Brazil maintained a 100% record in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers as Everton Ribeiro scored his second goal of the campaign. Neymar, the creator of the first goal, also got on the scoresheet in a neat 2-0 win over Peru.
With the win, the hosts remain six points clear of second-placed Argentina in the standings. Despite missing nine Premier League players due to COVID-19 related protocols the Selecao fared well in the September international break.
Peru were second-best in the game and struggled to offer any kind of attacking threat. They had just one shot on target in the game but defended slightly better in the second half to avoid further embarrassment.
As Brazil wrap up the international break with a routine win, here we take a look at the five talking points from the game.
#5 Brazil continue to dominate in the World Cup qualifiers
Brazil are currently the only side in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers to have not dropped a point and have won eight games in a row. This run stretches to nine consecutive wins across all competitions and is the joint-longest winning run in the history of the competition.
Brazil hold the title for the longest winning run in the qualifying campaign. They had managed to make it nine wins in a row between September 2016 and August 2017.
Given the team's current form, it seems that when the qualifying campaign resumes in October the record will most likely be broken and it remains to be seen how long the young Brazil team will remain unbeaten in the competition.
#4 Peru's struggles against Brazil in the World Cup qualifiers continue
Peru have produced some great displays in recent years. They made it to the final of the Copa America 2019 and the semi-finals of the 2021 edition but were defeated by Brazil on both occasions. Peru's last win over Brazil in a competitive fixture was in the group stage fixture of Copa America 2016.
When it comes to World Cup qualifying fixtures, Peru have not been able to record a win over the South American giants even once. In the 13 times the two sides have squared off in the competition, Brazil have nine games while four games have ended in a draw.
#3 Brazil have a record-breaking game as they keep yet another clean sheet at home
Peru rarely threatened Brazil in the game and they found it tough to create meaningful chances. They could only register one shot on target and, as a result, suffered their fifth defeat of the qualifying campaign.
Well, it was a great outing for the hosts as they kept a clean sheet and maintained a 100% record. With this clean sheet, Selecao created history by becoming the first South American team to keep a clean sheet in nine consecutive home games in the competition. This was also their sixth consecutive clean sheet this campaign.
Brazil and South American football, in general, are renowned for their attacking flair. However Brazil have conceded just two goals conceded in eight games. Their defenders and goalkeeper also deserve some praise for that.
#2 After a lively first half, the intensity dropped down in the second
The game got off to a good start, at least for the hosts, who continued their impressive campaign with a couple of early chances. Peru also had one half-chance, with Gianluca Lapadula's shot going over the bar.
Brazil broke the deadlock in the 14th minute thanks to some great work from Neymar. The PSG star set up Everton Ribeiro in the box, who sidefooted the effort to find the back of the net.
The midfielder thought he scored his second goal of the match five minutes before the break. However, his shot was saved by Pedro Gallese but the rebound fell kindly for Neymar who tapped in to double Brazil's lead.
When the game resumed post the break, Brazil seemed content with a 2-0 margin and the chances came few and few between for either side.
#1 Neymar runs the show for Brazil
The highly anticipated clash between Brazil and Argentina was canceled under controversial circumstances earlier this week. Brazil did not let that affect their morale and recorded another comfortable win in their qualifying campaign. Neymar was the architect of the win over Peru.
Thanks to his goal just five minutes before the break, he is now Brazil's all-time top scorer in World Cup qualifying fixtures. He has been in great form recently and is only expected to add to his ever-growing reputation and goal tally.