Brazil danced their way to the World Cup round of 16 in style, after a dominant one-sided 4-1 win over South Korea in their World Cup round-of-16 match at Stadium 974 on Monday.
Vinicius Junior, Neymar, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta were all on the scoresheet in a dominant first half as Brazil made sure to set up a crunch quarterfinal matchup against 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia on Dec. 9.
Neymar, who had missed Brazil's final two group games after picking up an ankle injury against Serbia, returned to the starting XI for Tite with the Selecao continuing their quest for a sixth World Cup title.
Brazil had some good fortunes in the form of legend Pele cheering the team from hospital while recovering from a respiratory illness. Vinicius wasted no time before he put his side ahead, slotting home a composed finish from a cross via Raphinha that found him unmarked.
South Korea's Jung Woo-Young brought Richarlison down in the area minutes after the opener to give Neymar a chance to double the lead. The Paris Saint-Germain star made no mistake from the spot, making a dummy run before sending goalkeeper Kim Seung-Gyu the wrong way to double his side’s lead inside 15 minutes.
The goal was Neymar's 76th for Brazil, leaving him one short of equaling Pele for the record of most all-time goals in a Brazilian jersey.
Richarlison then bagged his third goal of the tournament and made it 3-0 before the half-hour mark, sliding the easiest of effortss into the South Korean goal following some brilliant individual skill and clever ball movement with Thiago Silva.
For their fourth goal of the first half, Brazil created a swift counter-attack that saw Neymar feed Vinicius, who in turn slipped in a pass to the onrushing Paqueta, who made no mistake to fire home with his first touch.
Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-Min forced a great save from Alisson just after the restart and Raphinha was twice denied at the other end as he looked to add to Brazil's tally.
Brazil’s win now means they will take on Croatia in the quarterfinals on Dec 9 as they continue to see their status tag as ‘favourites’ grown even further after yet another dominant display.
Despite holding Brazil goalless in the second half and scoring a stunning late consolation goal through Paik Seung-Ho, the damage was already done as South Korea's World Cup came to an end against the high-flying tournament favourites.