Hello and welcome to the live blog for Brazil vs South Korea, FIFA World Cup 2022, Round OF 16 match at Stadium 974 in Qatar.
Brazil won Group G on goal difference, while Paulo Bento’s South Korea upset Portugal on the final day of Group H to finish second and advance for the knockouts. A much-changed Brazil had many scoring chances in their last Group G match against Cameroon, but Devis Epassy’s goalkeeping and Tite’s bench players denied them.
Vincent Aboubakar gave the Indomitable Lions a memorable win after 92 minutes. Aboubakar was sent off for celebrating after being booked, although Cameroon had already left. Brazil won the group by edging Switzerland. Brazil’s nine-game winning streak ended. Even their tight wins over Serbia and Switzerland did not demonstrate the ruthlessness in attack that has made them a World Cup favourite.
The five-time champions have started slowly in Qatar. If they want to remain favourites, they must score in the first half. For the ninth straight World Cup, the Selecao has reached the knockout stage. Claudio Caniggia’s goal against Argentina in the round of 16 eliminated Brazil 32 years ago.
South Korea overcame 2016 European champions Portugal on Friday afternoon to set up a historic all-Asian World Cup quarterfinal.
Kim Young-Gwon equalised before halftime, and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Hwang Hee-chan timed his run to score the third and final goal in that 2-1 win. After the match, participants watched Uruguay’s 2-0 win over Ghana, which wasn’t enough to qualify for the last 16.
Uruguay and Portugal, albeit substantially changed one, failed to upset South Korea, who may meet Japan in the quarterfinals. Their fellow Asians face a challenging last-16 match against Croatia on Monday. In June, the Tigers of Asia lost 5-1 to Brazil in the 2002 World Cup semi-finals, despite officiating controversy.
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Players to watch
The Manchester United midfielder helped Brazil dominate the FIFA World Cup 2022. Brazil’s second-string team lost the group stage. Casemiro’s return has strengthened South America’s World Cup chances.
The former Madrid midfielder is solid. He shielded the back four. His ball handling and distribution have astonished everyone. The 30-year-old is undefeated throughout the tournament. His performance was topped by his world-class volley that earned Brazil the second game and early qualification.
Son Heung Min (South Korea)
The Korean master’s contributions will be critical if his team is to advance to the next round of the tournament. Recent injuries have hampered his play, but he continues to give his all for the team and poses a significant threat to the Portuguese squad. He is a leader who is deadly in front of the net. The South Koreans are counting on him to win or lose for them in this crucial encounter.
Brazil predicted lineup:
Alisson; Militao, Marquinhos, Silva, Danilo; Paqueta, Casemiro, Neymar; Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Jr
South Korea predicted lineup:
Seung-gyu; Moon-hwan, Min-jae, Young-gwon, Jin-su; In-beom, Woo-young; Hee-chan, Kang-in, Heung-min; Gue-sung
South Korea can break down a damaged Brazil backline with goal threats in all areas, and Son and Hwang will be salivating after seeing Selecao’s full-back injury issues.
Brazil’s loss to Cameroon was a shock, but Tite will welcome back a lot of first-team stars and might have Neymar from the start, so we still expect the Selecao’s extensive attacking options to propel the five-time champions into the final eight and kill the South Korean dream.
Prediction: Brazil 2-1 South Korea