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Brazil vs South Korea summary: score, goals, highlights | Qatar World Cup 2022

Roddy Cons
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Brazil thrash South Korea and play Croatia in the quarter-finals. Vinicius, Neymar, Richarlison and Paqueta scored for Brazil, Seung-Ho Paik for Korea.

Brazil vs South Korea: Qatar World Cup 2022 Round of 16

Brazil 4-1 South Korea: One of the best first-half performances you're likely to see!

Do we need to talk about the second half? Probably not. ​​​​​​Let's rewind things a little.

Brazil were simply irresistible in the first half. They went in at the break 4-0 up and it could easily have been seven or eight. Yes, South Korea caused their own problems by pushing so far up the pitch and leaving so few players back but Brazil still had to know how to exploit it and exploit it they did. There was only going to be one winner after Vinícius' opening goal, quickly followed by a Neymar penalty. Goals three and four were things of beauty; fast, crisp passing moves finished off by Richarlison and Lucas Paquetà. On that form, there is no stopping Brazil, who paid the best tribute to Pelé, watching in his hospital bed in São Paolo. 

The second half was a non-event, with Brazil taking their foot off the gas and South Korea adopting a much less kamikaze approach. 

But it was all about that first-half display, which will strike fear into the other nations left in the competition. 

Argentina vs France live online: odds, lineups & predictions | World Cup 2022 final updates

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Argentina vs France live online: odds, lineups & predictions | World Cup 2022 final updates

AS USA's Joe Brennan is on hand with live-text coverage of the 2022 World Cup final, between Argentina and France. Join him for all the pre-match news, before minute-by-minute commentary of the action at Lusail Stadium!

France vs Morocco live online: score, stats & updates | Qatar World Cup 2022

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France vs Morocco live online: score, stats & updates | Qatar World Cup 2022

It's now Wednesday 14 December and in case you have landed on this older feed, allow us to point you towards the second semi-final of the 2022 World Cup, France vs Morocco to find out who will play Argentina in the showpiece final. 

Joe is the man in place with our live coverage to take you through all the build up ahead of the game, bringing you team news and various insights into the two sides.

And then from kick off he will carry you all the way to when the final whistle blows in Qatar. You'll not want to miss out!

Argentina vs Croatia live online: score, stats & updates | Qatar World Cup 2022

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Argentina vs Croatia live online: score, stats & updates | Qatar World Cup 2022

It's now Tuesday 13 December and in case you have stumbled across this older feed, allow us to redirect you to the first semi-final of the 2022 World CupArgentina vs Croatia.

Joe is the man in place with our live coverage to take you through all the build up ahead of the game, bringing you team news and various insights into the two sides.

And then from kick off he will carry you all the way to when the final whistle blows and we have our first finalist in Qatar confirmed. You'll not want to miss out!

Morocco vs Spain live online: score, stats and updates | Qatar World Cup 2022

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Morocco vs Spain live online: score, stats and updates | Qatar World Cup 2022

Today's first game, Morocco vs Spain, starts at 2 p.m. ET. You can follow all the build-up and then the live action with us here at AS USA. 

​​​​​​​The winner will face Portugal or Switzerland in the quarters, then France or England in the semis if they get through, being on the other side of the draw from Brazil, who play Croatia next. 

Neymar: I'm so sorry about what Pelé is going through

The last word goes to Neymar, who has become just the third Brazliian, after Pelé and Ronaldo, to score in three World Cups:

"Reaching these milestones is a great source of pride. I never imagined I'd get there, I'm really happy."

On the team's performances: "We need to take things step by step. There are still three games to go but we're ready, we're really focused."

On his injury: "I spent days and nights crying. But all the effort was worth it, in the end. The other day I was working with the physios until 4 or 5 in the morning."

On Pelé: "I'm so sorry about what he's going through. I hope he recovers."

Qatar 2022 World Cup Round of 16 concludes tomorrow!

There are two more round of 16 matches left to be played and we will, of course, have live coverage of both of them!

 

Morocco   vs   Spain, 10am ET

Portugal   vs   ​​​​​​​Switzerland, 2pm ET

 

Be sure to join us for those! Who've you got to go through?

Are we going to get any surprises at all in the round of 16 or all the big guns going through?

