by: michael eli dokosi /

neymar iiBrazil overcame a stubborn Colombia side with a 2-1 victory in a World Cup qualifier thanks to their star man Neymar.

With just 16 minutes remaining, 24-year-old Neymar came to the rescue in Manaus on Tuesday.

Brazil had a dream start after Miranda opened the scoring in the second minute at the Arena da Amazonia, Colombia however levelled things also in the first half when Brazil’s Marquinhos scored an own goal.

But Brazil shrugged off the challenge and won the day when Neymar fired home from a low strike after a Philippe Coutinho pass.

The win means Brazil are now second in the CONMEBOL standings, equal on points with Argentina and one behind leaders Uruguay after eight games.

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