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7 August 2012
• Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee: P. Kralovec
• Attendance: 69389
Korea Republic U23
Leandro Damião 57', 64'
Brazil now head towards Wembley and what many think is their destiny, as they come up against Mexico in the Olympic football final with a gold medal at stake.
FULL TIME! Brazil 3-0 South Korea
Brazil go on the counter-attack after a poor corner by Kim Bo-Kyung, but Oscar's long diagonal ball from the left is nowhere near Rafael and goes out of play.
Neymar once again putting a show on for the Manchester crowd as he races down the left wing, before stopping, which took Oh Jae-Seok completely out of the game, but unfortunately his cross wasn't as good as his run and went out for a goal kick.
It's now at walking pace on the Old Trafford surface, as both teams have now accepted that the game with finish the way it currently is, with Brazil three goals ahead.
The South Korean players heads have dropped considerably since the third goal, as now they must head for Cardiff to meet Japan in the bronze medal match.
As the fans at Old Trafford start heading for the exits, Brazil continue to do what they do best, and keeping the ball at will, while South Korea are left chasing shadows.
Ki has another attempt with a long range free kick, but the Celtic midfielder sees his effort go into the stand behind the goal.
Santos forward Neymar is unlucky not to get himself a goal as he cuts inside once again from the left, but his drive goes over the top of Lee's goal.
Brazil are looking clear favourites for the gold as they pass the ball around with freedom, not allowing the South Koreans enough of the ball in order to get back into the game.
Neymar may not have scored yet, but he has started the samba party tricks, as the Brazilians stroke the ball about for fun as they prepare to meet Mexico at Wembley on Sunday for a chance to claim gold for their country.
Alex Fisher: “Now there is some real fortune to this goal but the finish from Leandro is superb. Neymar dribbled his way across the penalty area, found Oscar who tried the return pass however Hwang deflected it into the path of Leandro. The striker still had a lot to do but with no back lift he fired it into the bottom corner.”
Goal Leandro Damião
GOAL! It’s a double for Leandro after superb work from Neymar on the left wing, he cut inside into the middle of the pitch and found Oscar, as the Chelsea midfielder tried to link-up again with the Santos frontman, the ball was cut out, but only into the path of Leandro, who slotted the ball home.
Brazil are now in cruise control with a two goal lead, the South Koreans look deflated after having a superb opening to the half and now it looks like how many.
Yellow Card Dong-Won Ji
Goal.com’s Alex Fisher at Old Trafford: “I think that may be game, set and match to Brazil as Leandro Damiao fires one into the back of the net from just inside the penalty area. There was a touch of fortune about it as Neymar's cross went through the legs of Marcelo, but Leandro Damiao's finish was emphatic.”
Goal Leandro Damião
GOAL! A second for Brazil and a first for Leandro, as Neymar cross from the left hand side of the area, firstly Marcelo misses the ball completely, but Leandro doesn't as he coolly slots the ball home from close range.
Ki has a free kick from the edge of the area which is charged down by the Brazilian wall before the ball can get anywhere near Gabriel's goal.
South Korea have certainly started the brighter in the second half, but it's whether or not they can make the pressure count and get back on level terms.
Alex Fisher at Old Trafford: “The second half is underway and Sandro is a lucky boy not to concede an early penalty after a poor challenge on Kim. The Spurs midfielder got nowhere the ball but referee Pavel Kralovec didn't feel there was enough in it to award the spot kick.”
South Korea with a shout for a penalty as Kim Bo-Kyung is taken down by Sandro after a ball from Yun Suk-Young, but the referee waves away the claims.
Ki plays a free kick from the right wing, which is headed on into the path of Ji, but once again his strike goes well over the Brazilian bar.
South Korea get the second half underway trailing by one goal, with 45 minutes remaining in the semi-final.
Goal.com’s Alex Fisher with his half time assessment: “Well Brazil are ahead at half time here at Old Trafford and after a very slow start they probably just deserve it. South Korea started much the better side but they couldn't make their early dominance pay, and a Romulo made them pay with a neat finish late in the half.”
HALF TIME! Brazil 1-0 South Korea
Just before the half time whistle, Ji has a chance from just inside the area, as the ball breaks to him, but his strike goes well over the bar.
After going ahead, Brazil are looking to sit back for the reminder of the half, and let the South Koreans come at them, before trying to counter-attack and get a second goal.
Alex Fisher: “The band is most definitely helping Brazil get back into this match; surely it's unfair on South Korea? It's like they are setting the tempo for the players to play to! The South Americans are ahead thanks to Romulo after excellent work from Sandro, Neymar and Oscar in the build-up. The South Korean keeper will be very disappointed to be beaten so easily at his near post though.”
