Neymar edges closer to Pele’s record as Brazil send World Cup warning with dominant win over South Korea

Neymar scored two penalties to move within four goals of Pele at the top of the country’s all-time goalscoring list as Brazil secured a 5-1 win over fellow World Cup qualifiers Korea South, at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Thursday. .

The Paris St Germain striker scored either side of half-time to move to 73 goals in 118 appearances for his country and close to the three-time World Cup winner’s record in a comfortable win for the side. Titus. Richarlison put Brazil ahead in the seventh minute and, although Hwang Ui-jo equalized for Korea just after the half-hour mark, it was the visitors who still looked most likely to win.

Neymar scored from the spot to put his side ahead three minutes before half-time and he was on the ball with another 57th-minute penalty before late goals from Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus sealed a comprehensive victory. Presented in some quarters as a battle between Neymar and Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-min, it was the Brazilian and his teammates who dominated in an often one-sided competition.

The South Americans took an early lead when Alex Sandro burst into the penalty area and brought down Fred, whose attempt was redirected past Kim Seung-gyu by Richarlison from close range. Brazil had already seen Thiago Silva’s header ruled out for offside while Raphinha and Dani Alves also went close before the Koreans scored against the run of play in the 31st minute.

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Receiving possession with his back to goal, Hwang used all of his upper body strength to hold Silva back before turning to fire his right-footed shot into the far corner. The Brazilians, however, were back in front in the 42nd minute when referee Ryuji Sato awarded a penalty following a VAR review as Lee Yong knocked down Sandro and Neymar entered coldly.

He was even calmer when he landed his second kick of the game three minutes before the hour mark after Sandro was knocked down in the box again, this time by Kim Young-gwon. Coutinho added the fourth with 10 minutes remaining and Jesus scored a fifth three minutes into added time when he sprinted through the Korean defense to score low in the corner.

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