And suddenly, a clamor rose in the stands of the 974 stadium. Raphinha has just put the ball in the arms of his partner and star on the return of the evening, Neymar.
Back from injury and established by his coach Tite in this round of 16 between Brazil and South Korea on Monday evening, the star of Seleçao and PSG takes responsibility for this penalty - generous - obtained by his center forward Richarlison .
Neymar transforms calmly, despite attempts to distract the Korean goalkeeper, to allow the Seleçao to make the break (2-0, 13th).
The first goal in this World Cup in Qatar for Neymar, absent since a worrying injury against Serbia in the first match of the favorite of this competition.
The Parisian then missed the victory against Switzerland (1-0) and the defeat against Cameroon (0-1), which occurred when Brazil had already qualified.
He joins Pelé and Ronaldo
His return is a relief for the Brazilians.
His partners also surrounded him to celebrate his goal against South Korea.
Then, Neymar raised his fingers and his head to the sky, as if to thank fate which allowed him not to give up on what is - perhaps - his last opportunity to be world champion.
With this goal, he became the third Brazilian player in history after Pelé and Ronaldo to score in three different Worlds.
Neymar was celebrated by his partners after scoring from a penalty.
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Vinicius (1-0, 7th) had launched Brazil perfectly before this goal, then Richarlison scored the third (3-0, 29th) before the half-hour mark. The winner of the match faces Croatia on Friday (4 p.m.) in the quarter-finals.