Brazil continued their preparations for next summer’s World Cup Finals with a friendly in South Korea. They had a comfortable 2 – 0 win with the goals coming either side of half-time. Oscar scored the second after 49 minutes having been set up with an exquisite pass from Tottenham’s Paulinho.
Having scored through Neymar, a minute before the interval Brazil ensured their win by adding a second four minutes into the second half. Paulinho received the ball just inside the South Korea half, steadied himself and placed his pass with perfect execution through the middle of the South Korea defence for Oscar to run onto and take the ball around the goalkeeper to complete the scoring.
Paulinho has made an impressive start to the season with Tottenham. He has been influential in midfield and has scored in each of the three competitions in which Spurs are currently involved. He started with a headed goal in Georgia from an Andros Townsend cross to put Spurs two up against Dinamo Tbilisi. He scored the late winner at Cardiff, back-heeling the ball past the goalkeeper from a cross by Erik Lamela. His third goal came from a Lewis Holtby corner against Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup. He has had a number of near misses and the only thing missing from his goalscoring repertoire is a goal at White Hart Lane. He has shown his creative touch with the cross against Norwich which set up Gylfi Sigurdsson for his second goal that day.
Another good day for Paulinho and Brazil.