Brazil isn’t messing around.
In the first 30 minutes of Monday’s round of 16 game against South Korea, the five-time World Cup champions asserted their dominance by taking a commanding 3-0 lead.
First it was Vinicius Junior finding the back of the net in the seventh minute. A cross found its way to Vini Jr. with no defenders around, and he was able to convert.
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Just a few moments later in the 13th minute, Brazil was awarded a penalty kick when Richarlison was fouled in the box.
Neymar, in his first game back after injuring his ankle in the opener, stepped up and gave Brazil a 2-0 lead. He took a massive stutter step, leaving South Korean goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu with little chance to stop the shot into the right corner.
Neymar now has 76 career goals for Brazil — one shy of Pelé for the most ever in the storied country’s history.
Brazil’s third goal was its most visually appealing. The squad put on a beautiful passing display, with Richarlison finishing things off for yet another score.
Brazil was heavily favored entering the match, and experts appear to have been correct in that judgment.