League (UCL). Neymar was one of the five players who made the list compiled by UEFA.
Neymar made the list for his impact when he came off the bench to provide the assist for the winning goal scored by fellow attacker KylianMbappe to ensure that PSG secured a 1-0 home win over Real Madrid at the end of their first leg meeting at the Parc des Princes. The Brazilian international didn’t make the starting XI for the Real Madrid game as he had just returned from a long-term injury. Neymar was introduced into the game in the place of Argentine player Angel Di Maria in the last quarter of the game and he produced a backheel assist for Mbappe to score the winning goal in stoppage time.
Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino also made the list after the Brazilian star came on as an half-time substitute for the injured Diogo Jota against Italian champions Inter Milan before he scored the opening goal via a header in the last quarter. Egyptian attacker Mohamed Salah then added a second goal to secure a 2-0 away win over the Nerazzuri at the end of their first leg meeting.
Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard also made the list for the goal-line block which ensured that the German champions secured a 1-1 draw at the home of Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg at the end of their first leg clash.
Spanish midfielder Dani Parejo was also on the list for his second half equaliserfor Villarreal during the 1-1 home draw with Juventus at the end of their first leg clash. Young Swede Anthony Elanga also made the list after coming off the bench to score the Manchester United equaliser during the 1-1 draw at the home of Spanish champions Atletico Madrid at the end of their first leg meeting.