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Neymar scores stunner as Brazil beat South Korea

October 12, 2013 22:03 IST

Brazil star Neymar scored a stunning free-kick as he led the World Cup hosts to a 2-0 friendly win over South Korea in Seoul on Saturday.

According to AFP, the Barcelona forward curled his shot past Korean goalie Jung Sung-Ryong just before half-time, with Chelsea's Oscar getting the visitors' second shortly after the break.

Brazil's Neymar (2nd from right) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against South KoreaNeymar, 21, had been in doubt for the game after a heavy fall in training, but he played well in to the match when Stadium when he thumped his strike over the wall and to the right of Jung, who got a hand to the ball but could not keep it out.

After a tepid start to the game, Neymar had taken the ball in midfield and danced through defenders before threading a pass to Oscar, whose shot travelled over the bar.

But after being brought down for the umpteenth time, Neymar took matters into his own hands as he opened the scoring with his free kick.

Brazil doubled their just three minutes into the second half. Paulinho put Oscar through and the midfielder went past the helpless Jung before putting it into the gaping net.

South Korea brought on Son Heung-Min in the 65th minute, hoping the Bayer Leverkusen winger could add some spark to the lethargic attack.

And the home side were more lively in the last half-hour, with Lee Chung-Yong heading a corner wide in the 68th minute.

It was as close as South Korea came to score in the match, as the five-time World Cup champions outclassed the hosts.

Image: Brazil's Neymar (2nd from right) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against South Korea during their friendly match at the Seoul World Cup stadium on Saturday

Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

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