Neymar equals Pele in record books in Brazil’s meeting with Croatia

Neymar etched his name indellibly into the history books of Brazilian football on Friday, during his country’s World Cup semi-final meeting with Croatia.

The Selecao, of course, are currently locked in action.

After making short work of South Korea in the competition’s Last-16, Tite’s troops were pitted against Croatia for a spot in the final four, amid ongoing efforts to keep the country’s pursuit of a record-extending sixth World Cup crown alive.

And, upon the aforementioned Neymar opening the scoring in Al Rayyan, Brazil looked well on their way to precisely that.

After embarking on a trademark surge through the heart of the Croatian backline, the Paris Saint-Germain standout played a pair of one-twos, before rounding Dominik Livakovic, and slotting into the roof of the net:

And, as alluded to above, in the process, Neymar made history.

Owing to a 77th goal on the international stage, the 30-year-old has equalled the iconic Pele as the top scorer in the history of the Brazilian national team:

Bruno Petkovic’s ensuing equaliser deep into the 2nd-half of extra time, though, means that proceedings at the Education City Stadium have since been sent to a penalty shootout.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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