Brazil’s ability to defeat opponents has no secret. With talented one-name players like Neymar, Richarlison, and Raphinha, the Selecao attacks its adversary from various directions.
But how will they defend themselves? Are they available on that side of the field? When the two nations square off in the round of 16 of the 2017 FIFA World Cup on Monday night in Qatar, South Korea will get the answer. Stadium 974 in Doha, will begin at 10 p.m.
Both nations have experienced some injury problems, but Brazil’s defense force is especially weakened. Because of a knee ailment, left-back Alex Telles and fellow left-back Alex Sandro will not be participating in the competition.
Brazil employed Danilo, Eder Militao, and Dani Alves as its three right-backs throughout the group stage. In the opening group game, Danilo injured his ankle, and he was out for the remainder of the opening round.
58% of all third offensive incursions during the group stage, or 30% on the left and 28% on the right, occurred on the wings, per FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG). In open play, crosses from the left side assisted in 2 of South Korea’s four goals as during the group stage.
Cho Gue-sung was hit in the head by crosses from Lee Kang-in and Kim Jin-cross su during Ghana’s 3-2 defeat.
The left-footed genius midfielder Lee, who came in for the initial two games, gave the team a boost. Despite the reality that he was a little reserved during his first start with Portugal, Lee still possesses a great aptitude for recognizing a crossing path while it does not appear to exist.
All three of Kim’s games during his debut World Cup have seen him start, and he has played well and as always.
The 30-year-old has already been South Korea’s top left-back for more than 10 years, however, he has missed the previous two World Cups owing to injuries he incurred in the lead-up to the big tournaments.
Kim had some hamstring problems this autumn, but so far has been able to play with some residual discomfort. In addition to having to hold his footing on the opposite end, his offensive instincts against Brazil will be essential.
During the pregame news conference on Sunday, Kim stated that the thought of competing against Brazil’s elite offensive talent did not faze him.
Kim stated, “We also have some outstanding players on our team.” During practice, I’ve been competing against those males. Therefore, I don’t feel as pressured to face Brazil.”