World News – US – Neymar second only behind Pelé on Brazil’s scorers list after beating Peru by hat-trick


Neymar is second behind Pelé among Brazil’s all-time top scorers after his team hat-trick 4-2 victory in Peru and first place in qualifying for the South American World Cup

The 28-year-old striker has 64 goals for Brazil, overtaking Ronaldo He celebrated one of his goals by mimicking the old No.9 celebration by showing his index finger

Neymar scored twice on the spot in Lima and once in added time as Brazil came back twice from behind He is 13 goals behind Pelé’s tally

Hours earlier, Argentina had beaten Bolivia 2-1, winning in the altitude of La Paz for the first time since 2005 Brazil and Argentina each have six points in two games, but Brazil have a superior goal difference after beating Bolivia 5-0 in São Paulo last week

In other results, Colombia were held to a 2-2 draw in Chile, Uruguay lost 4-2 in Ecuador and Paraguay beat Venezuela 1-0 away

Peru started off against Brazil imposing their aggressive style and reaped the rewards in the sixth minute when André Carrillo scored with a volley from the edge of the box But Brazil recovered and Neymar landed a first penalty, which he calmly converted in the 28th minute

A Renato Tapia shot deflected by substitute defender Rodrigo Caio put Peru in the lead just before the hour mark but five minutes later Richarlison made it 2-2 after a close range header from Roberto Firmino

Pressure from Brazil resulted in a second penalty, also converted by Neymar, who scored again in added time, on a rebound after Everton Ribeiro’s shot hit the post, shortly after the defender Peruvian Carlos Zambrano was expelled

La Paz has old traumas for Argentina in the World Cup qualifiers The biggest was in 2009, when Bolivia won an astonishing 6-1 victory, and in 2017 they lost 2- 0 over there

History looked set to repeat itself after Marcelo Martins opened the scoring for the hosts with an easy header in the 24th minute But in the first half, Bolivia’s José Carrasco failed to clear close to the line and the ball hit the right leg of Lautaro Martínez and went into the net

The goal made Martínez the first Argentinian player other than Messi to score in a World Cup qualifier since a 3-0 home win over Colombia in 2016 Seven games have been played between

Argentina took advantage of another Bolivia defensive mistake in the 79th minute Messi found Martínez on the edge of the box and the Internazionale striker calmly helped anonymous Joaquin Correa, who scored with a left foot shot

It was a great victory at altitude, where it costs more, â ???? Messi said on his social media channels

The Bolivian national team is mired in a political struggle between the clubs and the national sports governing body, and many of its main players are absent from the World Cup qualifiers

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World news – United States – Neymar second only ahead of Pelé on Brazil’s charts after beating Peru by a hat-trick



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