Vinicius Junior, Neymar, Richarlison and Lucas Paquetá were on the scoreboard in a dominant first half as Brazil advanced to the quarterfinals against 2018 World Cup finalist Croatia on December 9.
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Neymar, who had missed Brazil’s last two group games after picking up an ankle injury against Serbia, and Danilo returned to Tite’s starting XI with the Selecao continuing their quest for a sixth World Cup title. World.
With Brazil legend Pelé, 82, rooting for the team from a hospital as he recovered from a respiratory illness, Vinicius wasted no time putting his team ahead, solving a Raphinha cross that found him wide at the far post. and calmly. the side net.
“Hopefully we can keep dancing until the final,” Vinicius said. “And we also send a big hug to Pelé. Let’s hope she recovers soon.”
South Korea’s Jung Woo-Young fouled Richarlison in the box minutes after the first goal to give Neymar the chance to double the lead. The Paris Saint-Germain star made no mistake from the penalty spot and sent goalkeeper Kim Seung-Gyu the wrong way to make it 2-0 in 15 minutes.
Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal for Brazil against South Korea at the World Cup. Francois Nel/Getty Images
The goal was Neymar’s 76th for Brazil, leaving him one shy of tying Pelé for the most goals scored in the country’s famous yellow jersey.
“We dream of the title, of course,” said Brazilian talisman Neymar. “Today was the fourth game, there are three left. We are very focused on getting that title”.
Richarlison made it 3-0 before half an hour, slipping the easiest shot into the South Korean goal after some brilliant individual skill and a clever interaction with Thiago Silva at the top of the penalty area.
For their fourth goal of the first half, Brazil pummeled a defenseless South Korea with a counter-attack in which Neymar fed Vinicius, who in turn finished off a cross for Paquetá to charge with his side foot on his first touch.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min forced a great save from Alisson just after the restart, and Raphinha was denied twice at the other end as she looked to add to Brazil’s tally.
Despite holding Brazil goalless in the second half and scoring an impressive late consolation goal through Paik Seung-Ho, the damage was done as the World Cup came to a close in South Korea against the favorites of the high flying tournament
After the match, the Brazil players took a group photo and held up a banner with Pelé’s image to wish him well.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.