Everton’s Richarlison scored Brazil’s other goal as the five-time world champion twice had to come from behind to secure the win.
“What I can say is Neymar has this unpredictability,” he said. “He is the bow and the arrow, he’s a player who both makes and takes chances. And he gets better and better, and more mature.”
The match had a number of controversial VAR moments, particularly the decision to award Neymar a second penalty late in the game with the score tied at 2-2, a decision which surprised even the Brazilian players.
Peru’s anger was compounded in stoppage time when Carlos Zambrano was shown a red card for an elbow on Richarlison. The Everton forward had escaped punishment for a similar incident earlier in the match that left Peru’s Miguel Trauco with a bloody wound above his eye.
The latest incidents added to a growing list of decisions that have left South American fans scratching their heads during this international break, the first time VAR has been used in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers
Brazil’s victory ensures it begins the grueling 18-month campaign with a 100% record to top the standings on six points along with Argentina, which secured an impressive 2-1 win in the altitude of La Paz, Bolivia earlier in the day.
The top four teams will qualify automatically for Qatar 2022, with the fifth-placed team competing in a two-legged playoff against a country from another continent.