Neymar scored a pair of penalties to move to within four goals of Pele at the top of the men’s all-time scoring list as Brazil cruised to a 5-1 win over fellow World Cup qualifiers South Korea at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Thursday.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker netted either side of half-time to move onto 73 goals in 118 appearances for his country and close in on the three-time World Cup winner’s record in a comfortable win for Tite’s side.
Neymar netted from the spot to put his side back in front three minutes before half-time and he was on hand with another penalty in the 57th minute before late goals from Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus put the seal on a comprehensive win.
“I didn’t expect this reception,” Neymar said after the game.
“There was a lot of love shown by the fans here, from [South] Korea, from all over the country. It was phenomenal. It [affection] was not just for me, but for our entire team. Congratulations to South Korea too, they played a good game and made it difficult for us.”
Receiving possession with his back to goal, Hwang used all his upperbody strength to hold off Silva before turning to fire his right foot shot into the far corner.
He was even more composed when he rolled his second spot-kick of the game home three minutes before the hour mark after Sandro was again brought down in the box, 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 Korea defence to score low into the corner.