Neymar hat trick, Ronaldo record in WCup warmups

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm •  Published: March 5, 2014
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Neymar scored his second international hat trick to lead Brazil over South Africa 5-0 Wednesday night and Cristiano Ronaldo had a pair of goals to set Portugal's career scoring record in a 5-1 win over Cameroon as all 32 World Cup teams prepared for the tournament.

Neymar raised his total to 30 international goals by scoring in the 41st and 46th minutes and in second-half stoppage time at Johannesburg. Oscar and Fernandinho also had goals for World Cup host Brazil, which wore its home yellow jerseys in the first half and switched to road blue for the second half.

Ronaldo's goals in the 21st and 83rd minutes raised his total to 49 in 110 matches since his international debut in 2003. The 29-year-old has two goals more the previous Portugal record set by Pauleta from 1997-06.

"I knew it would come eventually," Ronaldo said. "It's special because I've been in the national team for 10 years now. It's all down to hard work."

Just 99 days before the tournament opens in Sao Paulo, all World Cup teams had matches on the only date before mid-May that clubs had to release their players.

Defending champion Spain beat visiting Italy 1-0 in a 63-minute goal by Pedro Rodriguez. England won 1-0 at home against Denmark on Daniel Sturridge's headed goal from Adam Lallana's cross in the 82nd minute.

"I don't think we were effective as we wanted to be because we didn't get the ball forward quick enough," England coach Roy Hodgson said.

Argentina and Lionel Messi were held to a 0-0 tie at Romania. Germany beat visiting Chile 1-0 as Mario Goetze scored against the run of play in the 16th minute after Mesut Ozil eluded three defenders on the edge of the penalty area.

The United States lost 2-0 to Ukraine in a match moved from Kharkiv to Larnaca, Cyprus, because of political turmoil in the Eastern European nation. Andriy Yarmolenko scored in the 12th minute and Marko Devic in the 68th as Ukraine exposed the shaky American central defense of Oguchi Onyewu and Anthony Brooks.