Brazilian superstar Neymar was back in action for the first time since suffering a ligament injury in his team’s opening game of the tournament. With the win, Brazil advances to play Croatia — which defeated Japan via penalty kicks earlier Monday — in the quarterfinals Friday (7 a.m. ET, FOX).
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8′: And we’re off!
South Korea was caught offsides three times in the first six minutes of Monday’s match. Brazil, on the other hand, found a rhythm early, as Vinícius Júnior connected with the back of the net to put his team ahead early.
11′: Big-time penalty
Richarlison drew a foul in the penalty area early in this one, which presented a golden opportunity for Brazil to take a two-score lead.
13′: Neymar makes it two!
Neymar didn’t disappoint in his first game back from injury, converting the penalty to put Brazil up 2-0 early.
It was his seventh goal in his past 12 World Cup matches.
17′: What could have been
Japan was aggressive after falling in a 2-0 hole but wasn’t able to capitalize on the next few chances it had.
Brazil keeper Alisson, who didn’t face a single shot on goal in the two games he started in the group stage, came up with a clutch save to keep Japan off the board.
29′: Party in Doha!
Brazil took a 3-0 lead near the half-hour mark, thanks to Richarlison’s fancy footwork.
36′: When it rains, it pours
Brazil extended its lead to 4-0 after Lucas Paquetá‘s goal — his first of this World Cup — late in the first half.
39′: Style points
Brazil continued to pour it on as the first half came to a close, keeping South Korea off the board altogether.
Brazil is the first team to score four-plus goals in the first half of a knockout-stage match since Germany in 2014.
46′: No quit
South Korea came out fighting in the second half, but Brazil’s defense was too much to overcome.
76′: Shutout avoided
Finally, South Korea got on the board late in the second half with this picture-perfect goal.
It was too little, too late, however, and things ended there.
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