 

Alisson Becker: Pelé means so much for us

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker, speaking to Fox Sports, had a message for Pelé after Brazil's 4-1 in:

"Everybody knows that Pelé is not doing well with his health. He means so much for us Brazilians, he means so much for football. It's just a small message from our team to him, we're praying for him to get better. We are together with him, he's not alone. You'll Never Walk Alone and he'll not walk alone at this hard moment. His family will not walk alone. We are with them, even if we are far away. If we can fight here at the World Cup and win games for him and win the competition for him, we'll do that."

"We were really good tonight. I think the difference compared to the other games was that we scored goals, we took the chances we created."

South Korea manager Paulo Bento steps down

South Korea boss Paulo Bento has announced that he is stepping down from his post and that he took the decision in September. He was also critical of the tournament schedule, which gave his team less than 72 hours to prepare for the game:

"I'm happy with what we've achieved in the last four years."

"It's hard to summarise everything that's gone on in the World Cup. All I can say is that we were fairly beaten, Brazil were better than us."

"We can be happy with how we finished the game, as well as the last four years. We did really well in the group stage, we played well and got to the round of 16 for just the third time ever."

"We weren't able to prepare as much as we wanted and that made it difficult."
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Son Heungmin: If you give Brazil space, they score

Speaking on beIN Sports, South Korea captain Son Heungmin was full of praise for his young teammates, despite the result:

"We gave everything. The Brazilians are the favourites. If you give them space, they score. I'm so proud of what the players did and I don't want to blame any of our players because they gave everything."

"Its not easy for the young players to play in their first World Cup. They've done a great job for our country. I hope they don't stop working and I hope the young guys realise how important it is to play in the World Cup. I'm very proud and very happy the young guys did such an amazing job for the national team and for the country."

Danilo: It's normal that we're favourites. We're Brazil.

Danilo next up and was also asked about dancing...

"We've got so many guys that love dancing, the rest of us, including the manager, just have to follow what they're doing! They're just pure happiness, that's what they've shown. They're really happy but they always respect other teams."

"It's normal that we're favourites, we're Brazil. We've got incredible players and that makes us favourites. But we know that if we don't work hard and give our all, we won't win

Vinícius Júnior: We want to dance all the way to the final!

Vinícius Júnior, speaking to Spanish broadcaster Gol Mundial:

"I'm really happy with how I played and how the team played. I feel calm, I scored in the last game but it didn't count! It's normal in this competition that games get harder but I quite liked this game. 

"The team is so united. We love celebrating goals and we're always dancing. We want to dance all the way to the final!"

Match reaction coming up!

We've got reaction from some of the main protagonists coming right up!

Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final: Croatia vs Brazil

You don't have to wait too long to see Brazil in action again. 

Their quarter-final against Croatia takes place on Friday, 9 December at 10am and will be played at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan. 

Today's round of 16 matches have undoubtedly worked in their favour, with Croatia playing an extra 30 minutes against Japan and Brazil almost having a half off against South Korea. 

Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final line-up so far

Three of the four quarter-finals are now confirmed!

 

Croatia   vs   Brazil: Friday, 9 December, 10am ET

Netherlands   vs   Argentina: Friday, 9 December, 2pm ET

England vs   ​​​​​​​France: Saturday, 10 December, 2pm ET

 

What a line-up that is so far!

Brazil safely into the quarter-finals

The big guns are not messing around this year, are they?

Pelé remains in stable condition: latest news about his status, live updates

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Pelé remains in stable condition: latest news about his status, live updates

You can keep up to speed with all the latest news on how Pelé's doing right here. You'll also find a number of pieces on the life and times of the great man.  

Brazil pay homage to Pelé

One of the best soccer players of all-time has never been far from the thoughts of the Brazilian players, or indeed the rest of us, in the last few days. That first half was as good a tribute as any. 

Four minutes added on in total, by the way. 

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Another strike from Alves but this one is much less impressive. He tries his luck from 30 yards but it flies harmlessly wide. 

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Hwang Heechan has been lively for South Korean throughout the game and has another sight of goal but the angle is tight and he sends it into the crowd.

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What an effort from Alves! Martinelli stands the ball up to the back post for Alves, who acrobatically smashes it goalwards on the volley but sees it blocked by a South Korean defender. 

Some moves from the 39-year-old. 

I'm not going to lie, this second half has been a total let down after that unbelievable first half!

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Almost a complete mess at the back there from South Korea keeper Kim Seunggyu, who knocks the ball against Richarlison in his own box but makes up for it by saving from Rodrygo. 

