Brazil coasted into the quarter-finals of the World Cup as an exuberant first-half efficiency helped them to a 4-1 win over South Korea on Monday night time.
Tite’s facet have been boosted by the return of Neymar – who suffered an ankle damage within the opening win over Serbia – and the 30-year-old introduced his return with a penalty that moved him one purpose behind Pele’s worldwide document of 77 (13), which doubled Brazil’s lead after Vinicius Junior’s cool opener (7).
Richarlison then netted his third purpose of the event after among the most beautiful build-up (29) and it was 4-0 earlier than the break when West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta guided in a shot to get in on the act (36).
However with the job already very a lot executed by the break, the momentum slowed after it. Consequently, South Korea didn’t let their heads drop and so they had a quick second to rejoice when Seung-Ho Paik decreased the deficit with a thumping strike (76).
Huge moments within the sport
- 7 min: Vinicius Junior coolly slots opener for Brazil after marvellous work from Raphinha within the build-up.
- 11 min: Richarlison wins penalty after being caught by Woo-Younger Jung because the Korean defender tried to clear the ball and caught his man.
- 13 min: Brazil’s lead is doubled when Neymar calmly dispatches the penalty – his 76th purpose for his nation, one behind Pele.
- 17 minutes: Alisson produces beautiful save to push Hee-Chan Hwang’s lovely goalbound effort from 25 yards over the bar and deny South Korea a manner again in.
- 29 min: Richarlison begins and finishes a fantastically intricate workforce transfer so as to add a 3rd for Brazil.
- 36 min: An beautiful scooped cross from Vinicius Junior tees up Lucas Paqueta to information in a fourth.
- 68 min: Alisson pulls off one other beautiful save to disclaim Heung-Min Son from 12 yards, however the linesman’s flag is raised anyway.
- 76 min: Seung-Ho Paik comes off the bench to rattle in a thumping comfort for South Korea
Unsurprisingly, it was not sufficient to encourage a comeback from Paulo Bento’s facet, who exit after having reached the knockout phases for the primary time since 2010
Brazil, in the meantime, advance to the final eight of the event, the place a conflict with Croatia awaits on Friday afternoon.
Neymar later revealed he had feared his event was over after his damage, saying: “After I acquired injured, I had a really tough night time.
“I used to be pondering of one million various things and I used to be afraid I won’t have the ability to play on this World Cup once more, however I had the help of all my colleagues, my household and I attempted to search for energy the place I couldn’t discover it.
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), Younger-Gwon Kim (6), Min-Jae Kim (6), Jin-Su Kim (5), In-Beom Hwang (6), Woo-Younger 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)
Man of the match: Vinicius Junior
How Brazil sauntered into the quarter-finals
As the ultimate match at Stadium 974 earlier than it’s dismantled started, the excessive tempo of the opening exchanges hinted this could be a aggressive affair. Lower than quarter-hour in, it turned abundantly clear that will not be the case.
Brazil have been quickly very a lot within the groove when Raphinha brilliantly rode a problem on the left-hand facet of the field and despatched a low ball skidding via a bunch of gamers to Vinicius Junior, who took one contact to manage the ball and caressed it residence together with his second.
And it was two very shortly afterwards when Neymar efficiently dispatched a penalty to maneuver nearer to a historic milestone after Richarlison had been caught by Woo-Younger Jung.
The key setback made South Korea develop extra fearless, with Alisson producing a heroic save to push away Hee-Chan Hwang’s beautiful goalbound effort from 25 yards. On the identical time, gaps started to emerge on the again, which have been subsequently punished.
- Brazil head coach Tite reverted to a extra acquainted line-up following the shock 1-0 defeat to Cameroon on Friday, with Eder Militao the only survivor from that match. The headline information was that of Neymar’s return following an ankle damage suffered earlier in event.
