Neymar closes in on Pele’s two-goal record

Neymar closes in on Pele’s two-goal record

Neymar closes in on Pele’s two-goal record

Neymar closes in on Pele’s two-goal record. (Credits: Google)

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  • Brazil beats Korea with a thrashing 5-1 goal difference.
  • Brazil is ranked first in FIFA rankings.
  • Brazil vs Japan, South Korea vs Chile to happen on Monday.
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Brazil sent a World Cup message to South Korea with a 5-1 hammering in Seoul on Thursday, with Neymar scoring two calmly taken penalties.

The PSG forward scored his 72nd and 73rd goals for his country, bringing him closer to Pele’s 77 goals for Brazil.

Neymar also outshone South Korean captain Son Heung-min, the joint Premier League Golden Boot winner, who was kept quiet at a crowded Seoul World Cup Stadium by a furious Brazil.

After suffering a right foot injury during training on Wednesday, Neymar’s health for the match was in doubt, but he was the star of the show on a night when Richarlison, Philippe Coutinho, and Gabriel Jesus all scored.

Read More: Raphinha, Neymar lead Brazil to 4-1 win over Uruguay

Brazil, ranked first in FIFA rankings, had a powerful team and looked dangerous almost immediately, with Thiago Silva’s header being ruled out due to an offside ruling.

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On seven minutes, Brazil took advantage of poor South Korean defending to take the lead.

As he surged into the left side of the box, Alex Sandro left himself exposed, setting up Fred for a close-range strike.

Richarlison’s scrappy shot deflected in off goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu after the Manchester United midfielder misfired.

On the half-hour mark, Bordeaux forward Hwang Ui-jo levelled the score, turning and sending it in off the left post.

However, that goal came against the run of play, as Brazil took the lead for the second time on 42 minutes.

Read More: Copa America: Messi’s Argentina will face Neymar’s Brazil in the final

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After a video review, South Korean defender Lee Yong was called for a foul on Sandro inside the area, and Neymar calmly took the penalty, placing it to the left of goalie Kim.

On 57 minutes, Neymar converted his second penalty, this time sliding the ball to Kim’s left, before Coutinho and Jesus added gloss to the score with two well-placed shots.

On Monday, Brazil will face Japan in Tokyo, while South Korea will face Chile on the same day.

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