Goals from Vinicius Junior, Neymar Junior, Richarlison Andrade and Lucas Paqueta have fired Brazil to the quarter finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, after they defeated South Korea 4-1.
Vinicius Jr opened the scoring in the eighth minute of the game when he fired home from inside the penalty area. Neymar then added the second from the penalty spot, before Richarlison scored one of the goals of the tournament to make it three.
Paqueta got in on the act before the half-time break, volleying in Vinicius Jr’s lobbed assist. Paik Seung-ho pulled one back for South Korea.
South Korea improved after the break and got their consolation, but the game was long since up.
South Korea have got a few men sitting deep for the counter, but it is clear they are looking to move the ball upwards through the flanks.
They tried numerous times to break down the Brazilian backline, but have struggled to create chances in this half. They made an absolute mess of playing out from the back, very bold to still be doing that.
FULL TIME: BRAZIL 4-1 SOUTH KOREA
It’s all over at Stadium 974 as Brazil come away with a ruthless 4-1 victory over South Korea to setup a quarter-final matchup with Croatia.
SECOND HALF: BRAZIL 4-1 SOUTH KOREA
GOAL! Korea on the board!
76′ Brazil 4-1 South Korea
It’s a screamer!
Dani Alves still at it
Dani Alves is on! Not sure where the introduction of a 39-year-old sits on Roy Keane’s scale of opposition disrespect, but good to have a wise old head on to see this one safely over the line.
Chance for Raphinha, Brazil sub
63′ Brazil 4-0 South Korea
A beautiful team move started by Casemiro sees Neymar play Raphinha into the box. Raphinha shoots from close range but Kim Seung-gyu makes another good save.
Tite makes his first change of the night:
Dani Alves comes on, replacing Eder Militao, who was a booking away from a suspension.
50 mins: Casemiro with a lovely ball out wide, Raphinha running onto it.
Looks to play the ball into the box, blocked and bounces back off him, rolling behind for a goal-kick.
HALF-TIME: BRAZIL 4-0 SOUTH KOREA
45+1 mins: Five minutes added on.
Another stunning Brazil move, Raphinha flicks it through to Paqueta who tries to be far too clever with the finish and just scoops it out to the goalkeeper.
Had to blast that with his right foot, would probably have been 5
GOAL! Brazil 4-0 South Korea | Lucas Paqueta 36′
BRAZIL ARE RUNNING RIOT!
This is a ridiculous performance. Comes down the left this time, Vinicius flicking the ball into the box.
Paqueta runs onto it and volleys into the bottom corner. Too easy.
GOAL! Brazil 3-0 South Korea | Richarlison 29′
That is genuinely outrageous. Casemiro lifts the ball into the box, Richarlison juggles it on his head a few times just for fun.
They then bring it down, lovely one-touch passing cuts South Korea open and Richarlison finishes it off.
GOAL! Brazil 2-0 South Korea | Neymar 13′
Neymar takes an age to start his run up, and with the most nonchalant finish ever he rolls it into the bottom corner. Outrageously cool.
This is falling apart for South Korea at a rapid rate.
Jung kicks through Richarlison, as he looked to clear the ball up the pitch. Brazil forward got there first and poked it away.
Not a huge amount of contact really, but just about enough.
GOAL! Brazil 1-0 South Korea | Vinicius Jr 7′
That’s the perfect start. Raphinha in down the right, cut back goes through everyone and finds Vinicius. Takes a touch and then curls it into the far corner. Wonderful finish.
As always, South Korea’s collective fortunes rest squarely on the shoulders of their talisman Son Heung-min.
The Tottenham forward put in a sterling performance in their previous match against Portugal, providing the vital assist to Hwang Hee-Chan’s winner in stoppage time.
The Taegeuk Warriors will need another influential performance from him if they are to knock out the Brazilians.
The South Koreans will aim to pull off yet another World Cup 2022 shock when they take on five-time champions Brazil in Monday’s last-16 showdown at Stadium 974.
The Selecao finished top of Group G on goal difference, while Paulo Bento’s men stunned Portugal on the final day in Group H to qualify for the knockouts in second place.
Brazil attempting to reach their 8th consecutive World Cup Quarter Final and their 17th Quarter Final in the World Cup Finals.
South Korea attempting to reach only their 2nd quarter final, their first outside of their own hosted World Cup Finals.
The winner will play Croatia in the quarter-finals, after they edged Japan on penalties earlier today.