Neymar, Brazil Teammates Show Support To Pele After South Korea Win In FIFA World Cup 2022

Neymar, Brazil Teammates Show Support To Pele After South Korea Win In FIFA World Cup 2022

Three-time World Cup winner and a Brazil national hero Pele is in hospital and is being treated for a respiratory infection. He is also undergoing treatment for colon cancer for over a year.

Updated: December 6, 2022 9:35 AM IST | Edited By: CricketCountry Staff
Doha: Neymar pulled out a Pele banner shortly after Brazil's 4-1 pre-quarterfinal win over South Korea in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 on Monday, in support of the legendary footballer who is currently under treatment in hospital for a respiratory infection. Just after the end of the game, Neymar and Danilo entered the field with a big banner sporting Pele's name in big letters along with picture of the legendary figure. The entire Brazil squad then posed for a picture in support for the 82-year-old. South Korea were completely outplayed by Brazil in the first half as the South Americans scored four goals in a span of 29 minutes. The Asian side could salvage its reputation in the second half, but just, with the help of a 76th minute goal. The match ended 4-1 with Brazil set to take on Croatia in a quarterfinal clash. For the unknown, Neymar missed Brazil's two group games due to an ankle injury he suffered in their campaign opener. The Paris Saint-Germain star recovered in time to be ready for the South Korea game. The Selecao began the assault when Vinicius Junior, assisted by Neymar netted home in the seventh minute by a right foot shot. Brazil doubled their lead through Neymar, who calmly slotted home from the spot in the 13th minute. Brazil's third goal came in the 29th minute when Richarlison shot from the centre of the box to make it 3-0. He was assisted by Thiago Silva. Lucas Paqueta, assisted by Vinicius Junior, made no mistake in the 36th minute to make it 4-0 for the South American side. Earlier, amid growing fears, Pele sent a message from his hospital bed to fans urging everyone to support Brazil in Qatar. "My friends, I want to keep everyone calm and positive. I'm strong, with a lot of hope and I follow my treatment as usual. I want to thank the entire medical and nursing team for all the care I have received. "I have a lot of faith in God and every message of love I receive from you all over the world keeps me full of energy. And watch Brazil in the World Cup too! Thank you so much for everything," the 82-year-old Pele wrote on Instagram.
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