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Mighty Brazil send South Korea packing

By Razeen Gutta

It was a destructive display from the Brazilians, with Neymar returning to both the starting eleven and the scoresheet in a 4-1 win over the Korea Republic.

There may have been dreams of an upset from the South Koreans after their heroic victory over Portugal to send them through to the last 16. However, the task against the South Americans was a whole different ball game for Son Heung Min and company.

Korean hopes were quickly shattered as Vinicius Jnr and Neymar scored a goal apiece inside 13 minutes at Stadium 974.

The ground constructed of shipping containers will soon be dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere; and on its final match day in Qatar, fans got to see an impeccable performance from the tournament favourites.

The first half turned out to be quite the spectacle for the sea of yellow inside the ground, with Richarlison and Lucas Pacqueta both getting on the scoresheet to make it 4-0 before the break.

The second half delivered a more controlled style of play, with Tite giving game time to the likes of Dani Alves and Gabriel Martinelli.

The introduction of goalkeeper Weverton also meant that the entire 26 man squad have now been afforded minutes in Qatar.

Brazil did the legendary Pele proud after news of his ill health emerged this week. Those in the ground paid tribute to the great man, who tweeted on Tuesday that would be watching the team from his hospital bed.

There would be something for the South Koreans to cheer, too, with Paik Seung Ho grabbing an excellent consolation goal in the final fifteen minutes.

Brazil will take on Croatia in the quarter finals with the final last eight fixture set to get confirmed on Tuesday when Morocco play Spain and Portugal take on Switzerland.

Pictured above: Neymar

Image source: @FifaWorldCup