Last updated on December 17th, 2022 at 02:01 pm
Brazil is the best soccer player in the world. The national football team (No. 29 in FIFA ranking) led by coach Paulo Bento lost 1-5 in the evaluation match against Brazil (No. 1 in FIFA ranking) at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 2nd.
Korea conceded the opening goal in the 7th minute of the first half, but Hwang Ui-jo (Bordeaux) equalized in the 30th minute to make it 1-1. However, two penalty kicks were conceded just before the end of the first half and at the beginning of the second half, and Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) both succeeded. They conceded two more goals at the end of the second half. However, the 64,872 spectators who visited the stadium cheered the world’s best players and enjoyed the game.
Korea’s offensive line consisted of Heung-Min Son (Tottenham), Ui-Jo Hwang (Bordeaux) and Hee-Chan Hwang (Wolverhampton). Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk) and Hwang In-beom (Seoul) settled in the midfield, and Jung Woo-young (Al Sadd) came out as a defensive midfielder. Lee Yong (Jeonbuk), Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan), Kwon Gyeong-won (Gamba Osaka), and Hong Chul (Daegu) built the defensive line. The goalkeeper’s gloves were Kim Seung-gyu (Kashiwa Raysol).
In Brazil, Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), who complained of pain in his right foot after escaping from training on the 1st, started and worked with Richalison (Everton) and Hapinha (Leeds United) in the offensive line. Casemiro (Real Madrid), Lucas Paquetta (Olympique Lyonne) and Fred (Manchester United) formed the midfield. The defense included Dani Auves (FC Barcelona), Chiago Silva (Chelsea), Marchinhos (Paris Saint-Germain) and Alex Sandro (Juventus). The goal was kept by Weberton (Palmeiras).
From the beginning of the match, Brazil pushed Korea back with strong pressure from the front. Korea easily gave up the ball to Brazil and faced a crisis. Brazil’s Japinha scored a free kick from the left side of the Korean half in the second minute of the first half, and Silva cut the net with his head.
However, the goal was canceled after an offside decision was made. Two minutes later, Paqueta’s left-footed shot from near the penalty arc headed straight in front of goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu. Brazil, who continued to knock on the Korean goal, scored their first goal in the 7th minute of the first half. After Sandro broke through the left side of the Korean half, the ball was released into the center, and Fred’s right-footed shot hit Richalisson’s right foot and went into the goal.
South Korea’s Son Heung-min hit his left footed shot for the first time from inside the penalty box in the 12th minute of the first half, but it was blocked by a defensive wall. In-beom Hwang attempted another shot, but was blocked by goalkeeper Weberton. However, South Korea struggled with Brazil’s pressure afterward and failed to create an opportunity.
It was Hwang Ui-jo’s equalizer that changed the frustrating game flow. Hwang Ui-jo succeeded in turning his back on the opposing defense from the right side of the penalty box in the 30th minute and receiving a pass from Son Heung-min, then overcame the fight and turned around. He then kicked it into the left corner of the goal with his right foot. It was Hwang’s first goal in match A (national match) in a year after scoring two goals in the second home match of the Qatar World Cup Asian qualifying match against Turkmanistan in June last year.
Korea regained confidence after the equalizer. With a short pass, he developed an attack while escaping the pressure of Brazil. However, in the 41st minute of the first half, Lee Yong committed a foul while defending Sandro from inside the box, and Brazil was awarded a penalty kick. Brazil took a 2-1 lead as the kicker Neymar scored with his right foot.
In the second half, Brazil’s offensive was strong. Korea Republic conceded a penalty kick in the 12th minute of the second half when Yongi Lee once again fouled Sandro from the penalty box. This time, Neymar came as the kicker and cut the net with his right foot.
Coach Bento immediately removed Baek Seung-ho and Lee Yong-yong, and added Kim Moon-hwan (Jeonbuk) and Jung Woo-young (Freiburg) to turn the game around. Brazil national team coach Chichi replaced Casemiro and Richalison in the 26th minute with Fabinho (Liverpool) and Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid), who played in the UEFA Champions League final on the 29th.
At the same time, coach Bento removed Hwang Ui-jo and added Na Sang-ho (Seoul), raising Son Heung-min, who was playing on the flank, as the front-line striker. However, Korea were led 1-4 by conceding an additional goal to Philippi Cochinho (Aston Villa) in the 35th minute of the second half. In the 37th minute, Son Heung-min attempted a left-footed kick shot near the right corner of the penalty box, but was blocked by the opposing goalkeeper’s save. Korea Republic finished the game 1-5 in extra time in the second half as Gabrieu Jejus (Manchester City) allowed a key goal.