Brazil vs South Korea, result: Brazil's 20-year wait for another World Cup may finally be coming to a close

Brazil hold up a banner for Pele/Brazil vs South Korea, World Cup 2022 result: Neymar on the scoresheet as South Americans turn on style
Brazil hold up a banner for Pele/Brazil vs South Korea, World Cup 2022 result: Neymar on the scoresheet as South Americans turn on style

Brazil 4 South Korea 1

By Jason Burt at 974 Stadium

This was just like watching Brazil. From his hospital bed in Sao Paulo, as he fights colon cancer, Pele was among the viewers and he saw the kind of dazzling, swaggering display that rolled back the years for the Selecao and sent out a statement to the rest of the world. Joga Bonito, with those illustrious shirts, jogged the memories. This was the Brazil of Pele.

The 82-year-old also saw Neymar return, after injury, and score the goal that takes him within one of Pele’s all-time record of 77 for Brazil; he saw a performance full of samba sweetness, with a kick like a Caipirinha cocktail, and he saw the confirmation that his countrymen are rightly the favourites to win this tournament.

At the final whistle Neymar and Danilo, who had both been substituted, returned to the centre circle to unfurl a banner in tribute to Pele. They were joined by their team-mates while four legends – Ronaldo, Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Rivaldo – happily watched from the stands.

Brazil now face Croatia in the quarter-finals on Friday. They have gone out to European opposition at every World Cup since 2002, and though Luka Modric and co will be more wily than South Korea, who were naive, overwhelmed and chased the game after falling behind (and whose Portuguese coach Paulo Bento quit as their campaign ended), they will surely not stand in Brazil’s way. Prior to kick-off South Korea’s captain Son Heung-min puffed out his cheeks as he stood in the tunnel. He looked like he knew what was coming.

In the build-up to the last-16 tie, Pele had posted on social media a faded colour photograph of himself as a 17-year-old in Stockholm, in 1958, having promised his father he would help Brazil win their first World Cup. He did just that and is still the only player to have done so three times. In his post he declared that he would be watching this tie and Brazil took notice. “I want to inspire you my friends,” he wrote. And he did just that.

After a wait of 20 years Brazil believe they are destined to win it again and on this form it will take an incredible effort to prevent them as they celebrated the return of Neymar who had limped out of their opening group game against Serbia with an ankle injury.

“I did not feel any pain,” Neymar said afterwards. “When I got injured I spent a very difficult night, I was thinking of a million different things and I was afraid I might not play in the World Cup.”

The forward kissed the ball before nonchalantly stroking home the penalty that was one of four goals in an extraordinarily dominant first-half with Richarlison scoring – and now laying claim to the best two goals at this World Cup after his spectacular volley against the Serbs – along with Vinicius Junior and Lucas Paqueta. Each was followed by a group huddle and a different dance – almost as choreographed as the goals themselves. Even coach Tite joined in. “They have a language which is dancing,” he said, dismissing sour claims that it showed a lack of respect.

Tite dances - Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Tite dances - Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The accusation that can be levelled against Brazil is that after the flurry of goals there were signs of selfishness, as Richarlison and Neymar tried to add to their tally, and a touch of showboating. But only after they got the job done with a ruthlessness that will strike fear.

Yes, Alisson was forced into some fine saves as South Korea courageously kept going but no one ever thought Brazil were in danger of throwing this away or did not have a couple of gears to ease through should their opponents have claimed more than their fine, late consolation goal.

Brazil were just too quick and too powerful, as well as too skilful, for the runners-up in Group G, who had finished ahead of Uruguay and Ghana having beaten Portugal in their last tie. That should be the takeaway from this tie. It was summed up in their goals starting with the first, with Vinicius Junior teed up by Raphinha and coolly chipping the ball beyond a despairing raft of South Korean defenders.

Those defenders were panicking and it led to the second goal as Jung Woo-young kicked out wildly with an attempted clearance, catching Richarlison. The penalty was given and Neymar waited calmly, as goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu danced along his line before rolling the ball past him.