Weverton makes a surprise appearance

A nice touch from Tite. Weverton probably wouldn't have been expecting any game time at this World Cup. 

Neymar's return

Here's a summary of Neymar's night. Like he's never been away. 

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Changes for either side; Neymar goes off

Neymar's night is done, he's replaced by Real Madrid's Rodrygo. And third-choice goalkeeper Weverton gets some tournament game time that he probably didn't think he'd get, coming on for Alisson. 

Hwang Uijo comes on for Cho Guesung for the South Koreans. 

No more subs, thankfully.

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Almost a second for South Korea!

Cho Guesung gets in behind the Brazil defence and is thwarted by Alisson at the near post!

Oh, it was offside...never mind. 

That's given the scoreline a slightly more respectable look about it for South Korea. 

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GOOOOOOAL FOR SOUTH KOREA! 4-1

And what a goal it was!

A free-kick is cleared out to sub Paik Seungho, who takes a touch and rifles one past Alisson from long-range! It did take a little nick off Thiago Silva, by the looks of it.

South Korea sub

Lee Kangin on for Lee Jaesung for South Korea. 

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Double change for Brazil; Vinícius off, Martinelli on

Gabriel Martinelli and Bremer are on for Vinícius Júnior and Danilo.

A quiet second half for Vini.

Which teams have allowed the most goals in a single World Cup match?

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Which teams have allowed the most goals in a single World Cup match?

Well, it looked as if it was going to be tight at one stage but I think South Korea will be safe.

How often do you see it? Lots of goals in the first half and none/few in the second?

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Superb save from Alisson! A cross comes in from the left and finds its way through to Hwang Heechan, who strikes it sweetly and draws an excellent one-handed save from Alisson, with Marquinhos on hand to block the rebound. 

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Touching stuff from Hwang Inbeom as he goes off, apologising to the South Korean fans in attendance. 

Paik Seungho enters the fray. 

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Dani Alves on for Militão

Dani Alves come on for Militão, the only player who kept his place in the team after the defeat to Cameroon. Some rest for the Real Madrid man. 

Alves is 39, by the way, and he's playing in a World Cup. 

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That's more like it! A beautiful flick from Casemiro starts another attack and Brazil are away. Neymar picks out Raphinha, who shoots from a tight angle but can't squeeze it past Kim Seunggyu,

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South Korea do appear to be defending in more numbers in this half, which has stemmed the flow of attacks a bit. 

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Nothing doing from that corner and South Korea can breathe again. 

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Raphinha takes it and it clips the wall on the way over the bar. An anti-climax but we've got a corner. 

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Neymar is bundled over and we've got a free-kick for Brazil in a VERY dangerous position.

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Excellent stop from Kim Seunggyu! Raphinha and Paquetà play a one-two in the box and the Barcelona man makes space for a low shot, which looks to be creeping in but is pushed away from goal by the South Korea stopper. 

Pelé tribute

Here's another shot of the tribute to Pelé, which was unveiled in the 10th minute. And there is no better tribute than that first-half Brazil performance. 

Subs for South Korea

South Korea manager Paulo Bento has made a couple of changes, by the way. 

Son Junho and Chul Hong are thrown into the firing line (thanks a lot, boss), replacing Kim Jinsu and Jung Wooyoung.

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No rest for the wicked! Chances at either end immediately! And South Korea's is a great one!

Raphinha weakly shoots at Kim Seungyyu before Son Heungmin gets in behind the Brazil defence and looks set to score, only for Alisson to divert the ball wide! 

We're back underway at Stadium 974!

Nine-goal wins for Hungary and El Salvador

Hungary (twice) and Yugoslavia have posted the biggest wins in World Cup history .

The way it's going, Brazil could challenge them.

Thiago Silva assist for Richarlison

I must apologise to Thiago Silva. It was actually him who played the inch-perfect through-ball for Richarlison's goal, not Casemiro. 

Thiago, if you're on your phone reading this at half-time, I'm sorry. 

Neymar one goal off Pelé's Brazil record

As I mentioned, Neymar now needs just one more goal to become Brazil's all-time top goalscorer ahead of Pelé. I can't tell if that's a tribute or not. 

Wow, I need a lie down after that.

One of the best attacking displays I can remember in a long time (aided by a massively open opposition defence). 

HT BRAZIL 4-0 SOUTH KOREA: Neymar and friends at their very, very best

Wow, what a performance!

