vs. Location: Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, United Arab Emirates Brazil roster:Goleiros: Alisson (Liverpool) Daniel Fuzato (Roma) Santos (Atheltico Paranaense) Defensores: Danilo (Juventus) Emerson (Bétis) Alex Sandro (Juventus) Renan Lodi (Atlético de Madrid) Eder Militão (Real Madrid) Felipe (Atlético de Madrid) Marquinhos (PSG) Thiago Silva (PSG) Meio-campistas: Arthur (Barcelona) Casemiro (Real Madrid) Fabinho (Liverpool) Paquetá (Milan) Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) Philippe Coutinho (Bayern Munchen) Atacantes: Wesley (Aston Villa) Lucas Moura (Tottenham) Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) Richarlison (Everton) Rodrygo (Real Madrid) Willian (Chelsea) Brazil attempts to end what has been a lackluster post-Copa América streak by ending a 5-match winless record as it faces Korea Republic. This unusual confrontation – Brazil vs. an Asian side – will serve, at least on paper, for Brazil to test other players as the team moves on further away not only from the 2018 World Cup but also from the 1.5 year that followed it. This match also takes some significance as it is the last match Brazil will have before 202 World Cup Qualifying starts in March. The Koreans, who defeated Germany 2-0 in the group stage in 2018, have played matches since they hammered the last nail into the coffin of the former World Cup champions on Russian soil. And unlike Brazil, Korea has only lost one match – a 0-1 quarterfinal loss to Qatar at the 2019 Asian Cup this past January. The other 20 matches are comprised by 12 wins and 8 draws. For the Asian side, 2022 WCQ is already underway; the Koreans are safely atop Group H (AFC WCQ groups have 5 teams each), with two wins and two draws: 9/10/2019: 2-0 at Turkmenistan 10/10/2019: 8-0 vs. Sri Lanka 10/15/2019: 0-0 vs. North Korea 11/14/2019: 0-0 at Lebanon Korea faced – and defeated – two CONMEBOL sides in friendlies this year. First, a 1-0 win vs. Bolivia, followed by a 2-1 victory over Colombia. Both took place in March 4 days apart, in the city of Ulsan. VfL Bochum’s Lee Chung-yong scored the lone goal in the first match while Son and Lee Jae-sung scored in the win over the Cafeteros. In the Asian roster, the standout is Tottenham Hotspurs’ Son Heung-min, who helped the English side reach the final of the 2018-2019 Champions’ League. Tite is already under considerable criticism for the unspirited play demonstrated vs. archrival Argentina. And while fans and pressmen alike recognize that some of these friendlies have little value and that players may not be very motivated, a second consecutive defeat and 3rd loss in 6 games could make the pressure rise to a level that Tite might not withstand if the initial WCQ results are unsatisfactory. As disappointing as losing to Argentina was, the South America rival is a stronger team than Korea is, and losing to Korea will be perceived as a somewhat embarrassing result – even though Korea today has many players in Europe and as it is no longer the minnow it was decades ago. Korea and Brazil have only played 5 times, and there has never been a draw. Brazil has 4 wins, with Korea’s sole win coming off a 1999 friendly in Korea, scored in stoppage time. And all of these 5 matches took place in Korea. 8/12/1995: 1-0. Goalscorer: Dunga 8/10/1997: 2-1. Goalscorers: Ronaldo, Anderson (Korea scored first). I saw this match; it was quite a sight to see an entourage of Brazilian samba performers in full Carnaval regalia performing and dancing by the sidelines in the chilly Korean autumn weather in front of Korean fans who, let’s just say, were probably not used to fio dental. 3/28/1999: 0-1. Korea scored very late here to win it. 11/20/2002: 3-2. Brazil returned to Korea after the Penta. Korea was up 1-0 and 2-1 before Brazil won 3-2, courtesy of two goals by Ronaldo and a PK goal by Ronaldinho Gaúcho. 10/12/2013: 2-0. 11 years later, Brazil returned to Korea, now during the Neymar era. Neymar and Oscar scored. The following was the starting XI deployed by head coach Paulo bento in his team's 0-0 WCQ draw vs. Lebanon: Kim Seung-Gyu; Lee Yong, Kim Jin Su, Kim Min Jae, Jung WooYoung; Hwang In-Beom, Son Heung-Min, Nam-Taehee, Lee JaeSung; Hwang Ui-Jo, Kim Young Gwon.