Neymar’s mocking of Haaland in fiery Champions League tie had been pre-planned

Neymar had been planning to mock Erling Haaland in Paris Saint-Germain's fiery Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund last month, according to his teammate Marquinhos.

PSG overcame a 2-1 first leg deficit to beat the Bundesliga side 3-2 on aggregate and book their place in the quarter-finals, which may take place later this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Haaland had scored both of Dortmund's goals in the first leg, and celebrated each by sitting down cross-legged and adopting a zen-like pose.

After the game a widely-circulated Snapchat post showed Haaland with the words "My city, not yours" along with a reference to Paris, and although many claimed that the post was fake it is believed to have upset Neymar and some of his PSG teammates.

The Brazilian, who had scored PSG's goal in Germany, also netted in the return leg – after which he mimicked Haaland's zen celebration – before Juan Bernat ensured a 2-0 victory on the night.

Dortmund's former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can was sent off in the closing stages as there were angry clashes between the sides, and after the match the PSG players all mimicked Haaland by sitting cross-legged on the Parc des Princes pitch.

Neymar then posted a picture of himself celebrating on Instagram along with the words "Paris is our city, not yours".

UEFA formally warned the PSG players over their conduct after the match, although it wasn't clear whether this referred to the celebrations, the incidents following Can's red card or the fact the some players, including full-back Layvin Kurzawa, celebrated with fans outside the stadium after the match.

The game had been played behind closed doors due to coronavirus restrictions, and with action now suspended around the world due to the pandemic, Marquinhos discussed the game and Neymar's actions with YouTube channel Desimpedidos.


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