South Korea vs. Brazil Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
South Korea 0, Brazil 2
Goals from Neymar and Oscar on either side of half-time ensured Brazil claimed a comfortable win over South Korea at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
The Barcelona star, Neymar, took revenge for a number of illegal challenges on him throughout the game with a sublime free-kick from outside the area in the 44th minute.
Then four minutes after the interval, Chelsea midfielder Oscar latched onto a beautiful pass from Paulinho before rounding South Korea goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong.
In truth, however, Brazil were rarely troubled against Hong Myung-Bo's team, which clearly has some work to do before it can consider making any kind of impact on the World Cup finals next year.
For Brazil, the match was effectively a practice match, and while David Luiz shone at the back, Luis Felipe Scolari's team was never troubled.
South Korea had looked impressive in the first period, defending well and pressing on the counter-attack.
And David Luiz was required on two separate occasions to deny the hosts an opening goal.
But Neymar was the difference between the two teams in the opening 45 minutes, and his 44th-minute strike was a tremendous one.
After being brought down by a number of dubious challenges, the Barcelona star won a free-kick 22 yards from goal and sent it over the wall and beyond South Korea goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong, who should have done better with the effort.
It was a well-deserved reward for a resilient first-half display by Neymar, who was the standout player in an uninspiring Brazil display in the first half.
Four minutes after the break, Brazil secured their victory.
Tottenham midfielder Paulinho produced a wonderful defence-splitting ball for Oscar.
The Chelsea star collected the pass brilliantly before rounding the South Korean goalkeeper and firing into the net.
It was the only moment of genuine note in a second half, which could not match the intrigue of the opening 45 minutes with Brazil so commanding over the host nation.
Neymar proved to be the difference between the two teams in the first period, and South Korea clearly recognised that.
He was the subject of some poor challenges but eventually punished the hosts with a sublime free-kick late in the first half.
His second-half display was more subdued, but he still produced a significant threat to the South Koreans, who continued to thwart him with a number of dubious tackles.
The Chelsea midfielder had a quiet first period of the game, looking a little out of sorts, but he came alive after the interval when he took his goal with casual yet sublime skill.
The Brazilian continued to look for chances and opportunities during the second period before he was substituted late on in the game.
Ki Sung-Yueng: B
The Sunderland midfielder looked lively in the opening exchanges of the game, providing an unlimited amount of running and creativity for South Korea.
But his energy levels appeared to drop later in the game, and the on-loan Swansea City man drifted out of the game in the opening half.
Man of the match
David Luiz: A+
The Chelsea defender was named captain for the friendly in Seoul and single-handedly denied South Korea with one impressive headed clearance.
Luiz then blocked another strike on goal with his legs, but a woeful long-range effort proved his attacking instinct may still need honing.
Luiz was again required in the second period on occasion, but he was rarely troubled in an impressive display by the Brazilian defence, which looked solid throughout the game.
Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was happy with his side's display in the 2-0 victory, as Lee Hong-Yun of Goal.com reported.
The result was better than expected.
We had difficulties but overcame them really well. South Korea have quality. They were very impressive in the last 20 minutes.
They were also very good early in the game. I think they were defensive.
Maybe Brazil just wanted to play football and South Korea tried a little too hard to impress. They conceded twice many fouls as us.
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