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The Return of Jogo Bonito?
The Brazilian team’s display in their first half of the World Cup against Korea has been praised as the most beautiful football exhibition so far at the tournament.
The Brazilians were back to their exciting “Jogo Bonito” at Stadium 974 in Doha last Monday, as they easily defeated South Korea Republic 4-1 to set their quarterfinal match against current runners-up Croatia.
The “Jogo Bonito” is a famous Brazilian football strategy of playing attractive, fast-paced football that is often very entertaining to watch.
After seven minutes, Raphinha’s low cross reached Vinicius Jr., and he clinically shot the ball above the charging keeper and three defenders.
Within five minutes, Brazil had taken a 2-0 lead with a Neymar penalty and a brilliant third goal by Richarlison after a spell of dazzling movement.
This was followed by a beautiful combination between Marquinhos and Thiago Silva, with Brazil’s ecstatic fans dancing and everyone else purring with admiration.
After 36 minutes, Lucas Paqueta volleyed the ball past the Korean goalkeeper, and the five-time champions played the second half as an exhibition match.
They were only denied more goals by the impressive Korean goalkeeper Kim Seung-Gyu. They will now turn their attention to Friday’s quarterfinal meeting against Croatia.
Brazil dedicated their victory to the ailing Pele
After Brazil’s 4-1 World Cup victory over South Korea, the country’s players paid tribute to legendary player Pele, who is receiving hospital treatment due to his ailing health.
After Monday’s last-16 match at Stadium 974 in Doha, the players rolled out a massive banner for the 82-year-old, widely regarded as the greatest player of all time.
Pele’s battle with cancer is providing motivation for the players to try to win their 6th World Cup title—the first 3 of which Pele was part of.
“Our minds are focused on bringing home the championship”, Said Neymar.
Neymar returned from injury to help inspire Brazil to a 4-1 victory over South Korea on Monday, as the title contender through to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
Neymar was a crucial part of Brazil’s 4-1 victory, scoring a goal and providing an assist. Brazil will now face Croatia in the quarterfinals.
The world’s most expensive player, sitting out his team’s last two matches with a sprained ankle, suffered the injury in their opening 2-0 win over Serbia.
“We need to go further to winning the title”, Neymar told Brazilian broadcaster Globo
“We know we want to win the title, and that’s obvious. But we must take things one step at a time.”
“This was the fourth game in the World Cup. The team is ready to win the title. Their minds are focused on winning the World Cup.”
Croatia won on penalties to reach the quarterfinals beating Japan
Dominic Kivakovic made a vital save from Takumi Minamino, Kaoru Mitoma, and Maya Yoshida in their shootout victory over Japan on Monday before Mario Pasalic scored the winning penalty to send Croatia to the World Cup quarterfinals.
After an intense 90 minutes of play, the scores were tied at 1-1. However, Japan’s Kaoru Mitoma was the only player who could create any chances in the extra time. Kivakovic had to save Mitoma’s powerful shot.
Daichi Kamada had missed a shot moment earlier, and Japan’s Daizen Maeda had put them ahead in the 43rd minute, shooting a goal from close range after Ritsu Doan had delivered an in-swinging cross into the penalty area.
Croatia forward Ivan Perisic scored an impressive, powerful header goal, 10 minutes into the second half after meeting Dejan Lovren’s cross, tying the game up with Japan.