South Korea is preparing to lock horns against Brazil in the Last 16 clash on Monday at Stadium 974, with hovering prospects of repeating a similar potential performance that they pulled off against Five Times Champions Argentina in the last group stage match and qualified for the Quarter Finals.
Notably, the Selecao hasn’t had much of a chance to finish the group stage campaign on top. Despite winning their first two games, they lost 1-0 to Cameroon in the last match, finishing their group-stage campaign in second place with 6 points.
In contrast, Paulo Bento’s men make it through the knockouts despite winning a single match against Portugal out of three. Their qualification hurt the Uruguay side more than anyone else, which had similar points but failed to qualify due to virtue of goals scored.
Despite losing the streak of winning nine matches after being defeated by Cameroon in the last group-stage match, Brazil is still regarded as a hot favorite for the tournament. During the group stage campaign, they defeated Serbia in the opening match 2-0 and then Switzerland by 1-0 before felling before the African Team.
Meanwhile, the Tigers of Asia have managed to enter the Last 16 for the second time during their FIFA appearances, as the first time they pulled off the miracle was in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. This time they created history, defeating Argentina in the group stage match by 2-1.
Brazil possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Militao, Marquinhos, Silva, Danilo; Paqueta, Casemiro, Neymar; Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Jr
South Korea possible starting lineup:
Seung-gyu; Moon-hwan, Kyung-won, Young-gwon, Jin-su; In-beom, Woo-young; Hee-chan, Kang-in, Heung-min; Gue-sung