Casemiro starts for Brazil in round of 16 clash against South Korea

Brazil are expected to beat South Korea tonight to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

The Indomitable Lions are looking to cause another upset in the competition by beating the five-time winners.

Manchester United midfielder Casemiro starts in midfield, which comes as no surprise. The former Real Madrid ace has been arguably the best defensive midfielder at the tournament this winter and everyone can see why Erik ten Hag brought him in during the summer.

Meanwhile, United winger Antony is on the bench for Brazil. Alex Telles sustained an injury in the last group game, so his World Cup has come to an end.

The big news for Brazil is bound to be Neymar’s return from injury, although many pundits seem to think they perform better without their star man.

The Selecao have now qualified for the knockout stage of the World Cup for the ninth time in a row. On top of that, it has been 32 years since Brazil were knocked out of the round of 16 – back when they suffered a 1-0 defeat against rivals Argentina.

A historic all-Asian quarter-final is on the cards after Japan beat Croatia in the game earlier today.

That said, South Korea have only ever managed to progress beyond the last 16 at the World Cup once, back in 2002.

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