Critics said that Oscar’s talents would be wasted in China. They were wrong. The Brazilian midfielder is expanding his game in extraordinary ways. Since his big money transfer to Shanghai SIPG last month, he’s become a body language expert. That’s right, Oscar can anticipate a player’s next move by watching how they approach the ball.
In Shanghai’s recent 1-0 Asian Champions League win at Seoul, the hosts had the opportunity to cancel out Hulk’s opener when they were awarded a penalty. Unfortunately for Dejan Damjanovic, Oscar was watching closely.
Goalkeeper Yan Junling was helped by the former Chelsea player who, upon seeing Damjanovic’s run-up, pointed frantically to Junling’s right. Sure enough, that’s where Damjanovic decided to hit his shot and Junling saved.
ACL Debut Goal
Oscar scored on his Asian Champions League debut earlier in the month. He opened the scoring in the 3-0 win over Sukhothai. You can watch his penalty-saving heroics in the video below.