On Monday, December 5, in Doha, at the 974 Stadium, the 1/8 final match of the 2022 World Cup will take place, in which the national teams of Brazil and South Korea will play. The starting whistle will sound at 21:00 Kyiv time.
The Brazilian national team is a five-time world champion, which is a record. However, after 2002, the Canarinha not only failed to take the title, or at least play in the Mundial final. The Brazilians have made it past the quarter-finals only once since then. Yes, they made it so far that it became a national shame – the legendary 1: 7 from Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 home world championship.
In Qatar, Tite’s team, after two starting rounds, secured access to the 1/8 finals ahead of schedule, beating Serbia (2:0) and Switzerland (1:0) in turn. For the third match against Senegal (0:1), the coaching staff of the Brazilians put up a reserve squad, giving the team leaders a break. The defeat did not prevent the Brazilians from finishing on the first line in the quartet and reaching the desired opponent. By the way, Neymar, who was injured in the first round, can already play against South Korea, but has already managed to recover.
The South Korean national team has been represented in the finals of the World Championships for the tenth time in a row. The main achievement for the Koreans at the Mundials is the quarterfinals of the home forum in 2002, which they held together with Japan. Basically, South Korea finishes the fight after the group stage, so reaching the 1/8 finals in Qatar is already an excellent achievement.
Son Heung Min and company managed to reach the playoffs thanks to a sensational victory over Portugal (2:1) in the final round of the group stage. In the first round, the Koreans tied with Uruguay (0:0), and in the second they lost to Ghana (2:3). Bookmakers give minimal chances for the South Korean team to pass to the next round. But in Qatar there have already been a lot of sensations, so you should not expect an easy walk for the Brazilians.
Brazil: Alisson – Militao, Telles, Silva, Marquinhos, Casemiro, Package, Fred, Vinicius, Rafinha, Richarlison.
South Korea: Kim – Kim, Kim, Kim, Kwon, Chon, Lee, Hwang, Son, Cho, Lee.
December 5, Monday