The pick of the goals? It was emphatically the third. Richarlison juggled the ball on his head one, two, three, four times, flicked it in the air once, twice and the third time with a pass to Marquinhos on the edge of the penalty area who squared it to Thiago Silva, with the Tottenham forward running over it. Silva threaded it through to Richarlison and he sidefooted home. Wait? Both centre-halves were just outside the South Korean area? It said it all.

The fourth? Brazil countered with Neymar flicking a pass to his left to find Vinicius Junior. As players swarmed into the area he lofted his cross to the onrushing Paqueta who volleyed it home.

South Korea kept going and got their reward when a free-kick was only cleared as far as substitute Paik Seung-ho. Twenty yards out he drove the ball back through a crowd before Tite brought on third-choice goalkeeper Weverton meaning Brazil had used all 26 of their players. It showed their togetherness.

Match details and marks

Brazil (4-2-3-1) Alisson 9 (Weverton, 80); Militao 6, (Dani Alves, 63) Marquinhos 7, Silva 8, Danilo 6 (Bremer, 72); Casemiro 6, Paqueta 7; Raphinha 7, Neymar 8 (Rodrygo, 81), Vinicius Junior 7 (Martinelli, 72); Richarlison 8.

South Korea (4-2-3-1) Kim Seung-gyu 6; Kim Moon-hwan 5, Kim Min-jae 5, Kim Young-gwon 6, Kim Jin-su 5 (Hong Chul, 46); Hwang In-beom 5 (Paik Seung-Hho, 65), Jung Woo-young 6 (Son Jun-ho, 46); Lee Jae-sung 6 (Lee Kang-in, 74) Son Heung-min 7, Hwang Hee-chan 7; Cho Gue-sung 7 (Hwang Ui-jo, 80).
Booked Jung Woo-young.

Referee Clement Turpin (France).
Attendance  43,847.

Brazil 4 South Korea 1: as it happened

09:49 PM

Final: Brazil sweep past South Korea

A sensational display in the first half from Brazil. They scored four goals, they celebrated with four joyful dances (which some people reckoned was a bit disrespectful) and some of their football was of the very highest quality. Richarlison's goal, particularly, was a lovely thing. It should be said that South Korea were hugely over-ambitious in attempting to go toe-to-toe with them. Still, none of the other nine teams still alive in the World Cup will relish facing Brazil now, not least because Neymar seemed to have come back fit and firing. The second half was a formality and Tite was able to rest some players, even giving his third-choice keeper a run out. The players had a banner for the ailing Pele at the end.

They will face Croatia in the quarter-final this Saturday at 3pm. Croatia had a considerably tougher assignment today in the other last-16 match so might be more jaded, but on the other hand, maybe more battle-hardened. It will be an intriguing clash. Thanks a lot for following this one with us, this is me, Alan Tyers, signing off. Cheers.

09:23 PM

Squad game these days

By bringing on the third choice keeper there, Tite has now used all 26 players in his squad. They are the first side in World Cup history to use as many as 26 players, says Opta.

I think the mighty stats site are carefully not committing to whether everyone in the squad has ever had a go before. Presumably some of those old boys in 1934 etc didn't have like rafts of subs.

Here's Richarlison on the dancing: "We rehearse that celebration together with coach in the hotel and I am happy we had a chance to use it.”

After the match he had comforted a tearful Son. “Football is like that,” Richarlison added. “One is going to win. One is going to lose. I wish him all the best because we need him at Tottenham.”

09:20 PM

Nice stat

09:19 PM

Positives for the South Koreans?

Well, the match is over, for one. Also, Hwang Hee-chan had a really good game up front. Seung-ho Paik scored a belter. And, you know what, Alisson actually had to make three seriously good saves. But they paid the price for committing too many may forward too soon. At 2-0 it was like they went, well, we might as well not die wondering. They might have been better off shutting up shop at 0-2 and hoping that the storm passed or Brazil got sloppy.

But, like, Brazil are a lot better than South Korea are at football. The Asian side weren't 13/1 to win in 90 minutes because this was a tough fixture for the South Americans.

