Ney­mar is youngest to 100 Brazil caps

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Sin­ga­pore: Ney­mar be­came the youngest player to make 100 ap­pear­ances for Brazil on Thurs­day but the Paris Saint-Ger­main for­ward had to set­tle for a 1-1 draw as he failed to score in a friendly with Sene­gal here. Roberto Firmino opened the scoring for the Copa Amer­ica cham­pi­ons with a stun­ning lob af­ter a Coutinho lay-off in the eighth minute.

As the half pro­gressed, the live­lier Sene­gal be­came, driven on by their cap­tain Cheikhou Kouy­ate. Fa­mara Died­hiou lev­elled from the penalty spot just be­fore half-time af­ter Sa­dio Mane was dragged down in the area. Ney­mar, who was not in the side that won the Copa Amer­ica in June, had a rel­a­tively quiet game but went close with a 67th minute free-kick.

He then teed up Richarli­son whose shot from the edge of the box flashed wide. Is­maila Sarr and Mane both had chances to snatch the game for the Lions of Teranga. Al­though he failed to get on the score­sheet, it was still a big day for the 27-year-old, who be­came one of seven Brazil­ians to reach 100 caps. He has scored 61 goals for the Sele­cao, mak­ing him the third high­est scorer in the his­tory of his na­tional team. Ney­mar is one be­hind Ron­aldo but needs 16 to catch Pele who only played 92 matches. He has also pro­vided 41as­sists.

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