- In the meantime, Min-Jae Kim and Hee-Chan Hwang began in Paulo Bento’s South Korea XI, changing Kyung-Received Kwon and Kang-In Lee.
Brazil’s third oozed the South American aptitude that can undoubtedly see it featured among the many objectives of the event. Richarlison juggled the ball together with his head and coolly completed after the slickest of exchanges between Thiago Silva and Casemiro. If that did not finish Korean hopes, Paqueta actually did when he guided Vinicius Junior’s scooped cross residence.
Tite’s males tried to construct on their merely unassailable lead after the break, however an impressed efficiency from goalkeeper Seung-Gyu Kim prevented them from extending their benefit – and their opponents even managed to take a smidgen of gloss off the victory late on, when substitute Seung-Ho Paik rattled in a comfort from 25 yards after a nook was cleared into his path.
However this was Brazil’s night time and it’s they who inch nearer to glory after an imperious efficiency in Doha.
Selecao make historical past with Weverton sub
By bringing on third-choice goalkeeper Weverton in opposition to South Korea, Brazil have now used all 26 members of their squad on the 2022 World Cup. They’ve develop into the primary facet in World Cup historical past to make use of as many as 26 gamers at a single version.
Bento steps down from South Korea function
South Korea coach Paulo Bento introduced his departure from the function within the wake of his facet’s World Cup defeat to Brazil.
The 53-year-old, who took over in August 2018, mentioned he had already made the choice to bow out after the event previous to travelling to Qatar.
Bento mentioned: “We simply have to consider the long run, and it’ll not be with the nationwide workforce of South Korea.
“I’ve simply introduced to the gamers and to the president of the South Korean federation and this was a call I had already taken since September that was set in stone.
“Right now I’ve confirmed it and I’ve to thank them for every little thing they’ve executed. They’ve given their best and I’ve been more than happy and proud to have been their supervisor.”
Nevertheless, on the finish of the press convention, a spokesperson appeared to contradict Bento by saying that he had misspoken and had not give up.
Tite: No disrespect meant by dancing – it helps me adapt with gamers
Brazil coach Tite mentioned his dance celebration throughout his facet’s emphatic win was an expression of pure pleasure at his facet’s daring attacking efficiency – and would assist him bond together with his younger workforce.
Brazil’s gamers rushed over to the dugout after Richarlison put the five-time world champions 3-0 up inside half-hour and Tite briefly joined of their dancing.
“We attempt to adapt to the traits of the gamers,” the 61-year-old mentioned when requested about his strikes at a information convention. “They’re very younger and I attempt to adapt a bit to their language, and a part of their language is dancing.”
He mentioned his gamers informed him earlier than the sport that they’d make him dance with them in the event that they scored.
Not everybody was impressed. Sky Sports activities’ Roy Keane, talking on ITV, mentioned: “Individuals say it is their tradition. However I feel that is actually disrespecting the opposition.”
Tite was at pains to emphasize that was not the case.
“There isn’t any interpretation aside from happiness on the purpose, happiness for the workforce, happiness for the efficiency,” he mentioned. “There was no disrespect for the opposition nor in direction of (South Korean coach) Paulo Bento for whom I’ve lots of respect.”
Participant of the match – Vinicius Junior
The 22-year-old Actual Madrid ahead had been one of many brightest attacking sparks in Brazil’s subdued group-stage performances, so it was maybe no shock that he would play a key function when Tite’s males lastly turned on the model.
Vinicius Junior confirmed composure when he took a contact and positioned his shot into the web in a high-pressure setting and the help he picked up got here from a second of brilliance too, together with his scooped cross effectively completed by Lucas Paqueta.
Brazil gamers show banner in help of Pele after victory
Brazil’s gamers displayed a banner in help of Pele on the pitch as they celebrated their victory at Stadium 974.
The squad unfurled the banner, which featured only one phrase – ‘Pele!’ – alongside an image of the Brazil nice, following their 4-1 triumph.
