Neymar left it late to steer Brazil to a slender victory in a friendly at the Japan National Stadium on Monday.
A 77th-minute penalty from Neymar was enough to bag Brazil a 1-0 win over Japan in a friendly.
It was the Paris Saint-Germain forward’s 74th international goal, leaving him just three goals shy of Pele’s record as the all-time record goalscorer for the Brazilian national team.
Neymar, who has scored six times in his last seven games for Brazil, will get one last crack at Pele’s record in Saturday’s friendly against Argentina.
With a penalty goal this morning, Neymar moves within three of Pele's goal scoring record for Brazil. 👀 pic.twitter.com/ZzodRd4Pr7
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) June 6, 2022
Selecao overcome resilient hosts
The match itself, though, was no walk in the park. Japan gave Brazil a run for their money. The home side had chances to score in a spirited display, although the visitor’s defense was up to the task.
Manchester United midfielder Fred made five tackles, two interceptions, and a block. Real Madrid pair Casemiro and Eder Militao were also called upon, winning the ball eight times overall.
But while Japan gave it their best, Brazil’s attack was relentless. Tite’s side made 21 attempts on goal in search of a winner and finally got their way in the 77th-minute when Endo brought down Richarlison. Neymar then sent goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda the wrong way to put the away side in front.
The 30-year-old’s spot-kick settled an otherwise hotly-contested affair at the Japan National Stadium.