Brazil 5-1 Tunisia: Neymar closes on Pele record as Selecao cruise in Paris


Neymar now needs just three goals to surpass Pele and become Brazil’s all-time leading scorer after netting in a 5-1 win over Tunisia.

Neymar closed in on Pele’s all-time Brazil goalscoring record as the Selecao eased to a commanding 5-1 win over 10-man Tunisia at the Parc des Princes.

Playing on his home turf at club level, the Paris Saint-Germain striker netted his 75th senior international goal from the penalty spot – holding on two minutes from time to equalize legendary striker Pel√©’s tally.

Raphinha struck twice, while Richarlison and Pedro were also on target as Tite’s side completed their World Cup preparations in emphatic fashion.

Montassar Talbi scored in what proved to be a consolation for Tunisia, who had Dylan Bronn sent off as they suffered their first defeat in eight games.

Brazil took the lead in the 11th minute when Casemiro’s floated ball into the box met Raphinh, who curled a header wide of Aymen Dahmen’s shot.

Tunisia responded when Talbi nodded in Anis Ben Slimane’s free-kick, but the Selecao were back in front less than two minutes later, Richarlison latching on to Raphinh’s neat through ball and drilling through Dahmen’s legs.

Neymar made it 3-1 when he calmly converted from 12 yards after Aissa Laidouni had pulled down Casemiro, before Raphinha fired home his second of the game from Richarlison’s clearance.

Tunisia were reduced to 10 men before the break and Bronn was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Neymar.

Antony and Vinicius Junior went close to extending the lead in the second half before Pedro scored Brazil’s fifth after 16 minutes – the Flamengo forward volleying brilliantly for his first international goal.

Casemiro and Thiago Silva almost made it six, but the Selecao have already done more than enough to extend their unbeaten run to 15 games.

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