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Worldies, carnival & showboating - Brazil light up Qatar

Published on: 05 December 2022

Fifa World CupHost nation: Qatar Dates: 20 November-18 December Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Sounds and the BBC Sport website and app. Day-by-day TV listings - Full coverage details

Carnival dancing, world-class goals, party tricks in abundance and thousands in yellow enjoying themselves - this was Brazil at their magical best.

We are used to seeing them in the knockout stages of World Cups but this was a treat - one of this tournament's most impressive performances that left those watching at Stadium 974 in Qatar dancing out of the ground.

It was street football from Rio de Janeiro brought straight to the Middle East - a legendary number 10 playing tricks, a juggling Richarlison scoring worldies - again - and a constant carnival sound coming from the thousands of supporters clad in yellow.

"Devastating. Brazil are saying to the rest of the teams in the tournament 'we're here'," former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live.

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'Absolutely Seoul destroying'Brazil manager Tite joined in with the dancing as his players huddled around him in the technical area

The Selecao are definitely here.

Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior and returning superstar Neymar both had their moments in the spotlight, while Richarlison kept up his quest to score the goal, or goals, of the tournament.

There were legends all around before kick-off as Ronaldinho's name was plastered across the backs of shirts and tributes to the great Pele, currently receiving treatment in hospital, were displayed in the stands.

And the return of Brazil's current star had fans chanting "Neymar, Neymar, Neymar" as he approached the penalty spot, ready to double their lead.

An eruption of noise, a dancing demonstration by manager Tite and a hug for injured defender Alex Telles by Neymar followed. Brazil were 2-0 up and there was more to come.

By half-time, as Tite's side led 4-0, social media had been sent into meltdown, Brazilians were partying on the sand at Copacabana beach and the players were shaking their hips as they danced down the tunnel.

The only people seemingly not enjoying it were the South Koreans.

"Let's be honest, this is absolutely Seoul destroying," tweeted BBC Sport reader Olly.


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The dazzling feet of Richarlison were also on display.

The Tottenham striker was already in a league of his own when it came to the goal of the tournament after he had netted a stunning volley in the win over Serbia.

But there is no party without a Richarlison worldie at this World Cup.

So he juggled the ball on his head three times, flicked it on to a team-mate, ran on to a one-two in the box and coolly slotted home.

Haven't we seen that showboating before in Nottingham?

But that was the goal of the tournament officially in the bag.

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But hang on... South Korea's Paik Seung-ho wasn't going to let Brazil have all of the fun when he smashed in 30-yard screamer.

A consolation for South Korea - but at least they had their moment on a night that will be remembered for football magic in Doha.

South Korea wanted more moments too, but Brazil goalkeeper Alisson pulled off several brilliant saves and was then substituted in the 80th minute to a standing ovation.

View more on twitter'It's like watching Strictly'Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimares climbed on a team-mate's shoulders to celebrate after full-time

When the full-time whistle went, Brazil's players headed straight to their supporters behind the goal.

More dancing, more tambourine shaking and Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes had even climbed on a team-mate's shoulders.

But Brazil couldn't please everyone. Speaking on ITV, former Republic of Ireland midfielder Roy Keane said: "I've never seen so much dancing. I can't believe what I'm watching, it's like watching Strictly [Come Dancing].

"I don't like this. People say it's their culture. But I think that's really disrespecting the opposition. I don't mind the first time and that jig, but then the manager was getting involved. I'm not happy with it."

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'Beautifully terrifying Brazil' - how you reacted on social mediaStrictly Come Dancing, you say?

Callum: This is very enjoyable! I thought Brazil should have started Martinelli today but Vinicius Jr has shown us why he is one of the best young talents around. Every player has put on a great performance so far.

Dharma: Brazil looks like the team to beat. Scary.

Totum: Brazil look beautifully terrifying.

Tirzah: France vs Brazil final then?

MJ: After that first half, you can imagine Croatia are now booking flights home for straight after the game Friday night! Brazil are showing their masterclass against South Korea.

Alf Wilson: For all the people purring over Brazil, that late South Korea consolation goal has done me out of my first ever century in World Cup fantasy football. Thanks lads!

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