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World Cup Qualifiers: Neymar scores thrice in Brazil’s 4-2 win against Peru to move ahead of Ronaldo as second top scorer

Paris Saint Germain forward Neymar moved past Ronaldo De Lima and behind only Pele in Brazil’s all-time goalscoring rankings with a hat-trick in a 4-2 World Cup qualifying win in Peru.

Peru’s Andre Carrillo put the home side ahead after six minutes with a crisp volley from outside the box, making it his third goal in two games. However, Neymar responded from the spot in the 28th minute after he had been fouled.

Peru then forged ahead in the game after 59 minutes when Renato Tapias’ 25-meter shot hit Rodrigo Caio before rolling into the net but Everton’s Richarlison drew Brazil level five minutes later.

Neymar then got his second to put Brazil ahead for the first time in the game from the penalty spot yet again with seven minutes left after Peru’s Carlos Zambrano was sent off.

And Neymar put the icing on the cake to earn his 64th international goal when he stabbed home in injury time to make it 4-2.

Only Pele, with 77 goals, has scored more for Brazil than Neymar.

Brazil and Argentina, however, now top the group after winning both of their opening matches, while Paraguay, who drew with Peru in their opener, are third on four points.

Tite after the win was reluctant to compare Neymar with the country’s past stars, saying: “What I can say is Neymar has this unpredictability.

He is the bow and the arrow, he’s a player who both makes and takes chances. And he gets better and better, and more mature.”

FIFA World Cup Qualifying Tournament (South America)

# Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1  Brazil 2 2 0 0 9 2 +7 6
2  Argentina 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 6
3  Colombia 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 4
4  Paraguay 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4
5  Ecuador 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 3
6  Uruguay 2 1 0 1 4 5 -1 3
7  Chile 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1 1
8  Peru 2 0 1 1 4 6 -2 1
9  Venezuela 2 0 0 2 0 4 -4 0
10  Bolivia 2 0 0 2 1 7 -6 0
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