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Carnival dancing, world-class targets, social gathering methods in abundance and hundreds in yellow having fun with themselves – this was Brazil at their magical greatest.
We are used to seeing them within the knockout phases of World Cups however this was a deal with – certainly one of this event’s most spectacular performances that left these watching at Stadium 974 in Qatar dancing out of the bottom.
It was avenue soccer from Rio de Janeiro introduced straight to the Middle East – a legendary quantity 10 taking part in methods, a juggling Richarlison scoring worldies – once more – and a continuing carnival sound coming from the hundreds of supporters clad in yellow.
“Devastating. Brazil are saying to the rest of the teams in the tournament ‘we’re here’,” former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton advised BBC Radio 5 Live.
‘Absolutely Seoul destroying’
The Selecao are positively right here.
Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior and returning famous person Neymar each had their moments within the highlight, whereas Richarlison stored up his quest to attain the objective, or targets, of the event.
There had been legends throughout earlier than kick-off as Ronaldinho’s title was plastered throughout the backs of shirts and tributes to the good Pele, presently in hospital, had been displayed within the stands.
And the return of Brazil’s present star had followers chanting “Neymar, Neymar, Neymar” as he approached the penalty spot, able to double their lead.
An eruption of noise, a dancing demonstration by supervisor Tite and a hug for injured defender Alex Telles by Neymar adopted. Brazil had been 2-0 up and there was extra to come back.
By half-time, as Tite’s aspect led 4-0, social media had been despatched into meltdown, Brazilians had been partying on the sand at Copacabana seaside and the gamers had been shaking their hips as they danced down the tunnel.
The solely individuals seemingly not having fun with it had been the South Koreans.
“Let’s be honest, this is absolutely Seoul destroying,” tweeted BBC Sport reader Olly.
And the winner is…
The dazzling ft of Richarlison had been additionally on show.
The Tottenham striker was already in a league of his personal when it got here to the objective of the event after he had netted a shocking volley within the win over Serbia.
But there isn’t a social gathering with no Richarlison worldie at this World Cup.
So he juggled the ball on his head 3 times, flicked it on to a team-mate, ran on to a one-two within the field and coolly slotted residence.
Haven’t we seen that showboating earlier than in Nottingham?
But that was the objective of the event formally within the bag.
But cling on… South Korea’s Paik Seung-ho wasn’t going to let Brazil have all the enjoyable when he smashed in 30-yard screamer.
A comfort for South Korea – however at the least that they had their second on an evening that will probably be remembered for soccer magic in Doha.
South Korea needed extra moments too, however Brazil goalkeeper Alisson pulled off a number of good saves and was then substituted within the eightieth minute to a standing ovation.
‘It’s like watching Strictly’
When the full-time whistle went, Brazil’s gamers headed straight to their supporters behind the objective.
More dancing, extra tambourine shaking and Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes had even climbed on a team-mate’s shoulders.
But Brazil could not please everybody. Speaking on ITV, former Republic of Ireland midfielder Roy Keane mentioned: “I’ve never seen so much dancing. I can’t believe what I’m watching, it’s like watching Strictly [Come Dancing].
“I do not like this. People say it is their tradition. But I feel that is actually disrespecting the opposition. I do not thoughts the primary time and that jig, however then the supervisor was getting concerned. I’m not pleased with it.”
No seaside social gathering for Keane then…
‘Beautifully terrifying Brazil’ – the way you reacted on social media
Callum: This is very enjoyable! I thought Brazil should have started Martinelli today but Vinicius Jr has shown us why he is one of the best young talents around. Every player has put on a great performance so far.
Dharma: Brazil looks like the team to beat. Scary.
Totum: Brazil look superbly terrifying.
Tirzah: France vs Brazil last then?
MJ: After that first half, you can imagine Croatia are now booking flights home for straight after the game Friday night! Brazil are showing their masterclass against South Korea.
Alf Wilson: For all the people purring over Brazil, that late South Korea consolation goal has done me out of my first ever century in World Cup fantasy football. Thanks lads!
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