Round of 16: Brazil vs South Korea
Was Brazil’s first-half performance against South Korea the best from any team in the 2022 World Cup so far? Portugal ran them close 24 hours later but I think Tite’s side might just have the edge. The flamboyant Brazilian teams of the 1970 and 1982, amongst others, sometimes make us forget the more functional vintages we have also seen over the years but this display was one which lived up to their stereotype. Fast-paced, seat-of-your-pants attacking, which South Korea, who bravely tried to go toe-to-toe, had no answer to.
Goals from Vinicius, Neymar (penalty), Richarlison and Paquetà had Brazil four goals ahead at half-time, but that could’ve been seven or goals. They were that good. And they were able to take their foot completely off the gas in the second half, which means they should be nice and fresh to take on Croatia.