FIFA WC: Brazil crush South Korea 4-1 to storm into quarters against Croatia; Neymar, Richarlison among scorers

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Qatar: Five-time champions Brazil showcased a performance worthy of their favourites tag to storm into the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022FIFA WC: Brazil crush South Korea 4-1 to storm into quarters against Croatia; Neymar, Richarlison among scorers in Qatar on Tuesday. Brazil outclassed South Korea 4-1 in their Round of 16 encounter at the Stadium 974 to set up a mouth-watering clash with the 2018 runners-up Croatia, who beat Japan 3-1 on penalties on Monday.

Vinicius Jr, Neymar Jr, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta were on target for Brazil as they secured a clinical 4-1 victory against South Korea in the Round of 16 match.

Vinicius Junior set the tone with a composed penalty-area finish from Raphinha’s cross after seven minutes, and Neymar doubled Brazil’s advantage from the spot six minutes later for a foul on Richarlison.

It was Neymar’s 76th goal for Brazil, leaving him just one behind the legendary Pele’s all-time record.

Richarlison then added to his personal showreel of great goals at this World Cup when he followed his spectacular volley against Serbia with a real work of art, controlling the ball three times with his head and foot before moving into position to take Thiago Silva’s pass in his stride and score.

Brazil went four up with another gem after 36 minutes, Vinicius picking out Lucas Paqueta for West Ham’s expensive acquisition to score with a well-placed volley.

South Korea, to their great credit, continued to compete and forced several fine saves from Brazil keeper Alisson, before substitute Paik Seung-ho pulled one back with a glorious 30-yard strike to add to the night’s collection of special goals.

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