​​​​​​​We sometimes get carried away when we think of Brazil, thinking that every Brazilian side is like the one that won the World Cup playing swashbuckling football in 1970. There have been some functional Brazil teams over the years but they completely played up to their stereotype here. A superb display of attacking football from start to finish, they could have scored another four or five goals quite easily. If they were determined to put on a fitting tribute to Pelé, then that's exactly what they've done.

There are, of course, two sides to every story and, as good as Brazil have been, South Korea have in many ways been the architects of their own downfall. They've been far too open and left huge gaps for their opponents to exploit, which is how things have panned out. Damage limitation in the second half, I'm afraid, although they'll have to completely change the way they've played if that's going to be their objective. 

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Another huge chance to make it FIVE!

Richarlison this time is allowed the freedom of the South Korean half to run in on goal, nobody comes across to him and only a Kim Seungyyu save denies him.

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And another chance for Brazil!Vinícius whips a dangerous cross in which almost reaches Raphinha, but he can't quite get a touch on it.

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What has Paquetà done there?!

Another Brazil break, Raphinha plays Paquetà through on goal and rather than shoot with his right foot, he tries to stab it with his left, which was never really on (I do confess that Paquetà is a better footballer than me and probably knows better...)

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Jung Wooyoung gets done by a Raphinha stepover and catches him with a flailing arm. 

He'll miss the next match...which won't be at this World Cup. 

Brazil purring against South Korea

No more words needed. 

South Korea have been brave so far. Perhaps too brave. Is 'too brave' going into 'naïve' territory?

They're almost going man-for-man at the back. And they've been punished...severely!

Biggest wins in World Cup history

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Biggest wins in World Cup history

I hope not because the South Koreans seem like quite a likeable bunch but just in case you're wondering...

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GOOOOOOOOOOOAL BRAZIIIIIIIL! Paquetà!

This is exhibition stuff...!

​​​​​​​Brazil break at pace, Vinícius races into the box down the left and dinks a beautiful ball back for the onrushing Paquetà, who strokes the ball first-time into the bottom corner. 

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Casemiro is next to have a go for Brazil but curls well wide from 25 yards. You've seen him score from there before. 

Tite joins the Brazil party

If I can get a video of Tite's dancing, I'll put it up. That actually happened

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South Korea haven't given up though. Hwang Heechan is again the threat, skipping away from Marquinhos and into the box but he's at a tight angle and his low shot is saved, again, by Alisson. 

That was just a superb team goal. Even Tite was dancing on the touchline (that's not a joke). 

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What WHAT A GOAL!

Brazil at their very, very best. Wow! 

​​​​​​​I don't know what the best bit about that goal was. Richarlison's juggling, Marquinhos' reverse pass, Casemiro's through-ball or Richarlison's cool-as-you-like finish

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Much better from Neymar there as some superb close control takes the ball away from two South Koreans and the referee in midfield. Silky stuff!

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A dangerous run from Neymar but he picked the wrong option! Vinícius was all alone on the left but instead of playing him clean through, he dwells on the ball and it's knocked out for a corner, which is cleared. 

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Kim Jinsu is getting forward well from left-back for South Korea and wins a corner. Son Heungmin whips it in but it's emphatically cleared, although Hwang Heechan has another go at goal from range. It's a much easier stop for Alisson this time. 

Incidentally, Neymar is now just one goal from equalling Pelé's record number of goals for Brazil (76 to 77). 

Tribute to Pelé

Footage of the tribute to Pelé in the 10th minute of the game against South Korea.

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A bit of possession for South Korea as they try to work their way back into the game. Kim Jinsu tries to get around the outside of Militão but there's nothing doing there. 

The Samba beat goes on

This is the story of the match so far.

How hopeful are you all of South Korea getting back into this...? It's only 2-0...

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South Korea almost back in it!

What a save that is from Alisson! Hwang Heechan curls one towards the top corner and the Brazil keeper gets a touch on it to help it over!

In amongst all the madness on the field, there was a tribute to the great man Pelé in the 10th minute from the Brazil fans. A lovely touch for O Rei (the King)!

Live updates on Pelé's condition.

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GOOOOOOOAL FOR BRAZIL! Neymar penalty!

Possibly the cheekiest penalty you'll see. That went in at snail's pace as Neymar fools Kim Seungyyu!

What a start to this game!

Neymar to take...

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Penalty for Brazil!

