- Brazil turned on the heat in their round of 16 clash, beating South Korea 4-1 to punch in a ticket to the quarterfinals
- The results put shivers down the spine of Ghanaian football fans, who watched their potential round of 16 opponents dismantle South Korea
- Ghana had a chance of booking a spot in the last 16 if they avoided defeat against Uruguay, however, they contrived to lose 2-0 to Uruguay
Ghanaian fans reckon the Black Stars' group-stage exit from the World Cup was a blessing in disguise.
According to their theory, Ghana, the lowest-ranked nation at the Mundial, would have suffered further humiliation in the round of 16 following Brazil's emphatic victory against South Korea.
The Black Stars missed out on knockout qualification on the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Uruguay which gave South Korea the outright ticket to the last 16 following their shock win over Portugal.
By virtue of their second-place finish, South Korea were drawn with five-time world champions, Brazil, who finished top of Group G.
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In the said fixture, a ruthless Brazil side dispatched the Taeguk Warriors after 36 minutes, ending the contest before halftime by putting four past the Asians.
Following Brazil's comprehensive victory, Ghanaian football fans trooped to social media to thank their stars for avoiding a heavy humiliation at the hands of Brazil, who are chasing their sixth World Cup title.
"God had saved Ghana Blackstars from Brazil’s calamity."
"This could have been Ghana taking it from Brazil wotowoto."
Another user @kwamebenaiah was baffled about Brazil's quality and wondered how Ghana will fair against them:
"Bruh! How on earth were Ghana going to compete with this Brazil team?"
@KwesiBenedict thanked God for avoiding Brazil:
"Thank God Ghana didn’t make it out of the group to face Brazil."
@tlimz1 sarcastically thanked Andre Ayew for missing the penalty against Uruguay:
"God bless Dede Ayew…Anka Ghana awu ..herrrr Brazil is balling…Dede, I wish you long life."
Brazil thrash South Korea
The world's most expensive player had sat out his team's last two matches with a sprained ankle suffered in their first game in Qatar, a 2-0 win over Serbia.
But he came back for this last-16 tie as Tite's team clicked into gear and delivered an ominous message to their rivals, at least before easing off in the second half.
Source: Sports Brief News