Neymar is second solely to Pelé amongst Brazil’s all-time main scorers after his hat-trick gave the workforce a 4-2 win in Peru and prime spot in South American World Cup qualifying.
The 28-year-old striker has 64 targets for Brazil, overtaking Ronaldo. He celebrated one in every of his targets by mimicking the previous No 9’s celebration exhibiting his index finger.
Neymar scored twice from the spot in Lima and as soon as in added time as Brazil twice got here from behind. He’s 13 targets behind Pelé’s tally.
Hours earlier Argentina beat Bolivia 2-1, successful within the altitude of La Paz for the primary time since 2005. Brazil and Argentina every have six factors from two video games however Brazil have a superior aim distinction after thrashing Bolivia 5-0 in São Paulo final week.
In different outcomes, Colombia have been held to a 2-2 attract Chile, Uruguay misplaced 4-2 in Ecuador and Paraguay beat Venezuela 1-0 away.
Peru began in opposition to Brazil by imposing their aggressive type and reaped the advantages within the sixth minute when André Carrillo scored with a volley from the sting of the field. However Brazil recovered and Neymar earned a primary penalty, which he calmly transformed within the twenty eighth minute.
A Renato Tapia shot deflected by the substitute defender Rodrigo Caio put Peru forward simply earlier than the hour however 5 minutes later Richarlison made it 2-2, following a close-range header by Roberto Firmino.
Brazil’s strain introduced a second penalty, additionally transformed by Neymar, who scored once more in added time, swooping on a rebound after Everton Ribeiro’s shot hit the publish, shortly after the Peru defender Carlos Zambrano was despatched off.
La Paz has previous traumas for Argentina in World Cup qualifiers. The largest was in 2009, when Bolivia had an astonishing 6-1 win, and in 2017 they misplaced 2-0 there.
Historical past appeared set to repeat after Marcelo Martins opened the scoring for the hosts with a straightforward header within the twenty fourth minute. However in first-half stoppage time Bolivia’s José Carrasco did not clear near the road and the ball hit the precise leg of Lautaro Martínez and went into the web.
The aim made Martínez the primary Argentina participant apart from Messi to attain in a World Cup qualifier since a 3-0 dwelling win in opposition to Colombia in 2016. Seven matches came about in between.
Argentina capitalised on one other defensive mistake by Bolivia within the 79th minute. Messi discovered Martínez on the sting of the field and the Internazionale striker calmly assisted the unmarked Joaquin Correa, who scored with a left-foot shot.
“It was an excellent win within the altitude, the place it prices extra,” Messi mentioned on his social media channels.
Bolivia’s nationwide workforce are mired in a political struggle between golf equipment and the game’s nationwide governing physique, and plenty of of their fundamental gamers are sitting out World Cup qualifiers.