Oh South Korea...Richarlison felled in the box!

The worst possible start for South Korea (it goes without saying...)

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR BRAZIIIIIIL! VINÍCIUS JÚNIOR!

What a start. What a goal! Carnival time already!

Raphinha's quick feet make it happen at the beginning, the Barcelona man then gets a lucky break and gets to the goal line, from where he crosses low to the far post. Vinícius is all alone and is the calmest man in the ground as he strokes the ball through a ruck of bodies and into the net. 

They've definitely been practicing that dance routine celebration...

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Militão is a tad lucky there! He gives the ball away to Hwang Heechan and South Korea are away but the referee judges that his shirt was pulled. Free kick. 

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Kim Jinsu hits an up-and-under which looks as if it might set Son Heungmin away but it spends an age in the air and allows the Brazil defence to get back and clear the danger. 

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Son Heungmin against Militão promises to be a superb battle down the South Korea left. Good tracking back from Raphinha on that occasion to help his mate out. 

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An early run through the middle from Richarlison, almost found by Paquetà! Cut out at the vital moment, thankfully for South Korea!

Away we go! South Korea get us underway!

The Neymar risk

What's this man going to get up to tonight? How fit will he be? Will that ankle hold up?

National anthem review

Brazil: upbeat, uptempo and fun. Just like their football (not always true but that's the stereotype).

South Korea: much slower but an emotional masterpiece. Belted out by each and every member of the team, including all five Kims. 

National anthem time

Here we go. "Please be upstanding."

Brazil vs South Korea: Five minutes to go!

Are you sitting comfortably?

Strap yourselves in, this should be a good one!

Who is the referee for Brazil vs South Korea in the World Cup 2022 round of 16 game?

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Who is the referee for Brazil vs South Korea in the World Cup 2022 round of 16 game?

You'll know all about Neymar and all about Son, but who's the man in the middle for Brazil vs South Korea? And who'll (hopefully) be giving him a helping hand?

It's Clément Turpin, who not only has a fun name to say, but has become one of the better-known referees in Europe in the last few years. 

More on him here from Calum. 

 

Stadium 974 the venue for Brazil vs South Korea

Of all the new grounds built for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Stadium 974 is probably the one you've heard most about. 

A temporary venue, the first in World Cup history, made from 974 shipping containers, which will be dismantled after the tournament finishes. 

It played host to six group matches, including Brazil's 1-0 win over Switzerland. 

Brazil vs South Korea odds and predictions: who is the favorite in the World Cup 2022 game?

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Brazil vs South Korea odds and predictions: who is the favorite in the World Cup 2022 game?

It probably won't come as a big surprise to learn that Brazil are huge favourites to win this one. 

If you fancy a flutter, here's what price you'll get on a win for each side and a draw. 

Who've you got? Anybody fancy an upset?

Three Brazil wins in three games against South Korea

As well as that friendly win earlier in the year, there have been two other meetings between the teams. Brazil won both of those too, 3-0 at home in November 2019 and 2-0 in South Korea in October 2013.

Neymar scored twice in Brazil thrashing of South Korea in June

In case you missed it, and it would've been easily done, Brazil thrashed South Korea by five goals to one in a friendly in Seoul in June, Neymar scoring twice. 

Let's hope the South Koreas have forgotten all about that one...

30 minutes until kickoff!

Are you ready? Drinks? Snacks? There's still a bit of time if not, but hurry!

30 minutes until we get underway. 

Brazil have arrived

Brazil have arrived at Stadium 974 and they look like they mean business, don't they?​​​​​​​

Pelé tribute in the 10th minute

In case you missed it earlier, I mentioned that there would be a round of applause from the fans in the ground in the 10th minute in honour of Brazilian legend Pelé, who I'm sure you'll be aware is in hospital in São Paolo. 

I'll point you in the direction of a dedicated page we have with updates on how he's doing, while we also have a host of trip-down-memory-lane articles reminiscing about the life and times of Pelé, both on and off the field. 

Did you know, for instance, the Pelé was a film star as well as one of the best soccer players to ever live?

South Korea: Qatar 2022 World Cup so far

While Brazil had a fairly trouble-free passage through to the quarter-finals, South Korea were involved in huge drama on matchday three. 

Hwang Heechan's injury-time winner against Portugal moved them from fourth into second in Group H and snatched qualification away from Uruguay, who thought they had done enough to finish in the top two but were ultimately eliminated on the goals scored tiebreak rule.

