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August 7, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ P. Kralovec‎
 
38′ Rômulo
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Brazil 3-0 South Korea

Two strikes from Leandro Damiao and one from Romulo secure the Selecao's passage to the Olympic gold medal match against Mexico as they dominate at Old Trafford

By Alex Fisher at Old Trafford

  • Gabriel
    16
    6
    2.50

    Gabriel

    His aerial ability was put to the test in the opening period by South Korea and he flattered to deceive at times as a couple of chances came the way of Ji Dong-won and Kim Hyun-sung but luckily for him they were not capitalised upon.

  • Rafael
    22
    9
    2.50

    Rafael

    The Manchester United full-back was given a rousing reception before kick-off and it helped him settle straight into the game but the pressure he was put under by Kim Bo-kyung caused him plenty of problems in the opening half. He wasn’t close enough to the winger to stop crosses being fired into his penalty area.

  • Thiago Silva
    25
    5
    3.00

    Thiago Silva

    The movement and willingness to run at the defence of the South Korean forwards really caused problems for the Brazil captain in the opening parts of the game, but he settled into the game and got much closer to his man which helped his side begin to dominate.

  • Juan Jesus
    13
    8
    2.50

    Juan Jesus

    He was lucky to survive a high clearance early in the game that saw his boot come into contact with Ji’s head - the referee could have easily given a penalty but he escaped and afterward produced a comfortable display at the back alongside Thiago Silva. The pace and movement of the South Korean forwards caused them an occasional problem but they generally had them well under control. Replaced by Bruno in the 83rd minute.

  • Marcelo
    35
    2
    3.00

    Marcelo

    Enjoying a good battle with Nam Tae-hee, the winger had the better of the clashes early on but, as the game wore on, Marcelo’s experience told and he gave the winger little opportunity to cause problems. Made way for Hulk after 75 minutes.

  • Alex Sandro
    12
    4
    3.00

    Alex Sandro

    Playing as a central midfielder as opposed to his normal full-back role, he had a solid game, working well with Sandro to close down the room in the middle. His pace enabled him to cover back well when either full-back charged forward, and his composure on the ball helped Brazil get back into the game.

  • Sandro
    12
    6
    3.00

    Sandro

    The deepest of Brazil’s midfielders, the Spurs man had a torrid start to the game as South Korea laid siege on the Brazil goal but, after half an hour, he had begun to have more of an impact on the game. He was lucky to get away with a very poorly timed challenge on Kim Bokyung inside his penalty are in the opening stages of the second half but recovered well to protect his back four.

  • Rômulo
    22
    3
    3.50

    Rômulo

    An all-action performance from the midfielder that was capped off with an excellent goal late in the first half. He got himself up and down the pitch throughout the match, put his foot in whenever he needed to and showed excellent composure with his goal after being found by Oscar.

  • Oscar
    109
    3
    3.50

    Oscar

    As ever he is the man that makes this Brazilian side tick and he was in inspired form as Brazil dominated much of this game. His neat interplay with Neymar and Leandro was a joy to watch and his ability to find a through-ball was very impressive. Inadvertenly set up Leandro for his second goal to cap off a neat performance.

  • Leandro Damião
    53
    3
    4.50

    Leandro Damião

    After his cameo against Honduras the striker was given another opportunity to show off his talents and he led the line well without ever really threatening the South Korean goal. His link up play with Oscar and Neymar was lovely to watch but that clinical finish just eluded him until the second half. His first goal came after some lovely work from Neymar, his low cross finding the striker unmarked to fire home. His second goal came after a deflection but his strike, with no back lift at all, was perfectly placed. Substituted for Pato in the 77th minute.

  • Neymar
    66
    14
    4.00

    Neymar

    Remains one of the hottest properties in world football and showed exactly why with a dazzling performance filled with skills, tricks and flair. He was unable to get himself on the scoresheet but he was involved in all three goals, providing the telling pass for Leandro’s opening goal.

Substitutions

  • Bruno Uvini
    12
    4
    2.00

    Bruno Uvini

    He was given the final seven minutes as a replacement for Juan and looked very comfortable alongside Thiago Silva.

  • Ganso
    16
    10
    2.50

    Ganso

    Replaced Marcelo in the 76th minute to add yet more attacking threat for Brazil.

  • Alexandre Pato
    28
    3
    2.50

    Alexandre Pato

    Came on for Leandro in the 77th minute and gave Brazil a different dimension up front with his movement and pace.

