Brazil celebrates a carnival on the way to quarters
The five-time world champion thrashes South Korea (4-1) in a half and meets Croatia for a spot in the World Cup semifinals in Qatar
MADRID, 5 Dic. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Brazilian team did not miss their usual appointment with the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Qatar and they also did so with an exhibition against a South Korea, disarmed very soon and thrashed this Monday 4-1 by the ‘Canarinha’, who only It took him just over half an hour to tip the game in his favor.
There was no story in this round of 16 clash, largely due to the five-time world champion who, in case she hadn’t already done so, also wanted to clearly present her candidacy. Her rival didn’t even last 45 minutes and she couldn’t stop the carnival of goals from Tite’s team, who relaxed after the break thinking about their matchup with Croatia.
The Brazilian coach put everything he had available, with Eder Militao back on the side and Danilo back, but on the left. As he had announced, Neymar, still somewhat lacking in ‘sparkle’, returned to lead an offensive front where Vinicius and Raphinha shone on the flanks, and Richarlison proved to be a guaranteed ‘9’.
The ‘Seleçao’, in any case, did not find the expected resistance in Paulo Bento’s men, deprived of their electric rhythm due to the solidity of the five-time champion and weighed down by a certain weakness of Paul Bento’s men, who, except for their goalkeeper, , who took pains so that the damage was not greater, and Hee-Chan, the shock seemed to come to them.
And it is that the resistance of South Korea broke before the first quarter of an hour. Brazil came out dominating and, too soon, put the ticket on track in their favor. A quick run by Raphinha ended with a loose ball for the other end, Vinicius, and the Real Madrid player calmly made his debut in the World Cup. Shortly after, an innocent penalty from Woo-Young to Richarlison, also allowed a calm Neymar to score his first goal and, with 76, already stay one behind the myth Pelé.
But the advantage did not stop the ‘Canarinha’ nor did it make the South Koreans grow, although they could have gained strength if Alisson had not put a sensational hand on a shot from Hee-Chan. It was a mirage because each Asian mistake was transformed into a clear Brazilian threat. Thus, before half an hour, Richarlison signed his third goal of the event after a quick combination on the edge of the area between the two central defenders, Marquinhos and Thiago Silva. The 3-0 even had a little dance from the usually serious Tite.
SECOND TIME WITHOUT A STORY
Without time to assume it, South Korea received the fourth, the work of Lucas Paquetá after a good assist from Vinicius, and in the final stretch of the first 45 minutes, the midfielder, Raphinha and Richarlison had more options to have gone to rest with a result even more embarrassing for his rival, although the South Korean goalkeeper showed his reflexes.
As expected, the panorama changed after passing through the changing rooms. Brazil slowed down thinking about the quarterfinal duel and Paulo Bento’s team was able to look more into the area of an Alisson who showed that his team also has a lot of quality in goal with two merit saves, especially Heung-Min Son already Hee-chan.
The ‘Canarinha’ also had them in the initial stages of the second half, thanks to the desire of the blaugrana Raphinha, but Seung-Gyu denied him the goal on two occasions. From there, Tite began to distribute efforts and withdraw key players. The rhythm ended up fading, something that further favored his rival to make up the result with a shot from outside the area by Paik Heung-So, who beat an Alisson who also left his place shortly after for Weverton’s debut.
–RESULT: BRAZIL, 4 – SOUTH KOREA, 1 (4-0, at halftime).
BRAZIL: Alisson (Weverton, min.80); Militao (Dani Alves, min.63), Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Danilo (Bremer, min.72); Casemiro, Paqueta; Raphinha, Neymar (Rodrygo, min.81), Vinicius (Martinelli, min.72); and Richarlison.
SOUTH KOREA: Seung-Gyu; Moon-Hwan, Min-Jae, Young-Gwon, Jin-Su (Chul, min.46); In-Beom (Seung-Ho, 65 mins), Woo-Young (Junho, 46 mins); Jae-Sung (Kang-in, min.75), Hee-Chan; Son and Gue-Sung (Ui-Jo, min.80).
1-0, minute 7. Vinicius.
2-0, minute 13. Neymar from the penalty spot.
3-0, minute 29. Richarlison.
4-0, minute 36. Lucas Paquetá.
4-1, minute 76. Seung-Ho.
–REFEREE: Clement Turpin (FRA). He admonished Woo-Young (min.44), for South Korea.