FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Brazil 4-1 South Korea, as Neymar makes scoring return as Brazil breeze into quarter-finals

Brazil easily defeated South Korea 4-1 on Monday night to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals thanks to an energetic first-half effort. Neymar, who missed the first match against Serbia due to an ankle injury, returned for Tite’s team, and the 30-year-old celebrated by breaking Pele’s mark of 77 (13), which doubled Brazil’s advantage following Vinicius Junior’s sharp first goal (7).

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Brazil 4-1 South Korea

After some of the most brilliant build-ups, Richarlison scored his third goal of the competition, and it was 4-0 before halftime when Lucas Paqueta of West Ham added a goal of his own (36).

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But after the break, the impetus halted because the task had already been completed in large part. As a result, South Korea did not let its guard down and enjoyed a brief moment of joy when Seung-Ho Paik made a devastating strike that cut the deficit (76).

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Paulo Bento’s team exited after reaching the knockout stages for the first time since 2010, as expected because it was insufficient to spur a comeback. Brazil has moved on to the tournament’s round of eight, where they will play Croatia on Friday afternoon.

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Later, Neymar admitted that he had worried that his injury would mean the end of his tournament, saying: “When I got injured, I had a very difficult night. I was worried that I might not be able to participate in this World Cup again, but I had the support of all of my teammates and family, and I attempted to find strength where I could not find it.

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