Brazil vs South Korea was a spectacular knockout match to watch and the Brazilian team showed their class convincingly marching past Korea Republic with four astounding, classical goals in 29 first-half minutes, with Neymar making a splendid comeback converting a penalty in their 4-1 victory against Korea.
Coach Tite’s team will now face Croatia quarter-final on Friday for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The Brazilians advanced into the last four leg after scoring goals from Vinicius Junior, Neymar, Richarlison, and Lucas Paqueta in a commanding first half.
Their star striker Neymar defied expectations to return from injury and the inimitable Paris Saint-Germain forward was celebrating after only 13 minutes.
Brazil were awarded a penalty after defender Jung Wooyoung was surprised by Richarlison’s sudden emergence on his shoulder and clipped the attacker’s ankle when attempting a clearance.
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Neymar was reportedly ruled out of this thrilling Qatar World Cup in the more pessimistic reports. According to the doom-sayers, Tite will be without his star player because of an ankle injury suffered during Brazil’s first triumph over Serbia.
Regarding Neymar’s fitness, the rumblings from the Brazil team remained resolutely optimistic. But did the optimistic medical bulletins have expectations or were they motivated by hope? We knew the answer as Neymar joyfully embraced his audacious penalty convert 13 minutes into his comeback.
Neymar wasn’t necessary for Brazil to win, according to all the evidence from a largely one-sided match. The 30-year-positive old’s impact on his teammates is undeniable, though, as seen by the fact that some of the younger players on the team, including Richarlison, refer to him as their football hero.
Neymar is the third Brazilian to score in three or more World Cups after Pele (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970) and Ronaldo (1998, 2002, 2006).
Neymar said “All this suffering is valid so that in the end we can crown something so beautiful. Now it’s time for us to go way further. The trophy is a dream, obviously, but we have to go step by step. There are three more games to go, and we’re focused on the trophy”.
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Korea Republic forward Son Heungmin: ”We gave everything. Don’t blame us. With these Brazil players, if you give one of them spaces they score. I don’t want to blame any of our players because they gave everything.
“I am so proud of what they did. It’s not easy to play, especially for young guys who came on and played from the start – they did a great job for our country and I hope they don’t stop working and I hope the young guys realise how important it is to play in the World Cup. I am very proud and very happy that the young guys did an amazing job for the national team and for the country.
With 82-year-old Brazil legend Pele cheering the team from a hospital while recovering from a respiratory illness, Vinicius wasted no time putting his side ahead, settling a cross from Raphinha that found him unmarked at the back post and calmly curling a shot into the side netting.
“Let’s hope we can carry on dancing all the way to the final,” Vinicius said. “And we are also sending a big hug to Pele. Let’s hope he recovers quickly.”
South Korea’s Jung Woo-Young fouled Richarlison in the area minutes after the opener to give Neymar a chance to double the lead. The Paris Saint-Germain star made no mistake from the spot, sending goalkeeper Kim Seung-Gyu the wrong way to make it 2-0 inside of 15 minutes.