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2022 FIFA World Cup: South Korea vs Brazil Round of 16 Build-up

South Korea take on Brazil on Monday 5th December in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar Round of 16. Follow the latest updates here on K League United. Last update 6th December 03:07 KST.
Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images

Monday 5th December

Team News

Son Heung-min versus Neymar confirmed! Kim Min-jae returns alongside Kim Young-gwon who is set to make his 100th cap. It looks like a 4-2-3-1 for South Korea.

Brazil Lineup

Neymar in training with Brazil squad 

Neymar is back in training ahead of the clash with South Korea. Brazil's team doctor was quoted as saying that "It's possible that Neymar and Sandro will recover in time for the round of 16. They aren't yet using the balls, if they are able to play with the ball then that will determine whether or not they'll play." via Sports G

Bento on his strategy for Brazil and the fitness of Hwang Hee-chan & Kim Min-jae

"For tomorrow's game, it's all very theoretical. We have prepared based on what we know about Brazil. What we know is also based on our own match with Brazil (in June), and we watched a lot more videos to refine our strategy. It's a long process. Through this, the players know what to do.

"Unfortunately, we haven't had a lot of time to prepare - no more than 72 hours. That's a really short amount of time. No team can prepare properly with this amount of time. There's fatigue from the previous game and there'll be emotional exhaustion from the Portugal game. We gave the players a day off and then we had them in training today (Sunday). Of course, there's pressure now for the next game and added pressure because it's Brazil.

"Brazil made a lot of changes for the game against Cameroon. That was something we weren't able to do. I have never had to play another game in the space of 72 hours. It's too short. It's not fair to have to play a game after just 72 hours. But, it's FIFA's decision, we have to understand and accept that. Instead, we have to create optimal conditions to deal with a great team like Brazil. They're a team that could go all the way and win it. Nevertheless, we will not give up.

As for the second question which I think was about the lineup. We haven't made a decision yet. We will decide after careful consideration." via Sports G

Kim Jin-su: "I don't feel pressure playing against Brazil"

I don't feel pressure personally by continuing to play against good players. Now, our national team has world-class players and there are many good players. Every time I train, I play with good players and adapt, so there is not much pressure.

Now we leave Education City Stadium and go to Stadium 974. Is it okay for us not to have a look at it first? I think the coach decided not to go to the stadium and to focus on recovery. It might have been nice to go to the stadium. But I think the stadium is in good condition. I think our preparation is more important than the condition of the stadium.

Kim Jin-su on the mood in the South Korea camp

"I'll talk about myself first. I have waited eight years to play at a World Cup. I just want to say that every minute, every 10 minutes, every 45 are precious. The mood among the players is good. We made it to the round of 16, something Korea hasn't done in 12 years. We played our football in the three group matches and got good results.

"The players can all feel it. The Round of 16 match, of course, it's going to be a difficult game but the players will show what they've got out on the pitch and do their best. Our aim is to beat Brazil." via Sports G

Brazil's Tiago: Korea aren't a one-man team, they have Hwang In-beom and Lee Kang-in too

"The players see this as a difficult game. The World Cup is a competition where wonderful players come out to play. Korea has players in the middle who can pass and create turnover situations. In the Portugal game, Son Heung-min's pass for the second goal was very accurate. We have to be prepared for that, I think. Son Heung-min, Hwang In-beom, Lee Kang-in and others are technicians and very good players. We know how strong Korea is. They have players with lots of experience and technical skills. I have faced Korea before. I know how good the team is, so I'm training every day to get ready." via Sports G

Sunday 4th December

South Korean players react to Portugal win

Hwang Hee-chan: “The moment the ball went in, I was happy, tired, proud and grateful. All sorts of feelings combined. I saw other players coming onto the pitch as well as fans screaming in celebration. It really touched me and gave me so much energy. I am so proud to be Korean. I missed the first two matches due to an injury and it was heartbreaking to see other players running although some guys were not in the best condition either. So I wanted to be in the game and help them even if that meant more pain from my injury. I’m very happy. I knew I would be on the pitch in the second half. I wanted to make a difference for the team. I’m very happy with the result. I’m so excited that I scored a meaningful World Cup goal.”

