DOHA: Five-time champions Brazil handed a hammering 4-1 defeat to South Korea as they stormed via the quarter-finals of the continuing FIFA World Cup 2022.
Following their qualification, Brazil will now tackle final world cup’s runners-up within the quarters, who edged Japan on penalties to progress into the final eight.
Tournament favourites Brazil despatched a robust message to their rivals as they displayed ruthless domination to halt South Korea’s dream run.
Vinicius Jr opened the scoring for Brazil in simply the seventh minute when Raphinha sprinted away from Kim Jin-su on the correct and lower the ball completely to the toes of well-positioned Vinicius, who calmly despatched the ball crashing into the nets.
Returning from the damage, Brazil’s star Neymar Jr then quickly doubled his aspect’s lead over toothless South Korea after Jung Woo-young fouled Richarlison within the field and Neymar positioned his penalty strike to perfection.
Just earlier than the half-hour mark, Richarlison initiated to press and displayed unimaginable expertise to dribble previous the Korean defender earlier than passing to Marquinhos, who in flip performed the ball to Thiago Silva.
He then performed via Richarlison, who completed in model to place Brazil in full management.
Minutes later, Lucas Paqueta made it 4-Zero for Brazil as Richarlison carried the ball ahead from deep earlier than discovering Neymar, who in flip performed to Vinicius. He then pulled the ball again throughout the face of the objective for the upcoming Paqueta, who completed magnificently.
The Brazilian assault appeared to have eased out within the second half as they made a number of substitutions together with Neymar and goalkeeper Alisson Becker; permitting struggling South Korea to drag one again courtesy of Paik Seung-ho’s 76th-minute strike but it surely was too late for the Asian aspect to set off a late twist.
It was Brazil’s most dominating triumph in world cup knockouts since 1998 as they scored 4 objectives for the primary time since then.