On the other hand, Brazil started the PK final tournament with two successes, beating Serbia with 2:0 and Switzerland with 1:0, but in the last group game, with several reserves on the field, they lost to Cameroon with 0:1. Brazil topped Group G with six points.
South Korea, meanwhile, played out a goalless draw against Uruguay in their first group match before losing 2-3 to Ghana, before beating Portugal 2-1 in the final to help them book their place in the Round of 16. In Subgroup H, the South Koreans finished second with four points.
Brazil and South Korea have previously played five test matches, the last of which in June of this year, the Brazilian footballers won convincingly (5:1).
Neymar, who suffered an ankle injury against Serbia and missed the last two group games, is expected to return to Brazil’s lineup, as well as Danilo Luis da Silva. Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus and Ales Teljes will not be able to play due to knee injuries.
On Saturday, the Netherlands and Argentina became the first teams to reach the quarterfinals, and on Sunday, France and England also entered the next round.
The final teams for the top eight will be announced on Tuesday when Morocco face Spain and Portugal face Switzerland.
Teams such as Germany, Belgium and Denmark were left out of the knock-out tournament in this tournament, with Japan, Morocco and Australia respectively denying them a place in the groups.
32 teams are divided into eight groups of four national teams each. The two best teams from each group made it to the round of 16 and will continue the fight for football’s most prestigious trophy.
Qatar is the first Arab country to host the FIFA World Cup. So far, one championship has been held in Asia, and it was jointly hosted by South Korea and Japan in 2002.
This is also the first tournament to be held in late autumn, rather than the usual summer months due to the extreme heat in Qatar.
This is the last tournament in which 32 teams participate, as from the next World Cup in 2026, 48 national teams will start the competition.
In the final tournament of the 2018 World Cup, which took place in Russia, France became the champion, beating Croatia 4:2 in the decisive match.