Brazil vs south Korea quarterfinals
Brazil put on a show as they danced to a lopsided 4-1 victory against South Korea in their World Cup round-of-16 game at the Qatari Stadium 974 early Monday.
Vinicius Jr., Neymar Richarlison, Vinicius Junior, and Lucas Paqueta were all on the scoresheet during an impressive first half as Brazil advanced to a quarterfinal clash with Croatia in the 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia on Dec. 9.
Neymar, who was unable to play Brazil’s last two group matches due to an injury to his ankle in Serbia and Danilo, was back in the first XI at Tite and the Selecao in their pursuit of the sixth World Cup title.
The 82-year-old Brazil legend Pele was cheering on the team from the hospital where he was recuperating from respiratory disease Vinicius. He was quick in making his side the better team by getting on a cross from Raphinha that was not adrift at the back post and calmly bending an effort into the side net.
Vinicius said, “Let’s hope we can keep dancing all the way to the final.” “And Pele gets a big embrace from us, too.” Let’s hope he recovers quickly.”
Jung Woo-Young from South Korea was fouled by Richarlison in the penalty area just minutes after the opener, allowing Neymar to extend the advantage. Neymar, the Paris Saint-Germain star, made no error from the spot and sent goalkeeper Kim Seung-Gyu in the wrong direction to make it 2-0 in just 15 minutes.
Neymar scored his 76th goal for Brazil, which left him just one shy of equalizing Pele for the most goals scored while wearing Brazil’s legendary yellow jersey.
“We’re dreaming of the title, of course,” Brazilian legend Neymar declared. “Today was the fourth game, there are three left. We’re very focused on getting that title.”
Richarlison scored 3-0 just within the first half hour when he slid one of the smoothest goals in the South Korean goal following some incredible individual skill and intelligent interaction with Thiago Silva in the middle of the penalty zone.
For their fourth goal in their first half, Brazil scored against an ineffective South Korea with a counter-attack which was able to see Neymar feed Vinicius, who then picked up a cross to allow Paqueta, who was rushing to the goal, to side-foot the ball home after his first strike.
Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur forced an excellent save from Alisson immediately following the start of play. At the same time, Raphinha was denied twice at the other end of the pitch as the Brazilian tried to increase Brazil’s score.
Despite holding Brazil scoreless in the second half and scoring a stunning final victory by Paik Seung-Ho, South Korea’s World Cup ended the tournament’s high-flying favorites.
After the game, Brazil players took a group picture and held an image of Pele to wish him a happy birthday.
Information obtained from Reuters was utilized to create this story.