09:15 PM

Player ratings: how did everyone do?

Who caught your eye? Who turned your stomach? Let us know on the player rating machine.

09:13 PM

Do you think that anyone can stop Brazil?

They looked unplayable in that first half. BUT surely other sides won't go toe-to-toe with them like South Korea did. Croatia will have a lot more nous. Whether they can compete with the movement, I'm not so sure.

09:06 PM

Brazil players with a Pele tribute at the end

For Pele - Michael Steele/Getty Images
For Pele - Michael Steele/Getty Images

09:04 PM

Graeme Souness

"The naivety of Korea was beyond belief. They thought 'we will take Brazil on in a slugfest' from minute one. What did they think they were going to get?"

09:03 PM

Tough night at the office for the Korean guys

Players react at the end - AP Photo/Ariel Schalit
Players react at the end - AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

08:56 PM

Full time: Brazil 4 South Korea 1

Absolutely delightful stuff in the first half as Brazil hit top form to put four past South Korea. The game was over by half time but to be fair to South Korea, they did 'win' the second half thanks to a fine hit by Paik Seung-ho. Brazil will now face Croatia in the quarter-finals, and if they touch the heights they did in the first half here, we can say tatty-bye to Luka Modric and pals.

Four goals they score, notable for their interplay and their beauty. It was really striking how much they seemed to delight in each other's play. Richarlison's, when he juggled the ball on his head before launching some dazzling interplay, was maybe the best. Neymar looked fit and in form and scored a cute penalty. Hopefully it will have put a smile on the face of Pele.

08:53 PM

Welcome to maths with Eni

08:49 PM

87 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 1

Dani Alves with a scissor kick volley! Oooh I say. Deflected behind for a corner.

Dani Alves of Brazil takes a shot - Justin Setterfield/Getty Images
Dani Alves of Brazil takes a shot - Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

08:44 PM

"Just go out there and win the second half lads"

Paik Seung-ho celebrates - AFP
Paik Seung-ho celebrates - AFP

08:42 PM

80 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 1

Talking of Alisson, he's taken off. A sentimental rather than injury sub. Weverton, the third-choice keeper, is going to have a few minutes.

Neymar also withdrawn. Rodrygo's on. Not to be confused with Stilgoe's On (1986)

08:40 PM

79 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 1

South Korea not lying down. A chipped ball through, Cho Gue-sung gets onto it, and has an effort. Another decent save from Alisson.

08:38 PM

GOAL! Brazil 4 South Korea 1 (Seung-ho Paik 76)

A freekick for South Korea, headed half clear by the Brazil backl line, and then absolutely lashed by the sub Seung-Ho Paik for a screamer of a finish. Bosh! He really wellied that, it seems to have caught somebody on the way through and that's a consolation at least for the South Koreans.

He's got a foot like a traction engine: Paik Seung-ho scores - AFP
He's got a foot like a traction engine: Paik Seung-ho scores - AFP

08:36 PM

75 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

Various subs have further reduced the sting from this game.

08:36 PM

Richarlison and Tite

08:34 PM

71 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

I'm not arguing for a second that this has been anything other than an absolute beasting. But South Korea have been thwarted on three occasions by seriously good stops from Alisson. Would only have been academic - ie I think if one had gone in, Brazil would have tightened up and raised their game. But just noting that there are chances to score against this side.

08:30 PM

68 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

Na Sang-ho crunches a shot at goal. Alisson sticks out a hand and half stops it, the ball strikes Cho Gue-sung, who was on the deck just behind Alisson after a scramble. Oh no - has he inadvertently prevented a consolation goal?!!? Ah, I think he was offside anyway.

08:25 PM

64 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

In-Beom Hwang is coming off. Has the good grace to look disappointed but you would not blame the Korean guys if they wanted to just get in the rooms and forget this ever happened.

Seung-Ho Paik is the lucky camper who comes on.

08:23 PM

62 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

Militao is coming off. Dani Alves is coming on.

08:22 PM

61 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

Raphinha has gone close a couple of times. Unluckily for him, the keeper seems to be reserving his best saves for when Raphinha shoots. Great stop here at the near post.

