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Brazil vs South Korea

When it comes to football, Brazil and South Korea are two countries that are often compared with one another. Both countries have had a lot of success in the sport, but there are some key differences between the two.

Brazil is widely considered to be the best footballing nation in the world. They have won the World Cup a record five times, and have produced some of the greatest players the game has ever seen, such as Pele, Ronaldo and Neymar. South Korea, on the other hand, is not quite as revered in the world of football. They have never won the World Cup, and their best ever finish was fourth place in 2002. However, they have had some success in recent years, qualifying for the last two World Cups and reaching the round of 16 in both tournaments.

So, who is the better footballing nation? Brazil or South Korea?

There is no simple answer to this question. Brazil are undoubtedly the more successful nation, but South Korea are slowly closing the gap. Only time will tell who will come out on top in this intriguing rivalry.

The semifinal of the 2002 FIFA World Cup was an international football match between Brazil and Turkey. It was the first time the two teams had met at the World Cup. Brazil won 2–1, with both of their goals coming from Ronaldo.

The game was played on 29 June 2002 at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan. It was the second of the two semifinal matches of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the first being played earlier between Germany and South Korea. The winner of this game would go on to play Germany or South Korea in the final.

Brazil entered the match as favourites, having won all four of their previous matches in the tournament. They had also won the World Cup five times before, more than any other team. In contrast, Turkey had only qualified for the World Cup three times previously, and had never made it past the first round.

Both teams had secured their place in the semifinal with impressive victories in the quarterfinals. Brazil had beaten England 2–1, while Turkey had defeated Senegal in a penalty shootout after the match had ended 0–0.

The match was Ronaldo’s 100th appearance for Brazil. He had scored 49 goals in his previous 99 games. In the sixth minute of the match, Ronaldo scored the opening goal with a header from a corner. It was his 50th goal for Brazil, making him the first player to score 50 goals for the national team.

In the 36th minute, Turkey equalised with a header from Hakan Şükür. The goal meant that Ronaldo had not scored in his last six appearances for Brazil at the World Cup, dating back to the 1998 tournament.

In the 67th minute, Ronaldo scored the winning goal with a header from a cross by Rivaldo. The goal was his tenth of the tournament, making him the second player to score ten goals in a single World Cup, after France’s Just Fontaine in 1958. He also became the first player to score in two different World Cups.

The victory meant that Brazil reached the final of the World Cup for the sixth time, equalling the record set by Italy. They would go on to lose the final 2–0 to Germany. Turkey’s defeat meant that they failed to reach the final for the first time.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the 21st FIFA World Cup, held in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2018. It was the second time that Brazil had hosted the World Cup, the first being in 1950, and the fifth time that it had been held in South America. Brazil was elected unchallenged as host nation in 2007 after the international football federation, FIFA, decreed that the cup would be returning to the continent for the first time since 1978, when it was held in Argentina.

Brazil played against South Korea in the Round of 16. The Brazilians had to sweat it out before securing a 2-1 win in a match that had more fouls than shots on target. Neymar starred for the Selecao with a goal and an assist, but it was Marcelo who had the biggest impact on the match with a sublime performance at left-back.

Brazil started the match with more purpose and created the first chance of the game when Neymar cut inside from the left and shot straight at Jo Hyeon-woo. The Korean goalkeeper was equal to the task and made a good save.

The opening goal came from an unlikely source, as centre-back Miranda powered a header into the back of the net from a Neymar corner. It was a deserved lead for the Brazilians, who had been the better team in the opening exchanges.

The second goal was even better than the first. Neymar picked up the ball on the halfway line and dribbled past multiple South Korean defenders before slotting the ball past the goalkeeper. It was a mesmerising solo goal that effectively killed the game as a contest.

South Korea did pull a goal back in the second half through Son Heung-min, but they were never going to mount a serious comeback against a Brazilian team that was in complete control of the match.

In the end, Brazil were deserved winners and they will now go on to face either Mexico or Belgium in the quarter-finals.

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