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Neymar closes in on Pele's all-time scoring record with hat-trick for Brazil

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Neymar surpassed Ronaldo and moved to second on Brazil's all-time goalscoring list with a hat-trick in a 4-2 win against Peru in World Cup qualifying.

(CNN)Neymar surpassed Ronaldo and moved to second on Brazil's all-time goalscoring list with a hat-trick in a 4-2 win against Peru in World Cup qualifying.

Two penalties and a last-minute tap-in took the Paris Saint-Germain forward's tally to 64 for his country, two ahead of Ronaldo and 13 behind Pele's all-time record of 77.

Everton's Richarlison scored Brazil's other goal as the five-time world champion twice had to come from behind to secure the win.

Brazil head coach Tite told reporters after the match that it was "unfair" to compare Neymar and Ronaldo.

The match had a number of controversial VAR moments, particularly the decision to award Neymar a second penalty late in the game with the score tied at 2-2, a decision which surprised even the Brazilian players.

The Everton forward had escaped punishment for a similar incident earlier in the match that left Peru's Miguel Trauco with a bloody wound above his eye.

The latest incidents added to a growing list of decisions that have left South American fans scratching their heads during this international break, the first time VAR has been used in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers

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