Alex Telles

Telles features in Brazil thriller

Wednesday 14 October 2020 09:07

Manchester United new boy Alex Telles came on as a second-half substitute to help Brazil to a 4-2 World Cup qualifying win over Peru in Lima.

The left-back, who the Reds signed from Porto last week, replaced Atletico Madrid's Renan Lodi on 69 minutes, to win his third cap for the national side.

At the time, the scores were level at 2-2, with Andre Carrillo and Renato Tapia twice giving the home side the lead, only to be pegged back by efforts from Neymar - from the spot - and Everton's Richarlison.

Despite only managing just over 20 minutes of action, it was an encouraging performance from Telles, who registered two key passes, created two chances and completed one successful cross.

Tite's side, who beat Bolivia 5-0 in their first Qatar 2022 qualifier last week, eventually made it six points out of six, after an eventful final 10 minutes at the Estadio Nacional.

Neymar converted another penalty to take his Brazil tally to 63 and move beyond Ronaldo into second in the South Americans' all-time scoring chart, behind only the great Pele.

Peru's unused substitute Carlos Caceda was then shown a red card, with Carlos Zambrano soon joining him and Neymar wrapped up his hat-trick in injury-time to send Telles and Brazil to the top of the 10-team CONMEBOL qualifying pool.

They're joined on maximum points by Lionel Messi's Argentina, who grabbed a late 2-1 win in Bolivia earlier in the evening.