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Kim Seungyyu; Kim Moonhwan, Kim Minjae, Kim Younggwon, Kim Jinsu; Hwang Inbeom, Jung Wooyoung, Lee Jaesung; Hwang Heechan, Cho Guesung, Song Heungmin.

A 4-3-3 for the South Koreans. Five Kims, as we thought!

South Korea line-up to face Brazil

And here we have the South Korea line-up to take on Brazil!

Two changes for them, with Kim Minjae and Hwang Heechan coming into the starting eleven. 

 

Neymar and Danilo return to Brazil line-up; 10 changes

I make that 10 changes from the team that lost to Cameroon last time out. Eder Militão is the only player to keep his place, although he moves out to right-back, with Danilo switching over to the left. 

Alisson; Militão, Marquinhos, Silva, Danilo; Casemiro, Paquetà; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr; Richarlison. 

Brazil starting line-up vs South Korea: Neymar returns

Just as I sent that post, Brazil have announced their line-up!

And Neymar is indeed back!

One hour to go until kickoff!

Team news will surely be upon us SOON!

Brazil vs South Korea: Nike vs Nike

Here's an interesting anecdote related to today's clash. I knew Brazil had been with Nike forever (remember the pre-1998 World Cup advert in the airport?) but it turns out that South Korea have been too, for even longer!

Brazil: Qatar 2022 World Cup so far

Wins-to-nil against Serbia and Switzerland allowed Brazil to progress to the round of 16 with a game to spare. Everything looked to be rosy until a matchday three defeat to Cameroon, which didn't stop them from topping the group.

Should we read anything into that? Probably not, as they had nothing to play for and Tite made loads of changes. But they'll be desperate to get back on track from the off against South Korea. 

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Croatia beat Japan on penalties!

Brazil and South Korea know who their opponents in the quarter-finals are!

Croatia have ended Japan's hopes of progressing further in the competition, winning 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. 

Modric's World Cup career goes on!

Neymar fit again after an ankle injury

'May God bless and protect us'.

As I may have mentioned once or twice, Neymar is expected to return to action having missed two matches because of an ankle injury.

Some reports seem to think he's rushing himself back, I guess time will tell and we don't have too much longer to wait to find out!

Penalties in Japan vs Croatia! First shootout in Qatar 2022 World Cup

The first penalty shootout of the Qatar 2022 World Cup is upon us!

Japan and Croatia have drawn 1-1 and couldn't be separated in extra-time. 

Kieran will take you through the shootout if your nerves can handle it!

Brazil in high spirts ahead of South Korea!

There's a carnival atmosphere...on the Brazil bus! Can we get more footage from here if they win the game, please?

Brazil will be with us soon!

Brazil are on their way and will be with us soon! The beauty of a World Cup in a small country (I imagine) is limited travelling, which I'm sure the players will be enjoying.

2026 (in Mexico, the USA and Canada) will be a little different...

Son Heung-min fully fit

Spurs attacker Son Heung-min had been a doubt for the competition after fracturing an eye socket but, playing with a protective mask, seems to be at full fitness. 

Qatar World Cup 2022: South Korea national team roster | Selected players and omissions

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Qatar World Cup 2022: South Korea national team roster | Selected players and omissions

As for South Korea, Son Heung-min is their key player and main attacking threat. They hit the headlines in the group stage for playing with four defenders and a goalkeeper all called Kim, which is either a commentator's nightmare or dream, I'm not quite sure which one.

Qatar World Cup 2022: Brazil national team roster | Selected players and omissions

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Qatar World Cup 2022: Brazil national team roster | Selected players and omissions

In the absence of confirmed line-ups, let's take a look at each nation's World Cup roster, starting with Brazil. 

Tite has had plenty of fitness issues to contend with, with Neymar and Danilo both having missed games, although they should play tonight.Alex Sandro isn't expected to be involved, however, and fellow left-back Alex Telles and striker Gabriel Jesus won't feature again in the tournament because of injuries. Ouch!

Luckily, they've still got a few decent players to call upon...

Brazil possible starting line-up for the Round of 16 game vs South Korea

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Brazil possible starting line-up for the Round of 16 game vs South Korea

We're still a little away from having news on starting line-ups but let's have a look at how Brazil could start the game. 

They made lots of changes for their last group game - a defeat to Cameroon - which means head coach Tite will probably make lots of changes again today. 