Talking after the match, Vinicius Junior mentioned: “Lets hope we will keep on dancing all the way in which to the ultimate. And we’re additionally sending an enormous hug to Pele. Let’s hope he recovers rapidly.”
Pele had earlier despatched a message to his compatriots forward of the match.
The three-time World Cup winner mentioned on social media he can be watching the sport from the hospital in Sao Paulo the place he was admitted final week.
There have been considerations over the 82-year-old’s well being when information retailers in Brazil reported that he had been moved to palliative care, however an replace from docs about his therapy for colon most cancers was adopted by a message on Pele’s Instagram web page that he was “robust” and which referred to as for calm.
Forward of Monday night’s last-16 tie, Pele recalled reminiscences of his World Cup debut in 1958, when the 17-year-old helped Brazil raise the Jules Rimet Trophy in Sweden.
He wrote on Twitter: “In 1958, I walked the streets fascinated by fulfilling the promise I made to my father. I do know that right now many have made comparable guarantees and are additionally going searching for their first World Cup. I will be watching the sport from hospital and I will be rooting for every considered one of you. Good luck!”
Harm affected Pele’s contribution to the 1962 and 1966 World Cup finals, however he returned to steer Brazil to a 3rd triumph in Mexico in 1970 as half of what’s extensively considered the best worldwide workforce of all time.
Neymar: I used to be afraid I won’t have performed once more at this World Cup
Following Brazil’s victory on Monday night time, Neymar spoke in regards to the ankle damage he suffered in opposition to Serbia throughout their opening sport of the World Cup.
“After I acquired injured, I had a really tough night time,” he mentioned. “I used to be pondering of one million various things and I used to be afraid I won’t have the ability to play on this World Cup once more, however I had the help of all my colleagues, my household and I attempted to search for energy the place I couldn’t discover it.
“To begin with, I wish to thank God for the energy I’ve to be again on the pitch, to have the ability to practice and to have the ability to do every little thing I wanted to do to be on the pitch once more. Thanks to my physiotherapist, my colleagues, to all of those that inspired me over the previous few days.
“I am very comfortable to be again on the sphere of play and I am very comfortable to have performed effectively. We’re very pleased with our efficiency. We wished to maneuver to the following spherical, we wished to win and that is what we acquired.
“I didn’t really feel any ache on my ankle tonight. I am very content material with my efficiency. That mentioned, I feel we will all the time enhance and that is what I attempt to do. I am not 100 per cent glad with right now, we wanted to purpose for extra.”
Brazil’s potential route to the World Cup final…
Quarter-finals – Friday December 9
Croatia vs Brazil – Kick-off 3pm
Semi-finals – Tuesday December 13
Netherlands or Argentina vs Croatia or Brazil – Kick-off 7pm
Brazil underscore favorite standing – Opta stats
- Brazil scored 4 objectives in a knockout spherical sport on the World Cup for the primary time since 1998 (4-1 vs Chile), scoring extra objectives within the opening 36 minutes of this match (4) than they did of their three group-stage video games mixed (3).
- Korea Republic are winless in all seven of their World Cup video games in opposition to South American sides (D2 L5) – solely Scotland (8) have confronted such nations extra typically with out ever profitable within the competitors.
- Neymar turned simply the third Brazilian to attain in no less than three editions of the World Cup (2014, 2018, 2022), together with Pelé (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970) and Ronaldo (1998, 2002, 2006).
- Brazil led 3-0 after simply 29 minutes, the earliest they’ve gone three objectives forward in a single World Cup match. In the long run, it was simply the second time they’ve scored 4 objectives within the first half of a World Cup match, additionally doing so in opposition to Mexico in 1954.
What does the consequence imply?
Brazil now advance to the World Cup quarter-finals, the place they may face Croatia for a spot within the semi-finals of the event on Friday.
Kick-off on the Schooling Metropolis Stadium will likely be at 3pm.