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Jet-lagged Neymar scores wonder goal

World of Sport

Santos striker Neymar, playing only one day after scoring twice for Brazil against Japan in Poland, shrugged off jet-lag to score a stunning individual goal in a 2-2 draw with Atletico Mineiro.

Neymar, who was wearing the number 200 to celebrate his 200th game for the club, needed only 12 minutes to make an impact against Ronaldinho's Mineiro.

The 20-year-old received the ball with his back to goal just inside the Mineiro half, flicked it around the outside of one marker and immediately slipped it past a second to leave both players sprawling on the ground.

He then carried the ball into the penalty area, cut inside another defender and fired a low shot into the corner of the goal to put his side 2-0 ahead.

Neymar only arrived in Brazil on the morning of the game after the 20-hour trip from Wroclaw where he faced Japan in a friendly.

He has missed several Santos games this season due to Brazil call-ups, including the Olympic Games in London, much to the regret of coach Muricy Ramalho.

"Unfortunately, he has not played much for us this year and has been greatly missed," said Ramalho, whose side are ninth with 42 points from 31 games.

Argentine striker Ezequiel Miralles had put Santos ahead after only 20 seconds, but Atletico Mineiro hit back with goals from Bernard and former Manchester City forward Jo before the half hour.

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