Brazil beat fellow World Cup qualifiers South Korea 5-1 at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Thursday. Neymar scored two penalties to move within four goals of Pele at the top of Brazil’s all-time scoring list.
In a comfortable win for Tite’s team, the Paris St. Germain striker scored twice before and after halftime. He now has 73 goals in 118 games for his country, which is close to the record of the three-time World Cup winner. Richarlison gave Brazil the lead in the seventh minute, and even though Hwang Ui-jo tied it up for Korea just after the half-hour mark, it always looked like the visitors would win.
Neymar scored a penalty kick to put his team back in front three minutes before halftime, and he did it again in the 57th minute. Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus scored late goals to finish off a big win. Some people said it would be a battle between Neymar and Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min from South Korea, but it was Neymar and his teammates who won most of the time.
Early on, the South Americans took the lead when Alex Sandro ran into the penalty area and passed to Fred. Fred’s shot was deflected by Richarlison from close range past Kim Seung-Gyu, giving the South Americans the lead. Before the Koreans scored against the run of play in the 31st minute, Thiago Silva’s header was called off for being offside, and Raphinha and Dani Alves also came close.
When Hwang got the ball with his back to the goal, Silva tried to take it from him. Hwang used all his upper-body strength to hold Silva off, then turned and shot with his right foot into the far corner. In the 42nd minute, though, the Brazilians were back in front after a VAR review showed that Lee Yong had hurt Sandro. The referee, Ryuji Sato, gave the Brazilians a penalty after Lee Yong had hurt Sandro, and Neymar calmly put it in.
When Kim Young-Gwon brought down Sandro again in the box, three minutes before the hour mark, he was even calmer when he rolled home his second penalty kick of the game. Coutinho scored the fourth goal with 10 minutes left, and Jesus scored the fifth three minutes into extra time by running through the Korean defense and putting the ball low into the corner.