Olympics Games, Korea v Brazil, Romulo
booked their place in the Olympic final with a comfortable 3-0 win over South Korea
courtesy of goals from Romulo and a double from Leandro Damiao at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Mano Menezes' side started slowly but found their stride to put an end to South Korea's 18-game unbeaten run, lining up a place in Saturday's final against Mexico, who overcame Japan 3-1 earlier in the day.
Both sides made changes to their quarter-final line-ups as Brazil recalled Alex Sandro for Hulk and South Korea were forced to replace the injured Jung Sung-Ryong and Kim Chang-Soo with Lee Beom-Young and Oh Jae-Seok.
Despite playing 120 minutes in the quarter-final against Team GB, South Korea began the game far stronger than Brazil creating a number of early chances that served as a wake up call to the tournament favourites.
After a gentle opening 10 minutes, a short South Korean corner led to a neat piece of footwork and backpost cross that saw Kim Hyun-Sung rise to seemingly head into an empty net. Only the presence of Ji Dong-Won and an inadvertent block kept the scores level.
The Sunderland striker was the lead protagonist in the opening stages, creating another chance for Kim as he clipped a diagonal ball to the backpost. His strike partner rose above the 19-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel and forced the ball back across the box for the onrushing Ji but he was denied by clearance more suited to martial arts than football – averting danger and fortunately avoiding conceding a penalty.