A record crowd turned up to watch Brazil give a master class in world football as the South Americans beat Korea 2-0 at Seoul World Cup Stadium in a friendly match on Saturday evening.
The 65,308 spectators were treated to the silky skills of Brazilian forwards Neymar of Barcelona and Oscar of Chelsea, who both scored while flashing their individual brilliance to entertain the audience.
This represented a new record for the largest crowd at the stadium, beating the 65,256 people who showed up 11 years ago to watch the 2002 World Cup semifinal between Korea and Germany.
Although unable to top Brazil, Korea put up a good fight. After the match, manager Hong Myung-bo said, "The players performed well, although we are obviously disappointed at the result."
Ki Sung-yueng of Sunderland and Han Kook-young, who plays for Shonan Bellmare in Japan, were among the standout Korean players.
But the shining star of the match was Neymar. In a desperate bid to keep him at bay, Korean players went in for some tough tackles, resulting in three yellow cards for the host side. Experts warned that such tactics should be avoided in real competitive matches, where they could have resulted in red cards.
"Korean players making many fouls? Fouls are like a girlfriend I'm carrying with me everywhere I go...," said Neymar after the match, showing how he is used to players resorting to any method to take him down.
Korea will face African side Mali in another friendly in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province on Tuesday evening. Hong hopes to extend his lean winning streak after taking over as manager. So far, he has amassed a record of one victory, three draws and three losses.