South Korea - Brazil Preview: Selecao become only the sixth side since 1968 to score 12 goals before the semi-final stage
Mano Menezes' side are looking to reach the final and claim their first ever gold medal when they take on the the team who knocked Team GB out of the competition
By Jay Jaffa
Oh, Yung, Y Kim, K Kim
B Kim, Ki, Koo, Han
Rafael, Juan, Thiago Silva, Marcelo
Hulk, Damiao, Neymar
South Korea enter the semi-final with far more concerns than Brazil following an arduous 120 minutes against Team GB. Goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong took a heavy knock from Micah Richards, casting doubt over his availability. Also missing will be right-back Kim Chang-Soo who was forced off with a wrist injury in the first half against Great Britain.
For Mano Menezes, he will be able to welcome full-back Alex Sandro back from suspension whilst he will be hoping Tottenham midfielder Sandro is fit to start after his withdrawal just before half-time against Honduras.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- South Korea have won just won game at the Olympics inside 120 minutes - a 2-1 win over Switzerland. They drew 0-0 with Gabon and Mexico and 1-1 with Team GB before defeating them on penalties.
- Hong Myong-Bo's team have reached the semi-final stage for the first time in the history of their participation at the Olympics.
- Sunderland's Ji Dong-Won scored their opener in the win over Team GB - moving level with Park Chu-Young and Kim Bo-Kyung with a goal each.
- Brazil have scored 12 goals in four games so far - notching three in every game they have played.
- In scoring 12 goals at this stage, Mano Menezes' side have become just the sixth team since 1968 to reach the Olympic semi-finals with that tally.
- However they have shown frailties, conceding five goals in four games, including two against Egypt in their opener.
- The Selecao have yet to win gold at the Olympics.
- Leandro Damiao (pictured right) scored twice against Honduras to take his tally to four goals in the tournament, making him Brazil's top goalscorer and one shy of Moussa Konate, who leads the charts with five goals.
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Top 3 Predictions
Brazil Under 23 3-1 South Korea Under 23
- 25.96 %
Brazil Under 23 2-1 South Korea Under 23
- 10.56 %
Brazil Under 23 3-0 South Korea Under 23
- 10.23 %
|Olympic Games (OLY)||7 Aug 2012||Brazil Under 23 3 - South Korea Under 23 0|
|Brazil Under 23|
|11 Aug 2012||Brazil Under 23 1 - Mexico U-23 2||OLY|
|7 Aug 2012||Brazil Under 23 3 - South Korea Under 23 0||OLY|
|4 Aug 2012||Brazil Under 23 3 - Honduras Under 23 2||OLY|
|1 Aug 2012||Brazil Under 23 3 - New Zealand Under 23 0||OLY|
|29 Jul 2012||Brazil Under 23 3 - Belarus U-23 1||OLY|
The Internacional striker has netted four goals already this Olympics, leaving him second top goalscorer and providing further evidence that he is the prime candidate to lead the Brazilian attack at World Cup 2014. His predatory instincts were on display against Honduras as he prodded home for the first and turned and finished well for the match-winning strike.
Celtic's central midfielder enjoyed a fine game against Team GB, pressuring the opposing midfield relentlessly as well as pressing forward when he could. His energy and technical qualities ensure he will be South Korea's driving force if they are to get anything from the semi-final.
Given South Korea's exertions against Team GB I have to side with the overwhelming favourites Brazil for this one. Their games have been high-scoring and I expect the trend to continue. Damiao to get another goal.
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