Brazil under fire over 'disrespectful' act in World Cup bloodbath

Neymar (pictured left) during a game and (pictured right) and Brazil dancing after a goal.
Neymar (pictured left) and his Brazilian teammates Vinicius Junior, Raphinha and Lucas Paqueta came under fire from Roy Keane for their dancing celebrations at the World Cup. (Getty Images)

Brazil have turned in the best first half performance of the World Cup so far after plundering four goals against a hapless South Korea, but one football great took exception to their celebrations. The South American juggernauts sent a warning to the rest of the teams in Qatar after heading into the match after a surprise loss to Cameroon in the final group G match.

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Brazil needed a strong performance to stamp their credentials in Qatar. And they wasted no time in the knockout stages to show why they are favourites when Real Madrid flyer Vinicius Jr. cooly finished a Raphinia pass in the 7th minute.

The attacking quartet of Brazil danced in celebration and it was not to be the last time for the night. Neymar converted from the penalty spot to open his account at the World Cup having returned from injury after a serious ankle knock in the opening game. Richarlison then got in on the act and may have topped his effort in the first match for goal of the World Cup.

The forward picked the ball up at the top of the box and controlled it with his head a number of times. He then played the ball forward and continued as Brazil played a 1-2-3 back to Richarlison. The Tottenham forward swept the ball pass the keeper to all but cement the victory.

Brazilian teammates dance with Vinicius Junior (pictured second left) after a goal.
Vinicius Junior (pictured second left) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with teammates at the World Cup. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP via Getty Images)

Richarlison took off to the dugout and celebrated with another dance, which coach Tite getting involved. To round off the scoring in the first half, Lucas Pacqueta hit a first time volley from a sumptuous Vinicius pass. Brazil became just the second team to score four or more goals in the first half of a knockout stage match in World Cup history. The only other team to achieve this feat was Germany against Brazil in their famous 7-1 win.

The football world was quick to praise the Brazil performance - referred to as Joga Bonito - as they joyously danced their way to victory.

However, Brazil's dancing after the first goal certainly caused a stir. Dancing and celebrating a goal is embedded in Brazil's culture and has become synonymous with the national team. Football great Roy Keane was one to label the dancing 'disrespectful', while acknowledging it is part of their culture.

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“It’s obviously brilliant from Brazil, but South Korea, my goodness. I’ve never seen so much dancing, it’s like watching Strictly!” Keane said on ITV. “I think it is really disrespecting the opposition. It's 4-0 and they're doing it every time. I don’t mind the first jig, but then the manager got involved with it! I'm not happy with it, I don't think it's good at all.”

However, SBS analyst Craig Foster blasted any notion that Brazil were being disrespectful.

"Thank heavens for Brazil in football. When they turn it on, it's a very rare sight and it's part of the beautiful game....You need to see it," Foster said of the dancing. "It's part of their culture. It's beautiful. I see people on social media that aren't happy with the dancing...it's utter rubbish. This is Brazil, we want to see it."

Many on social media were quick to praise the dancing, which brought joy to the game.

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After the match, Graeme Souness was critical of South Korea's performance.

"If you had said to Brazil, how do you want Korea to play tonight? It would have been exactly like that,” he added.

“Brazil have been fabulous but Korea have been a shambles. It could be seven or eight."

Brazil to face Croatia in quarter-final

Brazil have now set up a quarter-final clash with last World Cup finalist's Croatia. The Europeans broke Japan hearts in the early hours of Monday morning. After a 1-1 result in regulation and extra-time, the gamewas decided on penalties.

Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic was the hero for Croatia, saving three of Japan's penalties. Livakovic firstly dived to his left to save Takumi Minamino's weak kick, before moving to his right to keep out another poor attempt from Kaoru Mitoma.

Nikola Vlasic and Marcelo Brozovic scored their penalties for Croatia, heaping a mountain of pressure on Takuma Asano. The Japanese player managed to keep his side's hopes alive and when Marko Livaja hit the post it was 2-1 after three kicks each.

Livakovic then went right, and chose right again, to deny veteran defender Maya Yoshida with Japan's fourth attempt. Mario Pasalic then sealed Croatia's place in the quarter-finals after converting for his side.

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