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South Korea could pull off yet another 2022 World Cup shock as they take on five-time winners Brazil in Monday night’s last-16 game at Stadium 974.

The Selecao finished top of Group G on goal difference, while Paulo Bento’s side beat Portugal on the final day in Group H to qualify in second place.

Tite’s side come into this game with nine wins in their last 10 games – the one loss coming in their final group game with Cameroon. But despite that result, they are still regarded as one of the favourites to win the tournament.

The Selecao have now qualified for the knockout stage of the World Cup for the ninth time in a row, and it has been 32 years since Brazil were last knocked out in the round of 16, suffering a 1-0 defeat to Argentina.

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An all-Asian quarter-final is a possibility after South Korea recovered from Ricardo Horta’s goal to stun the 2016 European champions and reach the knockout stages.

The Tigers of Asia have only ever managed to progress beyond the last 16 at the World Cup once, reaching the semi-finals in 2002, and they played Brazil in June, but that friendly match ended in a comprehensive 5-1 defeat.

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May 2024