08:21 PM


08:18 PM


Tom Morgan writes:

"In the cynical world of modern football, that was a half to fall madly, deeply back in love with the game. Brazil at their irresistible best. Intuitive, flamboyant, arrogant....worthy of any team in their glorious history.

Vinicius Jr was literally playing with a smile on his face. It felt so pure, so far away from the week in, week out of the Premier League, where 12 of this squad ply their trade.

This World Cup has been framed by many back in Brazil as an opportunity to reclaim the yellow shirt after Neymar, in particular, prompted anger by appearing in videos backing outgoing far right leader Bolsonaro. They've gone some way to doing that in this last-16 fixture."

08:16 PM

55 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

The game has not surprisingly gone a little quiet.

Rare moment for Alisson to get involved - here is that shot from a few minutes ago.

South Korea's midfielder Son Heung-min shoots but fails to score - AFP
South Korea's midfielder Son Heung-min shoots but fails to score - AFP

08:14 PM

52 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

08:12 PM

What do you think?

08:11 PM

48 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

Son Heung-min, thus far totally anonymous, robs Marquinhos of the ball and has a go from the edge of the area. Alisson tips it behind for a corner, which Brazil defend.

South Korea's Son Heung-min reacts - REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
South Korea's Son Heung-min reacts - REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

08:09 PM

47 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

Raphinha looks to pick up where they left off, coming forward and having a shot. Does not hit it right.

08:08 PM

Second half ahoy

Any way back for S Korea? No. Of course not.

Kim Jin-su is subbed off for Hong Chulat. Lucky for Kim Jin-su.

08:01 PM

Talking of ITV

Viewing figures press release: "A peak of 20.4 million viewers across TV and streaming watched ITV’s coverage of England v Senegal.

This is 1.7 million viewers higher than the peak audience for England v Wales and the biggest peak audience of 2022 on a single network."

07:59 PM

Roy Keane on Brazil celebrations

"I don't like this. The dancing. I think it is disrespectful to the opposition. Maybe for the first one. But the coach joining in as well? No."

07:58 PM

Meanwhile, back in Rio

Back home - EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Back home - EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

07:56 PM

Rate the players at half time

Kim, Kim, Kim, Kim and Kim: look away now.

07:53 PM

Half time: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

An absolute roasting. Wow. What a half of football. South Korea committed men forward despite heavy losses, seemingly oblivious to the fact that they were leaving their back four (the four Kims) up against four Brazil forwards without support. Massacre. About the best thing you can say for South Korea is that it could have been more...

07:52 PM

45+ mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

It should be seven! South Korea again ripped open like a wet paper bag and Brazil have any number of routes to applying the finish as they power into the box. Its Richarlison who neglects to pass and tries to slot it across the keeper himself. Denied.

07:50 PM

45+ mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

It should be six! Vinicius Jr gets down the left and stands the ball up for Raphinha. All he has to do is dip his head and nod it past the keeper but he tries a flying kick instead and gets it all wrong.

07:49 PM

44 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

It should be five! Paqueta finds himself one on one with Kim Seung-Gyu and tries to apply the finish with his left when it would have been a sitter with the right.

07:46 PM

42 mins: Brazil 4 South Korea 0

The footballing slaughter continues. South Korea still attacking. C'est magnifique mais ce n'est pas la guerre.

07:38 PM

GOAL! Brazil 4 South Korea 0 (Lucas Paqueta 36)

It's four! Another lovely team move. Neymar carries it down the inside left channel and plays it to Vinicius Jr, who chips the ball up with an outrageous little scoop, perfectly into the path of Lucas P who strokes the ball home. More delightful celebrations. South Korea are getting ripped apart. They are still committing loads of men forward. I guess it doesn't matter if you lose 4-0 or 8-0 but they are just leaving themselves so open.

Lucas Paqueta of Brazil scores the team's fourth goal - Lars Baron/Getty Images
Lucas Paqueta of Brazil scores the team's fourth goal - Lars Baron/Getty Images

07:36 PM

34 mins: Brazil 3 South Korea 0

What a team performance this is. Poor old South Korea are getting the rough end of it.

