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How They Got Here
South Korea has had quite the unusual route to the quarterfinals, outscoring just one opponent along the way.
In their first match, the Koreans played to a dull 0-0 draw with Mexico.
Against Switzerland, a seven-minute flurry of goals saw the Asians take the match 2-1.
In its final match of Group B, Korea drew 0-0 with Gabon to book its place in the quarters.
There, it took a quick lead over Team Great Britain before conceding two penalties in two minutes.
After Aaron Ramsey dispatched the first, the team consisting of England and Wales suddenly became all too English, missing the second spot kick and going down in a penalty shootout.
Brazil's run in Group C was fairly impressive, as it ran past all three of its opponents to full points.
However, its victories over both Egypt and Belarus were not without their nail-biting moments: a 3-0 lead against Egypt was cut to 3-2 with over 10 minutes to play while Belarus was able to take an early lead.
The Brazilians' biggest test thus far, though, came in their quarterfinal match with Honduras.
Brazil found itself trailing on two separate occasions before the power of an extra man helped them to a 3-2 victory.
Players to Watch
For South Korea, goals have come at a premium in this Olympic tournament.
Against Brazil, this could be a huge problem. After all, the South Americans have scored three goals in every match of the tournament.
Hence, South Korea will need a wonder strike like the one it got from Dong-won Ji today.
Since he proved himself able to deliver, let's watch him.
For Brazil, the player to watch is Neymar.
That's about all I have to say about that.
Potentially Important Statistics
Brazil became just the sixth team since 1968 to score 12 or more goals in getting to the semifinals. Surprisingly, only two of the other five won their semifinal match, with just one of those (2004 Argentina) winning the gold medal.
Further, Brazil became the eighth team to reach the semifinals while giving up five or more goals. Of the other seven, only two won their semifinal matches, of which just one (Cameroon in 2000) won the gold medal.
On the other hand, South Korea became just the second team since 1968 to reach the semifinals with a goal differential of plus-1 or less. The other, Italy in 2004, lost its semifinal 3-0.
As many warning signs as there were for Brazil in its match against Honduras, I still have to go with them.
There's just too much talent on this Brazilian team.
On the other hand, the South Koreans have not yet played well enough for me to think they can pull off the upset.
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