Brazil vs South Korea Highlights, Round of 16: Brazil easily defeated South Korea 4-1 in an energetic first half to advance to the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 quarterfinals
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With a stunning victory, Brazil swept into the FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals. The Samba Boys defeated South Korea 4-1 to go to the round of eight. Brazil scored four goals against their opposition in the opening period alone.
Vinicius Jr. handed his team the early advantage, which gets doubled when Neymar scored from the penalty spot. Then Richarlison produced a stunning goal, and Lucas Paqueta completed the scoring with ease. In the second half, Paik Seungho scored an incredible goal for South Korea.
An unstoppable Brazil lighted up the night sky on Monday with one of the World Cup’s best performances to destroy South Korea 4-1 and set up a matchup with Croatia in the quarterfinals. The Brazilians completely outclassed the Koreans with a performance that instilled terror in any possible opponents. In addition, they brought a beach soccer swagger to the historic Stadium 974.
With South Korea’s loss, all three Asian league nations who had previously lost in penalty shootouts to Croatia, Australia, and Argentina, respectively, have been out of the tournament.
Five-time winners, to put an early end to any real competition, Brazil, who had not scored in the tournament’s first half of any game thus far, made up for it with four goals before the break.
If that first punch left the Koreans dazed, worse lay ahead. Richarlison was escorted down to the penalty area five minutes later, and the referee immediately pointed to the spot.
Neymar came forward to play with Kim Seung-gyu. Closest to his objective on the far right was the Korean. Neymar patiently waited. He finally trotted towards the ball in his stumbling run-up and, after the goalkeeper was caught off guard, whacked the ball home for his 76th goal for Brazil, one short of the legendary Pele’s total for his country.
Brazil’s organized defense and lively offense limited South Korea to long shots. One of the best goals of the competition made it 3-0 by the halfway point.
Richarlison beat the Koreans to the ball in the air, juggled it on his head and foot before laying off, and then ran onto captain Thiago Silva’s pinpoint pass to easily beat the goalkeeper in a fantastic performance.
In the 36th minute, Lucas Paqueta joined the fun by scoring to make it 4-0. Brazil was given too much room and had an excessive amount of quality upfront. Brazil’s lack of discipline had more to do with the reality that they entered the game only 4-0 up than with any defensive effort the Koreans could manage.
The Brazilians spent more time dancing than defending in the first 45 minutes because of their lavish goal celebrations. The second half was much the same—credit to goalkeeper Kim’s heroics in stopping another hat trick for Brazil. Early in the second half, a more straightforward team would have added more goals. Still, Brazil seemed out of control, and chances were missed because of too complicated flicks or backheels when a short move would have been preferable.
They paid for it when Korean substitute Paik Seung-ho scored a consolation goal for the red team in response to their tireless effort. A minor deflection assisted the goal.
After finishing the game, Brazil unfurled a Pele flag and danced again to celebrate with the crowd after missing half a dozen good chances before the whistle.
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Brazil: Alisson – 8, Militao – 7, Marquinhos – 7, Silva – 8, Danilo – 7, Casemiro – 7, Paqueta – 8, Raphinha – 8, Neymar – 8, Vinicius Junior – 8, Richarlison – 8
Subs: Alves – 6, Bremer – 6, Martinelli – 6, Rodrygo – n/a, Weverton – n/a
South Korea: Seung-Gyu Kim – 7, Moon-Hwan Kim – 6, Young-Gwon Kim – 6, Min-Jae Kim – 6, Jin-Su Kim – 5, In-Beom Hwang – 6, Woo-Young Jung – 5, Hee-Chan Hwang – 7, Heung-Min Son – 6, Gue-Sung Cho – 5, Jae-Sung Lee – 5.
Subs: Jun-Ho Son – 7, Chul Hong – 5, Seung-Ho Paik – 7, Kang-In Lee – 5, Ui-Jo Hwang – n/a
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Brazil head coach Tite returned to a more familiar line-up following the surprise 1-0 beat to Cameroon, with Eder Militao the sole survivor from that match.
The main news was Neymar’s comeback following an ankle injury suffered earlier in the competition.
Meanwhile, Min-Jae Kim & Hee-Chan Hwang began in Paulo Bento’s South Korea, replacing Kyung-Won Kwon & Kang-In Lee.
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How Brazil strolled into the quarterfinals
It was clear from the first match’s frantic opening exchanges at Stadium 974 before it was disassembled that this would be a close contest. However, it was immediately apparent that would only be the case after 15 minutes.
Vinicius Junior took just one touch to manage the ball. He caressed it in with his second touch to put Brazil firmly in control after Raphinha deftly avoided a confrontation on the left side of the box.
And two seconds later, when Woo-Young Jung had caught Richarlison, Neymar successfully executed a penalty to bring the game closer to a historic milestone.
After the significant loss, South Korea became very courageous, with Alisson making an amazing save to save Hee-Chan Hwang’s spectacular 25-yard try goal. At the same time, the back began to develop holes, which were later filled.
Brazil’s third goal exuded the South American flair that will place it among the tournament’s best scores. After the smoothest exchanges between Thiago Silva and Casemiro, Richarlison juggled the ball with his head and finished with composure. If that didn’t end Korean dreams, Paqueta’s goal-directed assist on Vinicius Junior’s scooped cross certainly did.
Tite’s team tried to extend their commanding lead after the half, but Seung-Gyu Kim’s heroic performance in goal kept them from doing so. Nevertheless, their opponents managed to slightly lessen the victory’s luster in the last minutes when substitute Seung-Ho Paik recorded a compassionate goal from 25 yards after a corner had cleared his path.
However, Brazil on Monday night showed an impressive performance in Doha, they are moving closer to glory.
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