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Brazil eases past S. Korea to advance to men's soccer final

Manchester, England (Sports Network) - Brazil cruised to a 3-0 victory over South Korea at Old Trafford on Tuesday to advance to the final of the men's Olympic soccer tournament.

Romulo opened the scoring in the 37th minute while Leandro Damiao bagged a second-half brace in the span of seven minutes.

Damiao leads the men's soccer tournament in scoring with six goals through Brazil's five games. The samba boys have scored three goals in every game during the competition, good enough to see the world football powerhouse into Sunday's final at Wembley where it will face Mexico for the gold medal.

South Korea had the better of the early running, but Brazil took advantage of the Asia nation's squandered scoring chances by taking the lead in the 38th minute.

A well-worked move from the left flank to the right found the run of Romulo on the edge of the box as the midfielder collected possession and fired his effort underneath Lee Bum-Young, who will count himself at fault for failing to stop a shot placed within his reach.

South Korea had a penalty shout early in the second half when Ji Dong-Won was barreled into from behind, but play was allowed to continue.

Moments later, Brazil doubled its lead when Neymar broke free on the left side of the box. His angled ball back to the penalty spot was missed by Marcelo, but Damiao followed up to slot the delivery into the back of the net.

Damiao completed his brace shortly after when a failed through ball was not properly dealt with by the South Korean defense. The 23-year-old pounced on the loose ball and poked a speculative shot through traffic that found its way past Lee.

Brazil coasted for the remainder of play, advancing to the final where it will go for its first-ever gold medal. The Brazilians have finished as silver- medallists twice (1984 & 1988) in addition to their two bronze-medal finishes (1996 & 2008).

South Korea will go for its first-ever Olympic medal on Friday when it faces Japan at the Millennium Stadium.

08/07 16:59:42 ET


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