FIFA World Cup - Round of 16
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Brazil 4-1 South Korea: Dazzling Brazil dismantle South Korea to set up quarter-final against Croatia

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Stadium 974, Doha

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 Jr 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 for 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 to 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

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 a taste of 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 best 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 stage.

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

Player of the match

Vinícius JúniorVinícius Júnior

with an average of 7.58

Brazil

  1. Squad number20Player nameVinícius Júnior
    Average rating

    7.58

  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

    6.80

  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

    6.16

  15. Squad number21Player nameRodrygo
    Average rating

    6.02

  16. Squad number24Player nameBremer
    Average rating

    5.95

South Korea

  1. Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-min
    Average rating

    6.79

  2. Squad number8Player namePaik Seung-ho
    Average rating

    6.47

  3. Squad number11Player nameHwang Hee-chan
    Average rating

    6.46

  4. Squad number16Player nameHwang Ui-jo
    Average rating

    6.28

  5. Squad number18Player nameLee Kang-in
    Average rating

    6.19

  6. Squad number9Player nameCho Gue-sung
    Average rating

    6.10

  7. Squad number13Player nameSon Jun-ho
    Average rating

    6.07

  8. Squad number14Player nameHong Chul
    Average rating

    5.91

  9. Squad number6Player nameHwang In-beom
    Average rating

    5.87

  10. Squad number5Player nameJung Woo-young
    Average rating

    5.79

  11. Squad number4Player nameKim Min-jae
    Average rating

    5.74

  12. Squad number10Player nameLee Jae-sung
    Average rating

    5.72

  13. Squad number1Player nameKim Seung-gyu
    Average rating

    5.69

  14. Squad number3Player nameKim Jin-su
    Average rating

    5.69

  15. Squad number19Player nameKim Young-gwon
    Average rating

    5.66

  16. Squad number15Player nameKim Moon-hwan
    Average rating

    5.61

Line-ups

Brazil

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1AlissonSubstituted forWevertonat 80'minutes
  • 14MilitãoSubstituted forAlves da Silvaat 63'minutes
  • 4Marquinhos
  • 3Thiago Silva
  • 2DaniloSubstituted forBremerat 72'minutes
  • 7Lucas Paquetá
  • 5Casemiro
  • 11Raphinha
  • 10NeymarSubstituted forRodrygoat 81'minutes
  • 20Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forMartinelliat 72'minutes
  • 9Richarlison

Substitutes

  • 8Fred
  • 12Weverton
  • 13Alves da Silva
  • 15Fabinho
  • 17Bruno Guimarães
  • 19Antony
  • 21Rodrygo
  • 22Éverton Ribeiro
  • 23Ederson
  • 24Bremer
  • 25Pedro
  • 26Martinelli

South Korea

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Kim Seung-gyu
  • 15Kim Moon-hwan
  • 4Kim Min-jae
  • 19Kim Young-gwon
  • 3Kim Jin-suSubstituted forHong Chulat 45'minutes
  • 10Lee Jae-sungSubstituted forLee Kang-inat 74'minutes
  • 5Jung Woo-youngBooked at 44minsSubstituted forSon Jun-hoat 45'minutes
  • 6Hwang In-beomSubstituted forPaik Seung-hoat 65'minutes
  • 11Hwang Hee-chan
  • 9Cho Gue-sungSubstituted forHwang Ui-joat 80'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-min

Substitutes

  • 2Yoon Jong-gyu
  • 8Paik Seung-ho
  • 12Song Bum-keun
  • 13Son Jun-ho
  • 14Hong Chul
  • 16Hwang Ui-jo
  • 17Na Sang-ho
  • 18Lee Kang-in
  • 20Kwon Kyung-won
  • 21Cho Hyun-woo
  • 22Kwon Chang-hoon
  • 23Kim Tae-hwan
  • 24Cho Yu-min
  • 25Jeong Woo-yeong
  • 26Song Min-kyu
Referee:
Clément Turpin
Attendance:
43,847

Match Stats

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

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brazil 4, Korea Republic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brazil 4, Korea Republic 1.

  3. Post update

    Gabriel Martinelli (Brazil) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Son Jun-Ho (Korea Republic).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dani Alves (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rodrygo.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hwang Hee-Chan (Korea Republic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hong Chul.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bremer (Brazil) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Raphinha with a cross following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Hong Chul.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dani Alves (Brazil) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Martinelli.

  10. Post update

    Casemiro (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Paik Seung-Ho (Korea Republic).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Rodrygo replaces Neymar.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Weverton replaces Alisson.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Korea Republic. Hwang Ui-Jo replaces Cho Gue-Sung.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Korea Republic. Kim Min-Jae tries a through ball, but Cho Gue-Sung is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Gabriel Martinelli (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Hwang Hee-Chan (Korea Republic).

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Brazil 4, Korea Republic 1. Paik Seung-Ho (Korea Republic) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Bremer (Brazil).

  20. Post update

    Cho Gue-Sung (Korea Republic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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