Here's the gaffer busting a move

Brazil's Richarlison celebrates scoring their third goal with coach Tite - REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Brazil's Richarlison celebrates scoring their third goal with coach Tite - REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

07:30 PM

GOAL! Brazil 3 South Korea 0 (Richarlison 29)

WICKED goal! Love this. Richarlison bounces the ball three times on his head. Plays a ball to Marquinhos and surges into the box. Marquinhos slips it to Casemiro, who plays it through for the onrushing Richarlison. He barely has to check his stride as he purrs onto the ball, controls and tucks it away.

A team goal of true beauty and skill.

The Brazil players all embrace and hug each other, dancing around. The subs are having their own little party on the sidelines.

Now Tite is joining in the dancing! This is great. The vibes are off the scale and they are going to take some beating in this tournament.

Richarlison of Brazil celebrates after scoring the team's third goal - Francois Nel/Getty Images
Richarlison of Brazil celebrates after scoring the team's third goal - Francois Nel/Getty Images

07:27 PM

27 mins: Brazil 2 South Korea 0

Neymar with another dribble - and this time the referee gets in his way.

07:27 PM

25 mins: Brazil 2 South Korea 0

Neymar with a run forward but perhaps takes on one man too many when others were well placed.d

07:26 PM

24 mins: Brazil 2 South Korea 0

Other than, er, being two nil down Korea are doing pretty well. Hwang Hee-chan has another go from range but less spectacular this time.

07:25 PM

22 mins: Brazil 2 South Korea 0

Kim Jin-su getting forward well from left back and asking some questions of Militão the Brazil right back. He has the answers.

07:22 PM

18 mins: Brazil 2 South Korea 0

Hwang Hee-chan is not taking it lying down, at least. He drives forward, swops passes with a colleague and unleashes a magnificent strike that Alisson meets with an equally excellent save. Tipped over the bar. The South Koreans need a moment of magic, but the Liverpool keeper was in denial mode.

07:15 PM

GOAL! Brazil 2 South Korea 0 (Neymar 13 pen)

Neymar showing the Japanese players (who missed 3/4 in the shootout) how it is done if you are going to go for the slow and cheeky. Stuttering, staggering run-up, sends the goalie the wrong way and that's two. This could be a cricket score.

Neymar makes no mistake from the spot - Getty
Neymar makes no mistake from the spot - Getty

An even more joyful celebration this time - the whole team joining in to cut a rug.

07:12 PM

10 mins: Brazil 1 South Korea 0

Richarlison is fouled in the box and the ref has no hesitation. Penalty! Kim Moon-hwan had tried to hack the ball clear, Richo sort of slid in and he ended up booting Richarlison instead. Felt a bit sorry for him actually the lad. The Var is not going to save his bacon and Neymar will have a chance to score from the spot.

07:11 PM

9 mins: Brazil 1 South Korea 0

South Korea are under huge pressure here. It's all Brazil. The movement and interplay is excellent. Koreans are reduced to fouling.

Here is Tom Morgan:

"Richarlison has talked previously of the Brazil players deciding on certain celebratory dances in the dressing room pre-match and that was a particularly joyful one sparked by Vinicius Jr's opener.

It's only a shame that it wasn't watched by a full stadium. There are at least 1,500 empty seats here, which is amazing given Brazil managed to fill the 88,000 Lusail Stadium a couple of times."

Brazil's forward #20 Vinicius Junior (2ndl) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Brazil's forward #11 Raphinha, Brazil's midfielder #07 Lucas Paqueta and Brazil's forward #10 Neymar - AFP/Getty
Brazil's forward #20 Vinicius Junior (2ndl) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Brazil's forward #11 Raphinha, Brazil's midfielder #07 Lucas Paqueta and Brazil's forward #10 Neymar - AFP/Getty

"A far from ideal send off for Stadium 974, built with 974 shipping containers, and set to be dismantled after this match. However, the Brazilians and South Koreans who have turned up have been making a decent ding.

