Match Today: Brazil vs South Korea 05-12-2022 Qatar World Cup 2022
Brazil haven't really lived up to the high expectations placed on them at the 2022 World Cup. They did what was needed to reach their last 16 clash with Republic of Korea on Monday as both teams bid for a place in the quarter-finals. Despite losing their final Group G match, Brazil finished top and will be looking to overtake Korea who only secured passage to this stage in their final Group H match. This confrontation will be held at Stadium 974 in Doha. Brazil has lost once in its last 18 matches. Brazil have had three clean sheets in their last five matches. Brazil have won nine of their last 10 matches. South Korea have conceded in 10 of their last 13 World Cup matches. Korea achieved only one win in their three matches in this competition.
Brazil vs South Korea
Brazil came away losing 1-0 to African giants Cameroon, and despite massive changes in their squad, Brazil were expected to win. They had chances, but Cameroon's second goalkeeper Davies Mbuka Ebese put in a great game. Loaded with massive saves to dethrone the five-time world champions. It was Brazil's first loss in 18 matches and now they have to start over. They've had three clean sheets in their last five games and the better starting point would be that they've failed to score in just one of their last 11 matches. Brazil and Korea have met three times before, all in friendlies that Brazil won. 5-1, 3-0, 2-0 and even in their disappointing World Cup form, they are still expected to beat Korea. By their standards, Brazil struggled in scoring in this tournament, and all three of their matches yielded a goal as a result. All three of their goals in this competition came in the second half. South Korea managed to win their final group match, and with it progress to this stage. Their presence at this stage came at the expense of Uruguay, who needed just one goal in their victory over Ghana. They qualified here with four points, which is one of the lowest among teams at this stage and they can only improve Al Ain. They have lost two of their last seven matches and managed just one clean sheet in their three matches in this competition, although they have scored more than one goal in their last two matches. Their victory over Portugal in the final group match was only their second in 12 World Cup matches.
South Korea vs Brazil
With Brazil preparing for this match, the main focus will be on Neymar Jr. The Paris Saint-Germain star was injured in their opening match of this competition and has been out ever since, with tentative plans to send him back into the knockout stages. However, there is still no news about his existence and Brazil fans are waiting with bated breath. The first three matches affected the Brazilian players. Apart from Neymar, Danilo and Alex Sandro also missed the final group match due to injury and it got worse for Samba Boys as Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles were ruled out of the tournament after sustaining injuries in the loss to Cameroon. Brazil coach Tite made nine changes against Cameroon and here his players will return in complete comfort, so we expected to see players like Thiago Silva, Alisson Becker, Casemiro and Richarlison all returned to the starting line-up. Meanwhile, South Korea has no infection concerns. Hwang Hee-chan started the tournament with concerns about a hamstring problem but his 90th-minute goal against Portugal was the reason Korea shone at this stage of the competition at the expense of Uruguay.