World Cup favourites Brazil, on Monday, put on a show for the fans and to terrify potential rivals as they ripped past South Korea with four goals in the first half to win 4-1 in the round of 16.
After seven minutes, they had taken the lead when Vinicius Jr. skillfully lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper and three defenders.
Neymar’s penalty made it 2-0 five minutes later, and Richarlison added a stunning third with a razor-sharp combination with Marquinhos and Thiago Silva that had everyone in the stadium, including the neutrals, purring.
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After 36 minutes, Lucas Paqueta scored the fourth goal with a volley, and the five-time champions played the second half like an exhibition, only being denied by the outstanding Korean goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu as they focused on Friday’s quarterfinal matchup with Croatia.
Paik Seung-magnificent ho’s long-range shot past Alisson 13 minutes from time gave Korea credit for their own attacking efforts after they had fiercely and tenaciously laboured to try to reduce the damage.