Neymar stars in Brazil's 2-1 win over Argentina

Syndicated from IANS | Published on Thu, Sep 20 2012 12:18 IST | 1 Views | Add comment

Neymar converted a dramatic injury-time penalty as Brazil defeated Argentina 2-1 in their international football friendly.

The game Wednesday looked to be headed for a 1-1 draw in the Brazilian city of Goiania after midfielder Paulinho levelled the scores for the home side following Juan Manuel Martinez's 19th-minute opener, Xinhua reports.

Brazil dominated the second half and was rewarded for their superiority when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Leandro Desabato's clumsy 92nd-minute challenge on Leandro Damiao.

Neymar converted the spot kick to hand Brazil the advantage ahead of the return match in Resistencia Oct 3.

"It was tough, I had to change the way I played in the second half because of the way they were marking me," Neymar said.

"The penalty was the only scoring opportunity I had and fortunately I was able to make the most of it."

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