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Neymar closes on Pele’s big record as Brazil hammer South Korea 5-1 | Football News

A pair of Neymar penalties helped Brazil begin its World Cup preparations with a complete 5-1 win over South Korea in a global pleasant on Thursday.

English Premier League stars Richarlison, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus had been additionally on the scoresheet.

It was a chastening night for the South Koreans with five-time world champion Brazil too sturdy in all areas of the sector.

“Brazil was strong as a team and also as individuals,” stated South Korea captain Son Heung-min. “It may have been a disappointing evening for the fans and the players but it was a good opportunity for us to learn ahead of the World Cup.”

Richarlison silenced the 66,000 followers who stuffed Seoul World Cup Stadium to capability after simply seven minutes with an opportunistic strike. The Everton ahead diverted a low shot from Fred excessive into the South Korean web from shut vary.

South Korea will make a tenth successive World Cup look at Qatar later this year in a gaggle with Uruguay, Portugal and Ghana.

It struggled to get joint EPL golden boot winner Son into the sport however was again on stage phrases on the half-hour with a well-worked objective. Wolverhampton attacker Hwang Hee-chan discovered Hwang Ui-jo within the space and the Bordeaux striker turned Thiago Silva to fireside a shot previous the diving Weverton.

Brazil was again forward three minutes earlier than the break after a penalty was given following a foul on Alex Sandro. Neymar despatched Kim Seung-gyu the unsuitable strategy to roll the ball into the web. The sample was repeated simply earlier than the hour. The vigorous Juventus wing again was once more introduced down within the space and Neymar as soon as extra waited for the goalkeeper to commit himself earlier than calmly stroking the ball dwelling for his 73rd objective for Brazil. That’s simply 4 fewer than Pele, Brazil’s all-time main goalscorer.

Neymar was delighted with the applause from South Korean followers when he left the sector after 78 minutes.

“It was phenomenal,” Neymar said. “I didn’t expect this reception.”

Coutinho, a substitute for Neymar, added a fourth by smashing a unfastened ball into the highest nook with 10 minutes remaining. In the ultimate seconds, one other substitute, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, accomplished an ideal night for the South Americans after working via the backline.

“We made too many defensive mistakes against a strong team and we need to improve,” South Korea coach Paulo Bento stated. “The penalties could have been avoided but, while we made mistakes, the players kept going until the end and created opportunities and that is something to take forward.”

Brazil, which can take on Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon on the World Cup, continues its preparations by dealing with Japan in Tokyo on Monday when South Korea hosts Chile.

Japan beat Paraguay 4-1 in a pleasant in Tokyo on Thursday. Kaoru Mitoma, Takuma Asano, Daichi Kamada and Ao Tanaka scored for Japan, whose group in Qatar contains Spain and Germany. Paraguay didn’t qualify for the World Cup.

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