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Neymar is a starter for Brazil in the World Cup round of 16 tie against South Korea

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Neymar returns to Brazil‘s starting lineup for Monday’s World Cup round of 16 tie against South Korea.

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The world’s most expensive footballer is back for the match at Doha’s Stadium 974 after missing Brazil’s last two matches with a sprained ankle he suffered in their opening 2-0 win over Serbia.

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Neymar needs just two more goals to equal Pelé’s all-time record of 77 for Brazil.

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Full-back Danilo also returns from injury as Tite makes 10 changes to his squad after rotating his squad for Friday’s 1-0 loss to Cameroon, which came after they had already concluded qualification for the knockout phase.

Eder Militao is the only player to keep his place, but the Real Madrid defender is expected to start at right-back as captain Thiago Silva and Marquinhos return to the heart of the defence.

South Korea coach Paulo Bento makes two changes as he welcomes Napoli centre-back Kim Min-jae, who missed the last-gasp 2-1 win over Portugal that left them through.

Wolves forward Hwang Hee-chan is also rewarded with a start, as he scored the game-winning goal in that game.

Kwon Kyung-won and Lee Kang-in are the breakout players.

The winners will advance to the quarterfinals on Friday against Croatia, which previously defeated Japan on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra time.

Starting formations: Brazil (4-2-3-1) Alisson Becker; Eder Militao, Thiago Silva (captain), Marquinhos, Danilo; Lucas Paqueta, Casemiro; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Junior; Richarlison’s coach: Tite (BRA) South Korea (4-2-3-1) Kim Seung-gyu; Kim Moon-hwan, Kim Min-jae, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Jin-su; Jung Woo-young, Hwang In-beom; Hwang Hee-chan, Lee Jae-sung, Son Heung-min (ch.

); Cho Gue-sung Coach: Paulo Bento (POR) Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)

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