Neymar climbs to No 2 on Brazil's scoring table

Sports | AGENCIES 15 Oct 2020

Neymar scored a hat-trick against Peru to become the second highest scorer in Brazil's footballing history.

That came with a 4-2 win against 10-man Peru in a World Cup qualifier yesterday.

The goals took Neymar, 28, to 64 Brazil goals - two more than Ronaldo but still behind Pele's on 77.

Brazil coach Tite was reluctant to compare Neymar with past greats.

"Neymar has this unpredictability," he remarked. "He's a player who makes and takes chances. And he gets better and better and more mature."

Peru, the hosts, twice took the lead through Andre Carrillo and a heavily deflected strike from Renato Tapia.

But two controversial Neymar penalties, an injury-time third and a close-range strike from Richarlison maintained Brazil's winning start to qualifying for Qatar 2022.

And Peru had Carlos Zambrano sent off for elbowing Richarlison in the face.

Elsewhere, midfielder Joaquin Correa scored the winner 11 minutes from time as Argentina labored to a 2-1 win over Bolivia in La Paz to maintain a 100-percent record after two matches.

Ecuador dominated Uruguay in a 4-2 victory in Quito while Radamel Falcao scored an injury-time equalizer as Colombia salvaged a point in a 2-2 draw in Chile.

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