Brazil cruise to 2-0 win over South Korea

Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:55pm EDT
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SEOUL (Reuters) - Neymar and Oscar scored in each half as Brazil cruised to a 2-0 win over South Korea in Seoul on Saturday in a friendly dominated by the 2014 World Cup hosts.

Brazil fielded a strong side against the 2002 World Cup semi-finalists, with Neymar, Jo and Hulk pulling the Korean defense all across the field while Dante and David Luiz dealt comfortably with the few times Korea broke into the final third.

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari praised his team for dealing with a physical Korean side and overcoming jet-lag from their 30-hour trip to Seoul.

"The Brazil team did better than I expected ... despite the difficulties we were faced with," he said in a news conference.

"In the first half, I felt South Korea was being excessively aggressive, making too many fouls. I felt the Korean players were more focused on marking our players, so it looks like they got tired early.

"Judging from the number of fouls made by the South Korean team, I think South Korea was playing a more aggressive game."

Scolari said he thought Korea would tire in the latter stages but they kept up the pace until the 90th minute.

"Our players ... were so surprised at South Korea's performance for the remaining 20 minutes. It looked like they got back on track," he added.

Striker Hulk had the first clear chance in the 14th minute, slipped through on goal from Jo's one touch pass, but Korean goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong rushed out to smother the danger.   Continued...

Brazil's Neymar (10) fights for the ball with South Korea's players during their friendly soccer match at the Seoul World Cup stadium October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji