Brazil remain on track for a sixth World Cup title after a stunning opening half steered them to a 4-1 thrashing of South Korea in their round-of-16 clash.
Brazil crush Sth Korea, into WC quarters
World Cup favourites Brazil have produced a performance to delight fans and terrify potential opponents as they ripped through South Korea with four first-half goals to secure a hugely impressive 4-1 victory in their last-16 clash.
They were ahead after seven minutes on Monday at Stadium 974 when Raphinha’s low cross reached Vinicius Junior and he expertly lifted the ball above the charging goalkeeper and three defenders.
Five minutes later it was 2-0 with a Neymar penalty and Richarlison added a brilliant third after a spell of juggling then a razor combination with Marquinhos and Thiago Silva that had Brazil’s delirious fans dancing and neutrals everywhere purring.
Lucas Paqueta volleyed in the fourth after 36 minutes and the five-times champions played the second half as an exhibition, denied more goals only by impressive Korean goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu, as they turned their attention to Friday’s (Saturday 2am AEDT) quarter-final meeting with Croatia.