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Brazil, Argentina lead qualifying
    2020-10-15  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A HAT trick by Neymar on Tuesday gave Brazil a 4-2 win at Peru and the lead in South American World Cup qualifying.

The 28-year-old striker now has 64 goals for Brazil, overtaking Ronaldo. He celebrated one of his goals by mimicking the former No. 9’s celebration showing his index finger.

An apparently more mature Neymar scored twice from the spot in Lima and once in added time to lead Brazil, which twice rallied from behind. He’s now 13 goals behind the great Pele’s career tally.

Hours earlier Lionel Messi’s Argentina lineup topped Bolivia 2-1, scoring its first win in the altitude of La Paz since 2005, to also make it two victories from two starts in the round-robin group stage.

Brazil and Argentina each have six points, but the Brazilians lead the standings with a superior goal difference after thrashing Bolivia 5-0 in the opening game in Sao Paulo last week.

In other results Tuesday, Colombia was held to a 2-2 draw at Chile, Uruguay lost 4-2 at Ecuador and Paraguay beat Venezuela 1-0 away with a goal by Gaston Gimenez in the 85th minute.

The next qualifiers in South America will be in November. South America will have four direct berths in the 2022 World Cup. The fifth-best team can earn qualification through an intercontinental playoff.

Peru started the match imposing its aggressive style and reaped the benefits in the 6th minute, with a right-foot volley by Andre Carrillo from the edge of the box. It was his third goal in South American qualifiers. Brazil recovered and continued to press, and Neymar’s looming presence in the box brought a first penalty, which the star striker calmly converted to equalize in the 28th.(SD-Agencies)

(SD-Agencies)

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