  • Beom-Young Lee
    6
    7
    2.00

    Beom-Young Lee

    Looked solid as a rock early on but a clash with Leandro Damiao left him on the floor holding his leg, and after that he took a while to find his feet again. He got lucky in the 23rd minute when Damiao couldn’t take advantage of him only being able to parry Sandro’s long range shot. He should have done much better with Romulo's goal, but could do nothing about both of Leandro's goals.

  • Jae-Seok Oh
    5
    7
    2.00

    Jae-Seok Oh

    He was always in for a tough night dealing with Neymar down the Brazil left but he stuck to his task well and did everything he could to stop the Santos man. Sometimes he was successful but on other times all could do is watch as he danced away from him.

  • Suk-Young Yoon
    5
    5
    2.50

    Suk-Young Yoon

    He didn’t have a set man to mark but found himself up against Romulo most of the time and he won the battles in the wide positions, but as soon as the ball came inside it was the Brazilian who had the success.

  • Young-Gwon Kim
    5
    5
    2.00

    Young-Gwon Kim

    Leandro gave him so much to deal with he had a busy night, he battled hard with the striker in the air and gave as good as he got, however when the ball was on the floor his opponent had the upper hand. He remained vigilant throughout and did everything he could to stop the Brazil attacks but as the game wore on, and his side got tired, he was facing an uphill struggle.

  • Seok-Ho Hwang
    5
    5
    2.00

    Seok-Ho Hwang

    Like his central defensive partner Kim Younggwon he had a busy evening and despite it appearing easy early on as Brazil got into their stride he found an ever increasing tide of yellow coming towards him. He was strong in the air and didn’t shirk any challenges but he should have been closer to Leandro for the second goal.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    9
    3
    2.50

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Early on he never left Oscar’s side but as Brazil began to dominate he was unable to keep up with the movement of the youngster. He moved the ball nicely when in possession and did everything he could do break up the Brazil attacks but it got harder and harder as the game went on.

  • Bo-Kyung Kim
    6
    5
    2.00

    Bo-Kyung Kim

    He was a constant threat to the Brazil defence with his runs from midfield and early in the game he was very creative with the ball, however he saw less of the ball as the game went on and therefore struggled to get back into the game. He should have had a penalty in the opening seconds of the second half but Sandro’s challenge on him went unpunished.

  • Tae-Hee Nam
    9
    2
    3.00

    Tae-Hee Nam

    Full of running down the right and his battles with Marcelo were good to watch and had his strikers had there shooting boots on he may have had a couple of assists to his name. His role became more of a defensive one in the second half as Neymar threatened down the Brazil left.

  • Koo Ja-Cheol
    8
    3
    2.50

    Koo Ja-Cheol

    The South Korean skipper faced an uphill battle in the middle of the pitch but he tried his hardest to keep his side in the game with strong tackling. However Brazil dominated much of the match and he was replaced by Jung Wooyoung in the 59th minute.

  • Dong-Won Ji
    8
    2
    3.00

    Dong-Won Ji

    The Sunderland striker was very lively up front, especially early on when South Korea dominated possession and he really should have had a few goals to his name but his finishing let him down. His best chance came in the second half when he was found by strike partner Kim but he volleyed high over the crossbar.

  • Hyun-Sung Kim
    6
    5
    3.00

    Hyun-Sung Kim

    Worked well with Ji, they linked up very nicely and seemed to on the same wavelength but sadly he had also left his shooting boots at home as he missed two good chances in the first half. He was replaced by Park Chuyoung in the 71st minute.

Substitutions

  • Sung-Dong Baek
    4
    5
    2.00

    Sung-Dong Baek

    He replaced Ji in the 77th minute but didn’t get himself into the game.

  • Woo-Young Jung
    4
    4
    2.00

    Woo-Young Jung

    He replaced Koo in the 59th minute and battled in the centre of the pitch but was unable to really get into the game.

  • Chu-Young Park
    6
    5
    2.00

    Chu-Young Park

    He replaced Kim Hyunsung in the 71st minute and worked hard to try and get his side back into the game but the momentum had turned in Brazil’s favour and it was a thankless task.

Results
Semi Finals
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Leandro Damião Leandro Damião
Striker
Santos
6 0
Moussa Konaté Moussa Konaté
Striker
Genoa
5 0
O. Peralta O. Peralta
Striker
Santos Laguna
4 0
Giovani dos Santos Giovani dos Santos
Striker
Villarreal
3 1
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 1