- The Brazilians struggled to break down dogged Korean defence
- Two second-half goals mean Brazil qualify for knockout rounds
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Goals from Lincoln and Paulinho lifted Brazil to a 2-0 victory over Korea DPR in Group D at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, a result that sees them secure a spot in the Round of 16 as at least one of the best third-place teams. As it stands after two matchdays, they lead Group D with six points, three ahead of both Spain and Niger.
The Brazilians were relatively frustrated by the Asians in their attacking ambitions, although they had their first clear chance as early as the first minute when Korea DPR goalkeeper Sin Tae-Song brilliantly denied Lincoln in a one-on-one situation.
The underdog Koreans settled into a defensive game plan after that and largely succeeded in keeping the game at a static pace in the first half. In the second period, Brazil started to come alive and it was Lincoln who was there to capitalise with a header from a deflected free-kick after Sin rushed out of his goal.
Just after the hour mark, Paulinho doubled the score after running on to a penetrating through ball and finishing with a slick touch to beat the stranded Sin. Brazil goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao made sure the score stayed the same in the final minutes, denying a good attempt from Kim Pom-Hyok.