It was a big call from Tite getting Neymar back in and he had been looking  lively ahead of the opener. He's only had one full practice since twisting his ankle against Serbia in Brazil's opening match. It's seems unlikely he will play the full 90."

07:09 PM

GOAL! Brazil 1 South Korea 0 (Vinicius Jr 7)

Raphinha has taken control of this. He starts a move. He carries on his run down the right. He has the composure to get his head up and he picks out Vinicius Jr.  Vinicius controls, takes his time and shows great composure to pick his spot and put the ball away.

Vinicius Junior of Brazil scores - Getty Images Europe
Vinicius Junior of Brazil scores - Getty Images Europe

A tremendous four-man dancing celebration.

Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates Raphinha, Lucas Paqueta and Neymar - REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates Raphinha, Lucas Paqueta and Neymar - REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

07:05 PM

4 mins: Brazil 0 South Korea 0

Here are the teams again. The winners will face Croatia on Friday at 3pm UK.

Brazil: Alisson; Eder Militao, Thiago Silva (captain), Marquinhos, Danilo, Casemiro, Lucas Paqueta, Neymar, Vinicius Jr., Raphinha, Richarlison.

South Korea: Kim Seung-gyu, Kim Moon-hwan, Kim Min-jae, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Jin-su, Lee Jae-sung, Jung Woo-young, Jeong Woo-yeong, Hwang In-beom, Son Heung-min (captain), Hwang Hee-chan, Cho Gue-sung.

07:03 PM

3 mins: Brazil 0 South Korea 0

Neymar getting involved in an attack, Richarlison carrying the ball. Noise level goes up a lot any time Ney-Ney is anywhere near the football.

07:01 PM

1 mins: Brazil 0 South Korea 0

It's SK who are the first to produce something, getting forward with a bit of zip, but their fun curtailed by the offside flag.

07:00 PM

Lovely aerial shot on ITV

I think they are having a good tournament.

ITV shakes off England 'hoodoo' after Gary Lineker's pre-match mischief

06:57 PM

Anthem time

Brazil to play first. A mighty rendition, but nobody actually weeping that time (cf vs Germany in 2014) and the guys look up for it but controlled.

South Korea, also excellent. A few singers in the line-up by the sounds.

06:54 PM

Jason Burt is our man in the stadium

"Minutes to go before a World Cup knock-out tie involving Brazil (v South Korea) and there are a huge number of empty seats at the Stadium 974. There really is something all wrong about that - plus this will be the last game ever held at this stadium, made from 974 shipping containers, before it is taken down. What a monumental waste of money and lots more."

06:53 PM

The players are in the tunnel

Neymar, dancing on his toes and rolling his neck like a welterweight contender. And here they come.

06:51 PM

The South Koreans

can be backed at 13/1 to win this match in 90 minutes, if you are feeling confident in Son producing a moment of magic on the break. I remain to be convinced that Neymar will be fully fit. A huge call to leave him out, of course.

06:34 PM

Those teams again

Brazil forward Neymar will start for the five-times champions in their World Cup last-16 match against South Korea on Monday after recovering from an ankle injury.

Full back Danilo was also cleared to play and will start on the left side of defence, as both Alex Sandro and Alex Telles were ruled out by injuries.

Both Neymar and Danilo suffered ankle injuries in Brazil's opening 2-0 win over Serbia, which meant they missed the 1-0 win over Switzerland and the 1-0 defeat by Cameroon, when coach Tite rotated his team to keep most of his key players fresh.

Centre back Eder Militao, who replaced Danilo at right back against Switzerland, will play against South Korea in the same role.

South Korea coach Paulo Bento made two changes to his starting 11, replacing Kwon Kyung-won and Lee Kang-in with defender Kim Min-jae and forward Hwang Hee-chan, who was the hero of their comeback 2-1 win against Portugal, coming off the bench to score the winner in stoppage time.

Here be the teams.

