Neymar scored one of the coldest penalties of 2022 as Brazil recorded an impressive 5-1 win over South Korea on Thursday.
Brazil’s star man netted two goals in the rout – both from the penalty spot – while Richarlison, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus also got themselves on the scoresheet.
Neymar has now scored a remarkable 73 goals for Brazil in 118 appearances. Four more goals and the Paris Saint-Germain ace, 30, will equal the great Pele’s record.
Neymar put his national team 2-1 up shortly before half-time courtesy of a cooly-taken penalty.
He then stepped up and took an even colder penalty in the 57th minute.
The flamboyant forward took a few steps to his left before running towards the ball, stuttering his run up and then locking eyes with South Korea goalkeeper Kim Seung-Gyu.
He then stroked the ball past the ‘keeper with an effortless side-footed shot.
Well, it was actually more of a pass than a shot.
The goalkeeper stood back up but could do nothing as the ball rolled past him into the net.
Watch Neymar’s penalty here:
Neymar (2): Brasil 3×1 Coreia do Sul
— Gols Diário (@DiarioGols) June 2, 2022
Ice cold penalty 🥶 🥶 🥶 pic.twitter.com/NSWXZrRdIM
— Best of Football (@BestofFootball8) June 2, 2022
Even in a friendly, you have to have nerves of steel to take a penalty like that.
Let’s check out some of the reaction:
Neymar went on to swap shirts with Tottenham’s Son Heung-min, joint-winner of the 2021-22 Premier League Golden Boot, after full-time.
Muito respeito e admiração neste encontro de craques! 🤩⚽
Foto: Lucas Figueiredo/ CBF pic.twitter.com/sUm5eIeNZ7
— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 2, 2022
Will Brazil win the 2022 World Cup?
Brazil, as always, will be among the favourites to win the World Cup in Qatar this winter.
However, they will face stiff competition from the likes of Argentina, who extended their impressive unbeaten record to win the 2022 Finalissima against Italy at Wembley on Wednesday night.
Lionel Messi was at his world-class best and moved another step closer towards taking Dani Alves’s title as football’s most decorated player.