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Jamie Carragher and Peter Schmeichel clash live on air during Neymar debate

Jamie Carragher quarrelled with Peter Schmeichel during a heated debate about Neymar's performance against Atalanta.

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar dazzled with his dribbling but was wasteful in front of goal during the Champions League quarter-final clash with the Italian club.

It took late goals from Marquinhos and Eric Choupo-Moting to overturn a 1-0 deficit and send the French giants through to the semi-finals.

Unimpressed as Neymar squandered two golden opportunities to score in the first half, Schmeichel criticised the Brazilian forward and claimed the chances he missed had been handed to him by Atalanta.

But Carragher disagreed with the Dane's analysis and the two soon clashed on CBS Sports .


"Please don’t cry,” Schmeichel told the Liverpool great at half-time, only to see Neymar play a vital role in both PSG's equaliser and injury-time winner.

The 28-year-old assisted Marquinhos before playing a sublime pass to Kylian Mbappe, who fed Choupo-Moting to send the French giants through.

Carragher could not help but send a barbed comment in Schmeichel's direction as he celebrated Neymar's late heroics.

The former England defender yelled: “What’s Neymar done now, Schmeichel?! Only set the two of them up! Stick to goalkeeping!”

But Schmeichel stood by his earlier claims about Neymar's performance during a frosty retaliation.

“You know a little bit about football," said the Manchester United great in response to Carragher.

"I have to say I’m trying to compare him to players of the likes of [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, [Diego] Maradona, [Robert] Lewandowski and actually Mbappe.

"I think he changed the game. I don’t think Neymar was brilliant.

“But I’m so happy for you [Carragher] that you are happy that I was wrong. Let me just remind you, that you are out on your brackets – I had PSG! Forgot that?”

PSG will meet the winner of Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig's Thursday night clash in the Champions League semi-finals next week.

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