Five-time champions Brazil reached the quarter-finals of the Qatar World Cup by destroying South Korea. Brazil defeated the Asian team South Korea 4-1 in the last sixteen matches on Monday. Within 36 minutes of the match, Tite disciples secured the way to win the match by scoring four goals in South Korea’s net.
Vinicius Junior, Neymar, Richarlison, and Lucas Paqueta scored four goals for Brazil. The only goal for South Korea came from the foot of Paik Seung-ho.
Brazil played with Neymar and Danilo in the match held at Doha’s 974 Stadium. They suffered an ankle injury in the first match of the group stage. Brazil is energized after getting Neymar-Danilo. The South American team started playing aggressively from the beginning of the match. Brazil scored 2 goals in South Korea’s net in 13 minutes.
In the seventh minute, Rafinha created a right-wing attack. He entered the South Korean box and passed to the left. Neymar-Richardson in the middle of the box could not reach the ball. The ball goes to the striker Vinicius Jr. who is behind. Vinicius (1-0) scored with Konakuni’s shot after stopping the ball.
After that, Brazil doubled the goal difference in 13 minutes from the open penalty. Brazil got a penalty for fouling Richarlison inside the D box. South Korean midfielder Jung Woo-young put his foot on Richarlison’s leg while taking a shot, and the referee ordered a penalty. The best player on the team, Neymar, scored the penalty to give Brazil a 2-0 lead. Which was Neymar’s first goal in this World Cup. Neymar has set a unique precedent through this goal.
Neymar became the third Brazilian player to score in three different World Cups. Neymar scored a goal in the World Cup after the 2014 and 2018 World Cups even though he did not play in the 2010 season. Before Neymar, two legends of his country, Pele and Ronaldo, achieved this feat. With this goal, Neymar stood next to the legendary Pele. Pele’s number of goals in Brazil’s jersey is 77, Neymar’s 76.
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Brazil did not stop even after leading 2-0. Rather, South Korea is more squeezed. But in between, South Korea was desperate for a goal. In the 17th minute, South Korea was denied a sure goal by the determination of Brazil’s goalkeeper Alison. Midfielder Hwang Hee-chan took a shot that floated in the air from 25 yards. His shot swerved to the left and was saved for a corner by Alisson.
However, in the 29th minute of the counter-attack, Brazil once again enjoyed the joy of the goal. The goal was a nice one-on-one pass. Richarlison went inside by passing Marquinhos from outside the D box. Thiago Silva receives the ball from Marcunejos. Until then, Richarlison was empty inside the box of South Korea. Thiago Silva gave the ball to him. Richarlison scored with a left-foot shot after stopping the ball with his right foot (3-0).
Brazil continued to play aggressively with a 3-0 lead. Samba’s rhythmic football shows hunger for goals. After that, they did not have to wait long to get the fourth goal. Vinicius, the owner of the first goal, got the ball from the midfield and entered the South Korean box without wasting time. Midfielder Lucas Paqueta fooled South Korea goalkeeper Kim Seung-gayu with a flying right-footed shot. Brazil finished the first half of the match with a goal against South Korea.
Brazil led 4-0 at the end of the first half. It brings back memories of 1954. Brazil was leading 4-0 in the first half of the match against Mexico in Switzerland. After 68 years, Neymar and Richarlison set the precedent of scoring a goal in the opponent’s net in the first half of the World Cup. Brazil had 57 percent of the ball in the first half.
South Korea missed the chance to score in the first attack after the break. Midfielder Son Haeng-min took the shot from defender Kim Yong-gun’s assist. But Brazil’s goalkeeper Allison blocked it.
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After that, Allison denied South Korea a goal even in 68 minutes. Midfielder Huang Hee-chan took a shot on goal in Brazil’s box. Allison blocked the shot by jumping to the right.
However, Allison could not deprive South Korea of the first goal in the 76th minute. Midfielder Paik Seung-ho gets a ball out of the box from a flying free-kick. Pike sent a great long-range ball into the Brazilian net from about 20 yards. South Korea made the gap 4-1.
In the end, Brazil won the match 4-1 and left the field. After winning the match, Neymar-Vinicius-Richarlison stood in front of the camera with a picture of the Brazilian legend Pele.
Croatia beat Brazil’s opponent Japan in the quarter-finals.