Pep Guardiola’s new Manchester City player had a difficult night in Rio de Janeiro for Brazil.
New Manchester City Gabriel Jesus had a difficult night for Brazil in the Olympics, hitting the post from two yards out.
The day after the club confirmed his transfer for an initial £27m , the 19-year-old started for his country in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazil were held to a 0-0 draw by ten-man South Africa, but Jesus missed a fantastic chance to take the lead after 68 minutes when he was faced with an open goal but fluffed his lines.
Neymar also missed two good opportunities and the hosts were booed at the final whistle after being unable to find a way past the comparative minnows.
Jesus’ miss is unlikely to worry the City hierarchy , who were delighted to land their man amid competition from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
A personal phone call from Pep Guardiola proved crucial to his capture.
He is to remain with Palmeiras until the conclusion of the Brazilian league championship before joining City in January.
Brazil are next in action on Sunday when they face Iraq in the Mane Garrincha Stadium before they conclude their group stage matches against Denmark on August 10.