Beyond Asia, Son Heung-min, who stands tall as the best goal scorer in the English Premier League, and Brazil's 'superstar' Neymar will face off in the World Cup Round of 16.

The Korean national soccer team, led by Bento, will play the 2022 Qatar World Cup round of 16 against Brazil at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar at 4:00 am the day after tomorrow.

South Korea advanced to the round of 16 with 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss in Group H, 2nd place.

If Korea defeats Brazil, it will achieve the feat of advancing to the quarterfinals of the away World Cup for the first time in history.

So far, the only time Korean football has reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup is the 2002 Korea-Japan tournament, which wrote a legend of the semifinals.

If Korea defeats Brazil, there is a possibility that the Korea-Japan match will be held because the quarterfinals will be played against the winner of the previously scheduled Japan-Croatia match on the same day.

Brazil, which has the record of winning the World Cup five times, is recognized as the world's strongest, and is currently ranked #1 in the International Football Federation (FIFA) rankings.

Korea has won only once in seven A matches against Brazil, and lost 1-5 in the most recent head-to-head match in Seoul in June of this year.

In Brazil, attention is paid to Neymar, the 'superstar' who has reigned as the best player in the league for 10 years at Spain's FC Barcelona and France's Paris Saint-Germain.

Neymar also scored 75 goals in 122 matches for the Brazilian national team, and if he scores two more goals in the future, he will tie the record for the most goals in an A-match by a Brazilian player, standing shoulder to shoulder with soccer emperor Pele.

Neymar injured his right ankle in the first group match against Serbia and could not play in the second and third matches, but is known to have a chance to play in the round of 16.

Son Heung-min is expected to stand at the center of the Korean Bento attack against this again.

Son Heung-min, who scored 23 goals in the English Premier League last season and tied for the top scorer, is recognized as the world's best goal scorer both in name and reality.

Son Heung-min and Neymar have never faced each other on the professional stage, but they faced each other twice in the national team A match, and Neymar won both by decision.

In this World Cup, Son Heung-min had a hard time wearing a face mask due to an orbital fracture, but in the final group match against Portugal, he helped Hwang Hee-chan's winning goal, which led Korea to the round of 16, and raised the first attack point of the tournament.

If Son Heung-min, who has scored three goals in the World Cup so far, scores against Brazil this time, he will surpass Ahn Jung-hwan and Park Ji-sung to become the top scorer in the World Cup for a Korean player.

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