Read all 10 quotes from South Korean players via FIFA Plus

South Korea took day off, Brazil in training on Saturday

With the Round of 16 clash between South Korea and Brazil just around the corner, the Taeguk Warriors took Saturday off to recover from the Portugal win the night before. It was only the team's second day off after arriving in Doha on November 14th. Brazil, on the other hand, were back in training. Yonhap News reports that Brazil's training session was held behind closed doors to the media.

Brazil's injury worries worsen

Brazil could be forced to play a 39-year-old at left back or look to play someone out of position due to injuries in that area of the pitch. Dani Alves, normally a right back, could have to switch over to the left to cover for Alex Sandro or Alex Telles. In the case of Alex Telles, the Sevilla man will play no further part in this World Cup, according to reports. Gabriel Jesus is also out. Both picked up injuries in the 1-0 loss to Cameroon on Friday. Danilo, however, is expected to return, as too Neymar.

Another option at full back is for Marquinhos to go left back and Dani Alves at right back, according to ESPN.

Man in the Middle - Clement Turpin

French referee Clement Turpin will officiate South Korea versus Brazil on Monday night with Nicolas Danos and Cyril Gringore as his assistants and Slavko Vincic of Slovakia as the fourth official. Turpun took charge of Korea's group stage opener against Uruguay, during which he brandished two yellow cards - Uruguay right back Martín Cáceres and Korea's Cho Gue-sung.

Turpin has officiated two matches so far in Qatar, the other being Senegal's 2-1 win over Ecuador during which he produced just one yellow and awarded one penalty.

President Yoon Suk-yeol congratulates South Korean national team boss

According to Yonhap News, South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol congratulated the national team and its manager, Paulo Bento, over the phone following the win over Portugal on Friday. President Yoon said: "It was very moving to see our team trying their utmost until the end. Having seen what the players have said in interviews, I understand that they have a lot of respect for coach Paulo Bento."

Deputy presidential spokesperson Lee Jae-myoung, Bento appreciated the call and said that he will do his best to bring more "happiness and joy" to South Korean citizens.

Portuguese president congratulates Bento

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of Portugal praised Paulo Bento for the win saying: "I think Paulo Bento is responsible, a very competent coach," adding: "I really like Paulo Bento, but I would have preferred to win. But I have to admit that he led the South Korean team well.”

The Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa via Twitter also offered his congratulations to South Korea boss Paulo Bento for a "great achievement" 

No further punishment for Bento

The Korea Football Association confirmed on Saturday that there will be no further punishments for Paulo Bento following his red card after the Ghana defeat. Bento served a touchline ban against Portugal but will return for the Round of 16 clash with Brazil. via Korea Economy TV


Napoli keeping tabs on Kim Min-jae's fitness

Kim Min-jae was forced to sit out the 2-1 win over Portugal due to a calf problem with manager Paulo Bento allowing the Napoli star to recover and, should Korea qualify, have him ready for the Round of 16. The website 'Area Napoli' reports that Kim's club side are in constant contact with South Korea's medical team regarding their centre back's fitness:

"Napoli is constantly in contact with both the player and the Korean national team staff to follow all the developments of his situation. There's no anxiety but maximum attention is being paid to his condition. Napoli will continue to monitor the situation remotely, as Kim is one Spalletti's best players."

Korea vs Uruguay was the loudest match of World Cup group stage

It may have been a goalless draw but South Korea's group opener against Uruguay had the loudest crowd of the World Cup group stage. Noise levels reached 131 decibels, according to Newsis. FIFA measured the noise in the stands at all 40 group matches. Korea vs Ghana ranked fourth at 122 decibels.

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