Neymar hat trick adds to 8-0 rout vs. China

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Neymar hat trick adds to 8-0 rout vs. China

RECIFE, Brazil - Neymar scored three goals and Brazil routed China 8-0 on Monday, rebounding from a lackluster win over South Africa and easing the pressure on coach Mano Menezes.

Neymar, who was among those jeered three days ago after the poor performance against South Africa, scored in the 26th, 54th and 60 minutes at the Arruda Stadium in the northeastern city of Recife.

Ramires opened the scoring in the 22nd, Lucas added another in the 48th and Hulk got his goal in the 51st. Brazil also scored through an own goal by Chinese defender Liu Jianye in the 71st, and Oscar sealed the victory in the 75th.

During that 1-0 win over South Africa on Friday, fans in Sao Paulo loudly jeered the team, especially Menezes.

AP

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