Brazil stormed into the quarter-finals of the World Cup as a first-half performance helped them to a 4-1 win over South Korea on Monday night, December 5th, 2022.
Tite’s side were boosted by the return of Neymar – who suffered an ankle injury in the opening win over Serbia – and the 30-year-old announced his return with a penalty that moved him one goal behind Pele’s international record of 77 in the 13th minute, which doubled Brazil’s lead after Vinicius Junior’s cool opener six minutes earlier.
Tottenham Hotspur forward Richarlison then netted his third goal of the tournament after some of the most exquisite build-up (29) and it was 4-0 before the break when West Ham’s Lucas Paqueta guided in a shot to get in on the act (36).
But with the job already very much done by the break, the momentum slowed after it.
South Korea had a brief moment to celebrate when Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors midfielder Seung-Ho Paik reduced the deficit with a 76th minute strike .
Brazil advance to the last eight of the tournament, where a clash with Croatia awaits on Friday afternoon, December 9th, 2022.
Brazil have now used all 26 members of their squad at the 2022 World Cup (including three goalkeepers), becoming the first side in World Cup history to use as many as 26 players at a single edition. Contribution.
Brazil underscore favourite status – Opta stats
- Brazil scored four goals in a knockout round game at the World Cup for the first time since 1998 (4-1 vs Chile), scoring more goals in the opening 36 minutes of this match (4) than they did in their three group stage games combined (3).
- Korea Republic are winless in all seven of their World Cup games against South American sides (D2 L5) – only Scotland (8) have faced such nations more often without ever winning in the competition.
- Neymar became just the third Brazilian to score in at least three editions of the World Cup (2014, 2018, 2022), along with Pelé (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970) and Ronaldo (1998, 2002, 2006).
- Brazil led 3-0 after just 29 minutes, the earliest they’ve gone three goals ahead in a single World Cup match. In the end, it was just the second time they’ve scored four goals in the first half of a World Cup match, also doing so against Mexico in 1954.