Brazil: Alisson; Eder Militao, Thiago Silva (captain), Marquinhos, Danilo, Casemiro, Lucas Paqueta, Neymar, Vinicius Jr., Raphinha, Richarlison.

South Korea: Kim Seung-gyu, Kim Moon-hwan, Kim Min-jae, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Jin-su, Lee Jae-sung, Jung Woo-young, Jeong Woo-yeong, Hwang In-beom, Son Heung-min (captain), Hwang Hee-chan, Cho Gue-sung.

Great news for Kim fans, that's another clean sweep of the back four and the keeper.

06:31 PM


Only the Croatian players themselves can know if they read Sam Dean's piece here

How to win a penalty shootout, according to science

But they certainly did the business in the shootout. Well, they were less awful than Japan, anyway.

The bookies at least don't seem to believe that we will need spot-kicks in this one. Brazil are about 1/3 on to win in 90. South Korea 13/1. The draw in 90 minutes is 5/1.

06:27 PM

Who do you think will win?

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06:26 PM

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06:23 PM

Neymar returns

It's the moment Brazil fans have been waiting for: Neymar returns for the national side after missing the second and third matches of the group stage through injury.

The PSG forward played against Serbia, but was subbed off in the second half.

As noted earlier, Brazil have been plagued with injuries, with Eder Militao starting at full back in the absence of Alex Telles and Alex Sandro. Danilo, who will also start at full-back, had been a doubt, but makes the starting line-up.

The midfield and forwards are the same which started the opener against Serbia, with Neymar expected to take a slightly deeper role than usual.

06:18 PM

The team news is in

Brazil: Alisson, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Danilo, Casemiro, Lucas Paqueta, Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Richarlison. Subs: Fred, Weverton, Dani Alves, Fabinho, Bruno Guimaraes, Antony, Rodrygo, Everton Ribeiro, Ederson, Bremer, Pedro, Martinelli.

South Korea: Seung-Gyu Kim, Moon-Hwan Kim, Min-Jae Kim, Young-Gwon Kim, Jin-Su Kim, In-Beom Hwang, Jung, Hee-Chan Hwang, Jae-Sung Lee, Heung-Min Son, Gue-Sung Cho. Subs: Yoon, Paik, Bum-Keun Song, Jun-Ho Son, Hong, Eui-Jo Hwang, Na, Kang-In Lee, Kyung-Won Kwon, Jo, Chang-Hoon Kwon, Tae-Hwan Kim, Yu-Min Cho, Jeong, Min-Kyu Song.

06:11 PM

Pele wishes Brazil luck

Brazilian great Pele offered support to national team ahead of their last 16 match against South Korea, saying he will watch the game from hospital after being admitted there last week as he battles colon cancer.

Pele, 82, said in an Instagram post that he wished to inspire Brazil's players by sharing a picture taken at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, when the then-teenager shocked the world leading the South American side to their first title.

"I'll watch the game from here at the hospital and I'll be rooting for each one of you," Pele said ahead of the match.

"We are on this journey together. Good luck to our Brazil!"

Brazil go into the match after losing their last match against Cameroon. They won their opening match 2-0 against Serbia, with two goals from Richarlison, and followed that up with a 1-0 win over Switzerland, thanks to a winner from Casemiro.

Brazil's star player, Neymar, is set to return to the team after missing the Switzerland and Cameroon matches through injury.

They have been struggling injury-wise, with only one natural full-back available after left-back Alex Telles suffered a knee injury in the Cameroon defeat.

Full backs Danilo and Alex Sandro are out after injuries suffered earlier in the competition and their availability is still unclear.

Telles and forward Gabriel Jesus, who also suffered a knee injury against Cameroon, were ruled out for the rest of the tournament by the Brazilian FA on Saturday.

South Korea will hope to cause an upset after a dramatic final group game against Brazil. South Korea were trailing early on, but replied twice, with the second coming in the 91st minute, to qualify.

The Asia side drew 0-0 with Uruguay in their opener, and lost 3-2 to Ghana in a very exciting second match.

They will be hoping that star player, Son Heung-min, will perform after a mostly underwhelming tournament so far.