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Olympic Preview: South Korea - Brazil

Olympic Preview: South Korea - Brazil

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Mano Menezes' side is looking to reach the final and claim its first ever gold medal when it takes on the the team which knocked Team GB out of the competition

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SOUTH KOREA

Lee
Oh, Yung, Y Kim, K Kim

B Kim, Ki, Koo, Han
Ji, Park

BRAZIL

Neto
Rafael, Juan, Thiago Silva, Marcelo
Sandro, Romulo
Oscar
Hulk, Damiao, Neymar



South Korea enters the semifinal 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 while he will be hoping Tottenham midfielder Sandro is fit to start after his withdrawal just before halftime against Honduras.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • South Korea has won just won game at the Olympics inside 120 minutes - a 2-1 win over Switzerland. It drew 0-0 with Gabon and Mexico and 1-1 with Team GB before defeating it on penalties.
  • Hong Myong-Bo's team has reached the semifinal stage for the first time in the history of its participation at the Olympics.
  • Sunderland's Ji Dong-Won scored the opener in the win over Team GB - moving level with Park Chu-Young and Kim Bo-Kyung with a goal each.
  • Brazil has scored 12 goals in four games so far - notching three in every game it has played.
  • In scoring 12 goals at this stage, Mano Menezes' side has become just the sixth team since 1968 to reach the Olympic semifinals with that tally.
  • However the team has shown frailties, conceding five goals in four games, including two against Egypt in the opener.
  • The Selecao has 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.

Players to watch

Leandro Damião

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Sung-Yeung Ki

Position: Midfielder

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Editor's Prediction

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Korea Republic U23

Brazil U23

Wins
0
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Korea Republic Under 23 KOR
Korea Republic Under 23 Korea Republic U23
Draw
Brazil Under 23 BRA
Brazil Under 23 Brazil U23
81%
15%

Top 3 Predictions

Korea Republic Under 23 KOR
3 - 1
Brazil Under 23 BRA
Korea Republic Under 23 KOR
2 - 1
Brazil Under 23 BRA
Korea Republic Under 23 KOR
3 - 0
Brazil Under 23 BRA

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