Neymar‘s penalty 13 minutes from time earned Brazil a 1-0 win over fellow World Cup qualifiers Japan at Tokyo’s National 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 purpose in 119 internationals after being annoyed on a number of events by the Japan goalkeeper in entrance of a rain-soaked crowd of 63,638 followers.
The guests threatened early, with Lucas Paqueta hitting the submit inside the primary two minutes when he latched on to Neymar’s instinctive backheel cross inside the world.
Fred fired over from distance quickly after and Raphina pressured Shuichi Gonda to save lots of together with his ft earlier than Neymar’s firmly-struck, curling effort from exterior the world was palmed to security by the goalkeeper after flying by a crowd of gamers.
Gonda was readily available once more to maintain out the guests three minutes earlier than the tip of the half, with Pacqueta slipping the ball by 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 purpose.
The stress finally instructed, nonetheless, 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 improper option to rating for the ninth time in 5 appearances in opposition to the Japanese and transfer nearer to eclipsing Pele’s long-standing mark.