Neymar’s penalty 13 minutes from time earned Brazil a 1-0 win over fellow World Cup qualifiers Japan at Tokyo’s Nationwide Stadium on Monday because the Paris Saint-Germain striker moved to inside three targets of Pele’s all-time nationwide scoring report.
The ahead coolly slotted the ball previous Shuichi Gonda to hit his 74th objective in 119 internationals after being pissed off on a number of events by the Japan goalkeeper in entrance of a rain-soaked crowd of 63,638 followers.
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Brazil’s win got here off the again of their 5-1 thrashing of South Korea on Thursday as Tite’s facet put together for his or her assault on the World Cup in Qatar in November.
The guests threatened early, with Lucas Paqueta hitting the put up inside the primary two minutes when he latched on to Neymar’s instinctive backheel cross inside the realm.
Fred fired over from distance quickly after and Raphina compelled Shuichi Gonda to avoid wasting together with his toes earlier than Neymar’s firmly-struck, curling effort from outdoors the realm was palmed to security by the goalkeeper after flying by means of a crowd of gamers.
Gonda was available once more to maintain out the guests three minutes earlier than the tip of the half, with Pacqueta slipping the ball by means of to Neymar, however the PSG man was denied.
Neymar continued to probe, seeing a shot blocked by Endo’s head eight minutes after the restart, whereas Ko Itakura made a wonderfully timed intervention to place himself between the Brazil striker’s volley and the Japan objective.
The stress ultimately instructed, nevertheless, with Neymar on the coronary heart of the motion as soon as extra.
The 30-year-old’s preliminary effort was properly saved by Gonda however as substitute Richarlison tried to gather possession he was introduced down by Endo and referee Alireza Faghani pointed to the spot.
Neymar despatched Gonda the mistaken strategy to rating for the ninth time in 5 appearances towards the Japanese and transfer nearer to eclipsing Pele’s long-standing mark.