GOAL! Brazil finally get the opener as Oscar finds Romulo wide on the right of the penalty area and Spartak Moscow midfielder's strike goes under Lee and into the net
Although South Korea are getting back into the game, they don't push enough bodies forward in order to trouble the Brazilians.
Manchester United full-back Rafael is starting to push more forward on the familiar Old Trafford surface, but he still can't find a cross into the box to open South Korea up.
Goal.com’s Alex Fisher at Old Trafford: “Brazil started this game very slowly so someone has clearly ordered the samba band to wake them up, and it seems to be doing the trick. The Selecao have upped their tempo and look much more threatening. Question is can I get any work done?”
Rafael pushes forward now for Brazil and finds Chelsea new boy Oscar on the right hand side of the area, but his low driven strike is block by Ki Sung-Yeung and out for a corner.
After the storm that came at them in the last ten minutes, the South Koreans have managed to get through a rough patch and are now starting to get more forward.
The South Americans are looking in fine form after some excellent passing play, but as of yet they have still been unable to beat Lee in the South Korea goal.
The Brazilians now look like the favourites to score first as Sandro has a shot from the edge of the area which Lee fumbles again, into the path of Leandro on the right, but his chance goes well wide.
Leandro once again has an opportunity after an under hit back pass, with Lee racing out of his goal and clattering into the Brazilian striker, before the rebound goes wide of goal.
Brazil are starting to pile on the pressure as Leandro races forward, before eventually having a strike from inside the box, which hits off of Lee and into the path of Neymar, but the striker is called offside.
Romulo is the first to finally show for Brazil as he attempts to get on the end of a ball played into the box, but before he can get to it South Korea keeper Lee Beom-Young comes out to smother.
Ji has yet another opportunity to put South Korea ahead, as he unleashes a long range strike from outside the box, but the ball just goes wide of Gabriel's right hand post.
Yet another superb chance for the South Koreans, as Kim Hyun-Sung gets onto a cross from the left and heads it into the path of Ji Dong-Won, but before the Sunderland striker can finish a Brazilian defender gets in the way to clear.
Our man Alex Fisher at Old Trafford: “Many may have seen Brazil as favourites for this match but South Korea don't seem to have been listening; they have started much the better side and got themselves into some promising positions. The question now is can they advantage? Kim Hyun-Sung missing an open goal says possibly not.”
Superb opportunity for South Korea as Kim Bo-Kyung gets the ball from a corner on the left wing and crosses for Kim Hyun-Sung, but unfortunately his chance hits the outside of the post.
Now both sides are starting to give away the ball when they look like creating an attack, meaning neither side has been able to trouble either of the goalkeepers so far.
The Brazilians play some neat football in the midfield area, eventually finding Marcelo on the wide left hand side, but the Real Madrid full-back's cross is very poor and goes out for a goal kick.
After the early opening exchanges, South Korea are feeling more confident, but the ball seems to be in the midfield area for most of time, with both sides looking to take as many touches early on as possible.
The Brazilians have enjoyed the early possession during the first couple of minutes, as they look to spray the ball around at the back and get in behind the South Korean defence.
Brazil, in their famous yellow and blue get the game underway, while South Korea are wearing red and blue.
Brazil substitutes are: Neto (GK) Lucas Moura, Hulk, Bruno Uvini, Danilo, Ganso, Pato
The Brazil starting line-up is as follows: Gabriel; Rafael, Thiago Silva, Juan, Alex Sandro; Romulo, Sandro, Oscar, Marcelo; Leandro Damiao, Neymar
Substitutes are: Jung Sung-Ryong (GK) Kim Kee-Hee, Baek, Park Chu-Young, Park Jong-Woo, Jung Woo-Young
The South Korea line-up is as follows: Lee; Oh, Yun, Kim Young-Kwon, Hwang; Ki, Kim Bo-Kyung, Nam, Koo; Ji, Kim Hyun-Sung
South Korea finished second in their group to Mexico, having a scoreless draw with the Mexicans and also with Gabon before breaking the host nation’s hearts as they despatched Team GB in the quarter finals after a penalty shoot-out.
Brazil come into the game as favourites after claiming a 100% record in their three group games, before coming from behind twice then finally deposing of Honduras in the quarter finals.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com’s live text commentary of the Olympic football semi-final between Brazil and South Korea, my name is Matthew Harold and I will be guiding through the game until we get a winner who will travel to Wembley on Saturday to fight Mexico for the gold medal.
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