- Brazil coach Tite replaced Alisson with Weverton in the 80th minute against South Korea
- The Selecao, one of the favourites to win the World Cup, cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win
- This was the first time in history that all members of a national team squad were utilised
Brazil set a unique record on Monday, December 5, during their emphatic victory over South Korea in the World Cup round of 16.
The Brazilians were simply too good for the South Koreans, as they shipped in four goals to set up a quarter-final clash against Croatia.
In truth, the game was a one-sided affair, as the Selecao went 3-0 up within the first 30 minutes thanks to goals from Vinicius Jr., Neymar and Richarlison.
Lucas Pacqueta then made it 4-0 in the first half, although the Tigers of Asia pulled one back in the second half thanks to a wonder strike from Paik Seung-ho.
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Everyone gets a chance
With the game well and truly won, Brazil boss Tite decided to switch things up a bit, introducing third-choice gloveman Weverton Pereira da Silva in the 80th minute in the place of Liverpool man Alisson.
It was a unique move that was not motivated by any tactics, since Tite’s side had already won the game in the first half.
In the group stage, the Samba Boys tweaked the squad quite a bit, and this was notable in their final group game against Cameroon.
Brazil also scored four goals in one half, for the first time since doing so against Mexico in 1954.
Neymar dedicates goal to star
Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on how Neymar dedicated his first goal at this year's World Cup to the injured Alex Telles.
Neymar doubled Brazil's lead from the penalty spot in the 13th minute, moments after Vinicius Jr had broken the deadlock.
Telles did not make the Brazil team in the knockout fixture, with the left-back currently nursing an injury he picked up in the group stages.