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South America, Under 20s

Flying Start for Neymar

Neymar scored four past Paraguay in Brazil's opening match

Neymar is already making a huge impression at the South American Under 20s Championship in Peru.

The Brazilian scored a stunning four goals in his country’s opening game, and added to his total in their second.

Paraguay were the victims of Neymar’s stunning display in a game which finished 4-2.

The first goal came courtesy of Casemiro. He won a penalty which Neymar was able to convert to put the Samba outfit 1-0 ahead. He then added to his tally by pouncing upon a deflected shot from Lucas.

After the break, Brazil saw Ze Eduardo sent off and were distracted for a brief moment. Diego Vieira managed to pull one back for the Paraguayians, but then Neymar stepped forward to complete his hat-trick, catching Paraguay on the counter-attack.

The final and fourth goal was the best of the lot. Mario Ovando was left helpless as the sweetest chip by the 18-year-old drifted into the net sparking wild celebrations and praise from the Brazilians. Brian Montenegro scored a mere consolation goal in the final moments for Paraguay but Brazil were truly deserved winners.

Neymar continued this stunning form into his next match as Brazil faced Colombia. The young starlet scored the final goal of Brazil’s three during a 3-1 victory. Casimiro struck first for Brazil and Willian added a second not long after. Cardona gave the Colombians some hope as he converted a penalty after 65 minutes.

On 86 minutes, Neymar seemed to put the game beyond doubt as he scored his fifth goal in two games. He scored to put Brazil in firm control of group B.

Elsewhere in Group B, Bolivia suffered defeat in their first game against Paraguay with a single Ivan Torres goal being the difference. Colombia drew their opening match with Ecuador. Both goals came from penalties as Cazore and Cardona converted for Ecuador and Paraguay respectively.

In Group A, The Youth Radar’s highly recommended Michael Hoyos grabbed a goal for Argentina in their opening victory over Uruguay. Palenta put the Uruguayians ahead early on but Hoyos managed to get one back in a game which looked like heading for a draw. Against the run of play, Juan Manuel Iturbe scored a last minute winner to give the Argentians the full three points.

Argentina continued this winning form into their second match and beat the hosts, Peru, 2-1. The host nation has been disappointing so far as they lost their opening game 2-0 against Chile courtesy of goals from Lorenzo Reyes and Jose Martinez.

In the other game so far, Venezuela drew 1-1 with Uruguay.

Courtesy of Wikipedia, here is the group tables so far.

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6
 Chile 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
 Venezuela 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
 Uruguay 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
 Peru 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 2 2 0 0 7 3 +4 6
 Paraguay 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1 3
 Ecuador 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
 Colombia 2 0 1 1 2 4 −2 1
 Bolivia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.


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