– I can’t believe what I’m seeing. I’ve never seen so many dances. It’s like watching ‘Shall We Dance’, said Manchester United legend Roy Keane in the ITV studio during half-time in the match between Brazil and South Korea.
Brazil played disastrously with the opponents in the first half and led 4-0 at the break. The four goals were celebrated in the Brazilian way, with dancing and samba rhythms.
Due to the long celebration, five minutes were also added to the first half.
– I think it’s rude to dance every time they score. I don’t care about first thing after first goal, but not all the time. It is not polite. Even their coach joined in. “I didn’t like it,” said Keane, referring to Tite dancing with Richarlison after the 3-0 goal.
Former coach of the Norwegian national team, Åge Hareide, is far from agreeing with Keane.
– I don’t think it’s impolite. It shows Brazilian joy. I don’t think Roy Keane can dance at all. At least he doesn’t care about that, as I’ve seen, says Hareide.
– I’m afraid they show excitement. This is not to hover over the South Koreans. I don’t think it’s in the Brazilian psyche, simply put, he said.
– That’s the most important thing football can offer. Because it denotes unity and joy. They show about football. Unity and joy, said the Hareide during the intermission.
Brazil national team coach Tite told a news conference after the match that dancing was “part of the language” of the playing group.
– I have to be very careful. There are bad people, who will say it’s rude. That’s why I said we can do it on the side. But I know there’s always a camera there. I want it not to be misunderstood. It was a joy. Joy for the goalscorer. For the team, for performance and for results. It’s not that we don’t respect the opponent. That’s not the case. We just can’t hide it. We tried, but we couldn’t, he said according to the English translator.
In the NRK studio during break there was a discussion between Tete Lidbom and Åge Hareide whether there should be a yellow card for the long dance:
Neymar came back with a goal
Brazil is a World Cup winning nation with five titles, but 20 years have passed since they last won it. Then South Korea and Japan hosted the championship, and on Monday South Korea stood in the opposite half in the last 16.
For Brazil, Neymar is back again, having missed the last two group stage games with an ankle injury.
It will soon turn into a parade march.
Check out the highlights from the match here:
Vinícius Júnior scored the game’s first goal after just six minutes, and six minutes later Neymar added the advantage from the penalty spot.
Penalty kicks were, to put it mildly, icy. While goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu was dancing on the line, Neymar calmly moved forward and rolled the ball into the corner and the goalkeeper was on his ass.
– The goalkeeper tries to send Neymar off, and then it’s Neymar who sends the goalkeeper off with one of the most superior penalties I’ve ever seen. The ball barely crossed the line, says NRK football commentator Christian Nilssen.
– I just have to laugh. He gave the butt drill a whole new dimension, continued Nilssen.
– This is the king of Brazil. This is almost unbelievable confidence to have, says expert commentator Carl-Erik Torp.
With this score, Neymar has now scored 76 goals for the national team and is only one goal behind Pelé who is the top scorer for the Brazilian men’s national team.
Pelé was hospitalized last week but sent a message of support to the Brazil team ahead of Monday’s game.
– I’ll be watching the game from the hospital, and I’ll be cheering for you all, the legend wrote on social media.
After the match, the Brazilian players took to the field with banners honoring Pelé:
– Reminiscent of great vintages
Brazil had shown their dance rhythm in celebration of the first two goals and it really rocked the game when Richarlison made it 3-0.
The striker played a trick with the ball at his head, passed to Marquinhos, who then crossed for Thiago Silva. He sent Richarlison alone with the keeper, and the striker finished safely in goal.
– It goes really fast. No one in the world can follow him. You can put whatever you want in front of it. There is no point. It’s going fast. That’s too precise. That’s too good, said Nilssen.
– Most of the goals I think I’ve seen before, but this goal I had never seen before. Nothing ever comes close. He stood up and fooled his head outside the 16-metre area, said Torp, before he started laughing.
– Brazilian vintage from 2022 is reminiscent of a great vintage. 58, 62, 82, says Nilssen.
Lucas Paquetá continued Brazil’s feast with a fine volley just before half-time.
In the second half, South Korea pulled one back after a neat long-range shot from Paik, but Brazil easily advanced to the quarter-finals.
In the quarter-finals, they meet Croatia, who on Monday beat Japan after penalties. The quarter-finals will be played on Friday at 16:00.
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