FIFA World Cup: Scintillating Brazil rout South Korea 4-1 to qualify for quarter-finals

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Doha: In a showdown between David vs Goliath, Brazil thrashed South Korea 4-1 to qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup at Stadium 974 on Tuesday. In a first half dominated by Brazil, Raphinha found the opener in the 7th minute, followed by goals from Neymar (from a penalty), Richarlison, and Lucas Paquetá. Meanwhile, South Korea scored one goal back through Paik Seung-ho's screamer from outside the box in the 76th minute.

South Korea looked totally out of place as they struggled to keep Brazil's attack under control. However, they came to life in the second half. But it was too late for S. Korea to turn the tides in their favour.

South Korea started to attack early on, with Brazil looking to dominate against Son Heung-min and his team. However, Brazil opened the scoring through Vinícius Júnior in the 7th minute. Raphinha brilliantly dribbled past South Korean defenders in the right flank before sending a cross for Vinicius at the back post. Barcelona forward made no mistake in putting the ball into the top right corner of the net.

Minutes later, Neymar scored the second goal for Brazil from the penalty spot after Jung Wooyoung brought down Richarlison inside the box, and the referee pointed right to the spot. Richarlison struck his third goal of the tournament in the 28th minute after a brilliant one-touch passing from Brazil. Tottenham man showed ball control before passing to Marquinhos, who then fed the ball to Thiago Silva. Chelsea's defender then played a brilliant through ball for Richarlison to score Brazil's third goal of the game.

Brazil looks terrifying as South Korea struggled to contain the attacking prowess of Neymar, Vinicius, Richarlison and Raphinha. In the 36th minute, Brazil extended their lead to four goals after Vinicius played a ball back across the face of the goal for Paqueta to place the ball into the back of the net.

Brazil looked the same in the second half, with exhilarating speed and technique. Meanwhile, Son Heung-min nearly scored one back for S.Korea in the 48th minute after receiving a long back from the back inside Brazil's box. However, his shot deflected and flew past the post for a corner. Brazil looked scary whenever their attacking front three won the ball and counter-attacks. Korean keeper, who was busy throughout the day, managed to make a good save in the 62nd minute to deny Raphinha's shot from close range.

It took South Korea 17 minutes to register a shot on target through Hwan-Hee Chang. Allisson then put up a world-class save to Deny S. Korea from opening the account in the game after Hee-Chan pearls a shot towards the bottom left. Alisson stuck out an arm and denied Korea from finding the opening goal. However, S. Korea managed to score a goal back in the 76th minute after Paik Seung-ho sent a screamer from outside the box.

The winners will progress to a quarter-final on Friday against Croatia, who earlier defeated Japan on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the end of extra time.

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