Neymar’s presence was confirmed in a curious way to say the least. Asked at a press conference if the number 10 would play, the defender
At another time, however, the coach was more restrained and conditioned the lineup to the training that would take place hours later, at the Grand Hamad Stadium, CT of the Brazilian National Team in Qatar.
Neymar Numbers for the Brazilian National Team
- 122 games
- 75 goals (2nd top scorer, with two less than Pel)
- 31 assists
- 106 participations in goals (0.86 per game)
- 31 yellow cards and 1 red
Neymar trained normally with his teammates and will even be chosen as a starter. In addition to him, Brazil will have the return of right-back Danilo, recovered from an injury to his left ankle.
“Alex Sandro is out, he has no medical or clinical conditions. We are not going to put him on because he is not healthy, and we respect health”, said Tite, who did not confirm the choice for the left-back, but hinted that it would be Danilo. “If you search who played there in their clubs, it will solve the riddle (laughs). Bet and go there […] Danilo is back”, he added.
Despite originally being a right-back, Danilo has played several times on the opposite side with the Juventus shirt. The Italian club, however, uses three defenders – in the Brazilian team, the tactical design is formed with two.
In this scenario, a vacancy opens up on the right. The sector should be occupied by defender der Milito, who started his career as a winger for that side and has already played like that against Serbia. Daniel Alves to be reserve. The rest of the team is considered a starter.
Brazil and South Korea faced each other recently. In a friendly played in June, the Brazilian team thrashed 5-1. Richarlison, Neymar (twice), Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus scored the winning goals. Hwang declined. Six months after that match in Seoul, captain Thiago Silva plans a very different meeting.
“Korea is a team that plays forward, likes to have the ball. Minimize their impetus to qualify. We have to work hard. But, once again, the last game has nothing to do with this Round of 16 of the League. World Cup. I’m sure it will be a very difficult game, I can say that we are very prepared too”, he evaluated.
Curiosities of the duel
- – Under Tite, Brazil have never lost two games in a row
- Brazil has not fallen in the round of 16 of the Cup since 1990 (it was the only time)
- Brazil have not gone two straight World Cup games without scoring since 1974
- Brazil x South Korea: seven games, with six Brazilian victories and one South Korean victory
- Thiago Silva will equal Cafu and Dunga as the player who captained Brazil the most in World Cups (11 games)
- VAR in Brazil vs South Korea, Frenchman Jrme Brisard the referee who yellowed Neymar for attempting a scooter in 2020
South Korea by Paulo Bento and Son
South Korea advanced to the knockout round of the World Cup thanks to a heroic 2-1 comeback victory over the Portuguese national team, in the last round of Group H. With the same four points as third-placed Uruguay, the vacancy as vice-leader the key came in the number of goals scored: four to two of the South Americans.
With smartphones in their hands, the South Korean players anxiously watched the final minutes of the Uruguay game and celebrated their classification on the pitch. The team’s main star, winger Heung-min Son, couldn’t hold back his tears.
“No one knows what can happen in the round of 16. Reaching the knockout stage is great, but our tournament is not over. I hope we can write another miracle”, declared Son after the classification.
Coach Paulo Bento, formerly of Cruzeiro, reaffirmed Brazil’s favoritism, considered by him the strongest candidate for the title in Qatar.
“We would be hypocrites if we said that it would be better to play with Brazil with Neymar than not. But, to be fair and true, I always prefer the best players to be there”, he said.
“We are going to make the best game possible and outline the best strategy to compete with a great team, full of great talent and that, unlike years ago, adds individual quality to the organization”, he continued.
Paulo Bento did not repeat the lineup of Korea in any match in this World Cup. Due to the dynamics of the opponents, the tendency is to opt for a formation similar to the one he sent to the field in the victory against Portugal. The decision, however, will depend on the physical conditions of the players – a topic often mentioned by the commander in an interview this Sunday.
BRAZIL X SOUTH KOREA
Alisson; der Milito, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Danilo; Casemiro, Lucas Paquet and Neymar; Raphinha, Vincius Junior and Richarlison
Seung-gyu Kim; Moon-hwan Kim, Kyung-won Kwon, Young-gwon Kim and Jin-su Kim; Woo-young Jung, Im-beom Hwang and Kang-in Lee; Jae-sung Lee, Heung-min Son and Gue-sung Cho
technician: Paulo Bento
Reason: World Cup Round of 16
Place: Stadium 974, in Doha, Qatar
date and time: Monday, December 5, 2022, at 4 pm (from Brasilia)
referee: Clment Turpin (France)
assistants: Nicols Danos (France) and Cyril Gringore (France)
VAR: Jrme Brisard (France)