Neymar, Brazil wallop Korea on approach to World Cup quarterfinal

DOHA, Qatar — Brazil seemed each bit just like the match favourite as they danced and superior to the quarterfinals with a 4-1 win over South Korea at 974 Stadium, knocking the final group from Asia out of the World Cup.

If there was any thought that South Korea might cling with Brazil, these ideas pale nearly instantly. Vinicius Junior received Brazil on the scoreboard simply seven minutes into the sport

When Neymar, getting back from harm, scored a penalty six minutes later, it was lights out. Each Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta additionally scored first-half objectives as Brazil returned to kind.

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1. Neymar and Danilo return to gasoline Brazil

The shadow forged over Brazil by Neymar’s ankle harm loomed giant over the previous week. To lose him and Danilo within the opening sport did not essentially determine to affect the group’s probabilities to advance early within the match, nevertheless it might have posed some longer-term issues for the knockout stage. When Neymar received the go-ahead Sunday, the dialog shifted to: “We’ll see how fit he looks.”

The decision is in: He is again. All the way in which again.

For 80 minutes, Neymar moved across the subject and not using a signal of a participant with an harm concern. And within the first half, earlier than Brazil took its foot off the gasoline, Neymar’s presence commanded South Korea’s consideration greater than anybody else.

The house Neymar created for the remainder of Brazil’s embarrassment of attacking riches made for probably the most thrilling attacking shows this World Cup has seen. That, mixed with Danilo’s return, bodes nicely for Brazil, notably after Danilo’s efforts contributed to unbalancing South Korea within the midfield, which made them so weak repeatedly.

Brazil’s 4-0 halftime lead is tied for the second largest on the break ever in a World Cup (the one bigger margin was Germany’s 5-0 lead in opposition to Brazil in 2014).

2. Extra dancing than defending

Early through the match, Brazil ahead Raphina let it slip that the Selecao had ready 10 dances to have a good time objectives with. Positive, possibly it was somewhat boastful, nevertheless it illustrated the mindset of the place this group was.

They got here to attain — rating so much — and have enjoyable doing it. However after a bunch stage that noticed the Brazilians discover the again of the web simply thrice, the necessity for extra choreography in Qatar did not appear doubtless.

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Then got here the onslaught. With each beautifully-taken purpose in opposition to South Korea, a brand new dance adopted. Even Tite, the 61-year-old coach, received in on the motion. With the end result decided, the sport changed into a celebration. A carnival within the desert, if you’ll.

Brazil did not simply placed on an absurd present of ability and technical potential, it reminded the world that they play a sport. And even on sports activities’ greatest stage, video games are supposed to be enjoyable.

3. Exit would not diminish profitable World Cup for South Korea

In a bunch with Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana, it was potential that South Korea might have performed to their potential in Qatar and nonetheless not reached the knockout rounds. That they received out of the group, leaving Uruguay behind the within the course of, assured this to be remembered as a profitable match.

Possibly after seeing some surprising upsets within the group phases, there was false hope that the identical was potential in opposition to Brazil, however the gulf in expertise was obvious simply minutes into the sport.

There is not a single participant on the South Korean roster that will crack Brazil’s beginning XI — sure, together with Son Heung-min — and when that is the case, there is no have to be important about such a lopsided defeat.

For Son, the World Cup might have gone higher. He is considered one of greatest attacking gamers on this planet, so for him to not rating in any of the group’s 4 video games is disappointing. Nonetheless, this was solely the third time South Korea reached this stage of the match they usually have taken half in each World Cup since 1986.

Participant scores

Brazil: Alisson 7, Danilo 7, Thiago Silva 7, Marquinhos 7, Casemiro 7, Lucas Paqueta 8, Richarlison 8, Neymar 8, Raphinha 8, Eder Militao 7, Vinicius Junior 8

Subs: Bremer 6, Dani Alves 6, Rodrygo 6, Bariel Martinelli 6, Weverton n/a

South Korea: Kim Seunggyu 5, Kim Jinsu 5, Kim Minjae 5, Jung Wooyoung 5, Hwang Ibbeom 5, Son Heung-min 6, Cho Guesung 6, Lee Jaesung 5, Hwang Heechan 5, Kim Moonhwan 6, Kim Younggwon 6

Subs: Hong Chul 5, Paik Seung-Ho 5, Son Jun-Ho 5, Lee Kang-In 5, Hwang Ui-Jo 5

Finest and worst performers

BEST: Richarlison, Brazil

There’s an unwritten rule right here that if a purpose comes on the finish of an intricate passing sequence initiated the three consecutive headed juggles by the purpose scorer, that participant will get acknowledged on this house. It was greater than second of magic from Richarlison, he was on the coronary heart of Brazil at assault because it took management.

WORST: Kim Jin-Su, South Korea

Kim Jin-Su had a tough evening at left again, which was going to be a tricky task for somebody used to defending within the Okay-League.

Highlights and notable moments

The highlights from this match are plentiful — so long as you’re a Brazil fan.

It took solely about six minutes for Brazil to begin the social gathering as South Korea’s protection was knocked off kilter. Vinicius Junior calmly picked out his spot and fired previous goalkeeper Kim Seung-Gyu.

Extra objectives adopted, with Neymar scoring a penalty within the thirteenth minute and Richarlison within the twenty ninth.

By that time, it turned fairly clear that South Korea weren’t going to have the ability to cease this social gathering and Brazil’s supervisor, Tite, even joined in on the dancing celebrations.

After the match: What the gamers and managers mentioned

Neymar on getting back from harm: “I am very happy to be back in the field of play, happy to have played well and now being called the Man of the Match is difficult as everyone played very well. We are happy with our performance. We wanted to move to the next round, win and that’s what we got.”

Neymar on how he feels after his harm: “Pain? No, I did feel any pain on my ankle — I think my performance was good. I am very content with my performance. That said, I can always improve, I cannot be 100% satisfied with the performance today — we need to grow as our team and I think the prize is not for me, but for everyone. I am very happy with the performance of my teammates.”

Neymar on the help he is obtained: “I only have words of thanks for all the love they sent my way. When I got injured I spent a difficult night, I was thinking of a million different things. I was afraid of not being able to play in the World Cup again. I have the support of my family, colleagues and I looked for strength where I could not find it. When I was reading the messages of encouragement, it was good for me. So thank you for those who sent me messages since the first minute I got injured.”

Key stats (offered by ESPN Stats & Info)

  • Together with his purpose in opposition to South Korea, Neymar joins Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xherdan Shaqiri and Ivan Perisic as the one gamers to attain in every of the final three FIFA World Cups.

  • Neymar’s final six nationwide group objectives have been penalties. Neymar has transformed his final 13 penalty kicks for Brazil (shootouts not included).

  • Neymar has grow to be the third Brazilian participant to attain in three completely different editions of the World Cup, alongside Ronaldo and Pelé.

Up subsequent

Brazil: With their win, Brazil transfer onto the quarterfinals the place they’ll face Croatia on Dec. 9.

South Korea: The South Koreans are out of the World Cup.