Brazilian media said, “Losing the match against Korea? “More humiliating than Germany 1-7.”
South Korea’s World Cup national team, led by head coach Paulo Bento, will play Brazil in the round of 16 at the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup at 974 Stadium in Doha, Qatar, at 4 a.m. on the 6th (Korea Standard Time). South Korea advanced to the knockout stage as second place in Group H and Brazil as first place in Group G.
Korea made a miracle in the group stage. The prospects were gloomy as they lost 2-0 to Uruguay and 2-3 to Ghana. The reality is that it was even more gloomy because the final match was against Portugal. However, by winning 2–1 against Portugal, they finished second in the group and advanced to the round of 16.
The process was dynamic. South Korea lost a point five minutes into the first half and was dragged to 0-1. However, he did not give up and balanced with Kim Young-kwon’s score in the 27th minute of the first half. South Korea needed one more goal because it had to earn three points unconditionally. And Hwang Hee-chan’s dramatic come-from-behind goal in the extra time of the second half reversed Group H’s ranking at once. Just in time, Uruguay caught Ghana 2-0 at the opposite stadium, completing the scenario they wanted.
Now it’s the tournament I’ve dreamed of. The opponent is Brazil, the “No. 1 FIFA ranking.” Of course, it is true that it lags behind in objective power. But the World Cup is an extraordinary land. In this tournament alone, numerous giant kills occurred.
Brazilian media were optimistic about advancing to the quarterfinals. Brazil’s ‘UOL’ said on the 5th, “Losing to Korea is more humiliating than losing 1-7 against Germany. If they lose, the team will be targeted for a long time,” he said. The 1-7 defeat against Germany occurred in the semifinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and Brazil shed bitter tears as it suffered a humiliating defeat by Germany.
“We have an obligation to win the match against Korea. There is a very good player named Son Heung-min in Korea, and it is useless to narrow the soccer gap as he develops. “Brazilian soccer cannot lose to Korean soccer,” he added.
I was already looking to the semifinals. The media said, “If the quarterfinal opponent is Japan, we will meet Argentina or the Netherlands in the semifinals. This is not about being confident or underestimating competitors. Brazil is Brazil,” he said, expressing confidence.