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Brazil 4-1 South Korea

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Brazil delivered an ominous message to their World Cup rivals with a dazzling display of attacking brilliance to dismantle South Korea and set up a quarter-final against Croatia.
Brazil celebrate by dancing
Brazil are the first side to score four goals in the first half of a World Cup knockout game since Germany did so against them in the 2014 semi-final

Brazil delivered an ominous message to their World Cup rivals with a dazzling display of attacking brilliance to dismantle South Korea and set up a quarter-final against Croatia.

Neymar made a goalscoring return to action after injury at Stadium 974, but Brazil’s superstar was only one element of a devastating performance that ripped South Korea to shreds and settled this last-16 game well before half-time.

Vinicius Junior set the tone with a composed penalty-area finish from Raphinha’s cross after seven minutes, and Neymar doubled Brazil’s advantage from the spot six minutes later fouling a foul on Richarlison.

It was Neymar’s 76th goal for Brazil, leaving him just one behind the legendary Pele’s all-time record.

Richarlison then added to his personal showreel of great goals at this World Cup when he followed his spectacular volley against Serbia with a real work of art, controlling the ball three times with his head and foot before moving into position take Thiago Silva’s pass in his stride and score.

Brazil went four up with another gem after 36 minutes, Vinicius picking out Lucas Paqueta for West Ham’s expensive acquisition to score with a well-placed volley.

South Korea, to their great credit, continued to compete and forced several fine saves from Brazil keeper Alisson, before substitute Paik Seung-ho pulled one back with a glorious 30-yard strike to add to the night’s collection of special goals.

Brazil set World Cup standard

Lucas Paqueta celebrates scoring for Brazil
Lucas Paqueta scored his first goal in the 2022 World Cup

For 45 minutes at Stadium 974, Brazil hit heights no other team has reached at this World Cup, demonstrating the level that will be required to overcome Tite’s team, producing a collection of goals constructed in their country’s best traditions.

And it was all achieved with the smooth freedom of expression that is Brazil’s trademark, a four-goal half-time advantage going some way to demonstrating their supremacy.

Richarlison’s goal was a golden moment of the tournament, followed by a team dance that rather incongruously included coach Tite.

Neymar eased himself back into action with silky touches and his goal, before being replaced late on after proving his fitness following the ankle injury sustained against Serbia that forced him out of two group games.

He is part of a potent Brazil attacking triumvirate alongside Richarlison and Vinicius, both on the scoresheet and both making a serious mark on this World Cup.

Tite was so comfortable with Brazil’s position that he was able to give Alisson a rest and send on third-choice keeper Weverton for World Cup action.

Brazil will now be heavy favourites against Croatia after putting down a marker with the best display – or at least 45 minutes before they eased up – by any team in Qatar so far.

Alisson outstanding as Brazil also shine in defence

Alisson
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was substituted in the 80th minute after an impressive performance

Brazil’s three-goal victory margin was convincing and deserved, but there was another aspect to this win that showed just how strong Tite’s squad is.

South Korea may have been outclassed for large parts of the game but they still had plenty of chances, only to run into one of the world’s outstanding goalkeepers in Liverpool’s Alisson.

For all the understandable attention on Neymar and his attacking cohorts, Brazil have a last line of defence that stands comparison with anyone at this tournament, with Manchester City’s Ederson a world-class deputy and Weverton seeing action here.

South Korea never gave up trying to create opportunities but Alisson was outstanding, tipping over a long-range effort from Hwang Hee-chan before reacting quickly to block him after the break, and racing off his line to thwart Tottenham’s Son Heung-min when he was clean through.

Brazil may be full of attacking options but they also have the protection of Alisson, who has taken his outstanding form at club level this season on to the World Cup stage.

Player of the match

Vinícius Júnior

with an average of7.59

  1. Squad number20Player nameVinícius Júnior
    Average rating

    7.59

  2. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    7.14

  3. Squad number9Player nameRicharlison
    Average rating

    7.07

  4. Squad number10Player nameNeymar
    Average rating

    6.96

  5. Squad number3Player nameThiago Silva
    Average rating

    6.90

  6. Squad number11Player nameRaphinha
    Average rating

    6.82

  7. Squad number5Player nameCasemiro
    Average rating

    6.81

  8. Squad number7Player nameLucas Paquetá
    Average rating

    6.72

  9. Squad number4Player nameMarquinhos
    Average rating

    6.50

  10. Squad number26Player nameGabriel Martinelli
    Average rating

    6.40

  11. Squad number13Player nameDani Alves
    Average rating

    6.29

  12. Squad number14Player nameÉder Militão
    Average rating

    6.26

  13. Squad number12Player nameWeverton
    Average rating

    6.17

  14. Squad number2Player nameDanilo
    Average rating

    6.17

  15. Squad number21Player nameRodrygo
    Average rating

    6.03

  16. Squad number24Player nameBremer
    Average rating

    5.95

Home TeamBrazilAway TeamSouth Korea
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away13
Source:BBC Sport
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