Neymar will surely be back in if he's fit...

Luka Modric: World Cup career over?

Just a side note from the other game (remember it's Japan 1-1 Croatia in extra time). 

Luka Modric has just been taken off. He's 37. If Croatia don't win...his World Cup career is probably over

Neymar return confirmed?!

Is this confirmation of Neymar's return?! I think it might be!

What happens in case of a tie in the Round of 16 of the Qatar 2022 World Cup?

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What happens in case of a tie in the Round of 16 of the Qatar 2022 World Cup?

If you're not familiar with what happens when two teams are tied at the end of 90 minutes, fear not! 

Paul is here to tell you everything you need to know. 

Japan and Croatia going into extra-time!

Today's other game has finished Japan 1-1 Croatiaand, for the first time in the tournament, we're going to extra-time!

Brazil are World Cup favourites

Thebig boys have done the business in the last couple of days. No surprises so far and Brazil will be desperate to being the first 'giant' to fall. 

They've been given a 29.4% chance of winning the trophy by stats guys and gals Statista, well clear of second-favourites Argentina. 

No pressure, lads. 

Brazil vs South Korea for a place in the quarter-finals

As mentioned, Brazil or South Korea will take on Japan or Croatia in the quarter-finals. We'll know which two will face off in a few hours.

But which teams are already through?

 

Netherlands vs Argentina: Friday, 9 December, 2pm ET

England vs France: Saturday, 10 December, 2pm ET

 

Can we call these heavyweight ties? I think we can!

World Cup 2022 live online: game and team updates - round of 16

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World Cup 2022 live online: game and team updates - round of 16

And if you just can't get enough of the 2022 World Cup (and who could blame you?) and are just looking to keep up-to-date with all the goings-on around the tournament Qatar, we've got a little something for you on that score too. 

Go and have a look at our World Cup daily blog. 

Japan vs Croatia live online: Perisic goal, score, stats and updates, Qatar World Cup 2022

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Japan vs Croatia live online: Perisic goal, score, stats and updates, Qatar World Cup 2022

Of course, if you'd like to follow the end of that Japan vs Croatia game, you can do just the right here!

Kieran is covering that one live at the moment, go and say hello. You can stay right here too though!

Brazil or South Korea to face Japan or Croatia in the quarter-finals

What is says up there. 

Who will Brazil or South Korea face? It's anyone's guess, as things stand. 

Japan 1-1 Croatia with just under 15 minutes (of normal time) left to play. 

Neymar expected to return!

Fittingly, Brazil's current number 10 is expected to play against South Korea. 

No team news just yet but everything points to Neymar being BACK! 

Pelé will be watching Brazil vs South Korea

The good news is that Pelé will be watching today!

"In 1958, I walked the streets thinking about fulfillingthe promise I made to my father. I know that today many have made similar promises and are also going in search of their first World Cup. I'll be watching the game in hospital and I'll be rooting for each one of you. Good luck!"

Pelé tribute expected in the 10th minute

Before we even think about today's game as a sporting contest, it's important to mention Pelé. It's hard to put into words what the great man means for Brazilian soccer and indeed soccer in general.

You'll no doubt be aware that he's in hospital in São Paolo and not doing too well. We've got a dedicated page for you to follow for more info. 

Fans at today's game will pay tribute to Pelé with a round of applause in the 10th minute (in reference to his shirt number, of course). A huge banner will also be unveiled in the stadiums as an homage to the only man to have won three World Cups.

Hello and welcome to Brazil vs South Korea!

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening! Wherever you are in the world, are you ready for a show?

Brazil are in town and are red-hot favourites to beat South Korea in the 2022 World Cup Round of 16 and make it through to the quarter-finals. They would be fools to underestimate their Asian opponents though...

Thank you for joining me (Roddy) for today's game, I'll be bringing you all the build-up in the next couple of hours and then (almost) every kick when the action gets underway! Let's do it!

Brazil vs South Korea; Qatar World Cup 2022 Round of 16

- Brazil   are red-hot favourites to see off South Korea   in the Qatar World Cup 2022 Round of 16

- Kickoff at 2pm ET at Stadium 974 in Doha

- Neymar expected to return after an ankle injury

- The winners take on Japan or Croatia in the quarter-finals

​​​​​​​- Brazil legend Pelé, currently in a stable condition in hospital, to be honoured in 10th minute

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