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Why Brazil manager Tite brought third choice goalkeeper Weverton on against South Korea

Ryan Sidle

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Why Brazil manager Tite brought third choice goalkeeper Weverton on against South Korea

Brazil manager Tite explained his reason for bringing on third choice goalkeeper Weverton, during his side's World Cup masterclass vs South Korea.

There was a real party atmosphere inside Stadium 974 on Monday night, as Brazil showed off what they could do in the last 16.

Some had questioned exactly why Brazil were favourites for the tournament, with Graeme Souness literally asking before kick off, but they proved it in a 29 minute salvo.

It took them just seven minutes to open the scoring, through Vinicius Junior, and when Lucas Paqueta scored in the 36th minute it was the side's fourth of the game.

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It really was a joy to watch, the the five time world champions even enjoying themselves and busting out some dance moves following their goals.

Even manager Tite joined in with Richarlison, and the rest of the team, doing the Tottenham Hotspur star's pigeon dance following his third of the tournament.

The boss had plenty of time to relax after Paqueta made it four and was able to ring the changes, even with Paik Seung-ho grabbing a consolation.

Such was the ease of the performance that Tite was even able to give Alisson a rest during the game, bringing on third choice keeper Weverton for the final 10 minutes.

Speaking after the match, the manager explained the decision, saying, "It has been very nice to give Weverton minutes. We have a feeling of gratitude to everyone who has come here to support us."

The 34-year-old was the 26th man used by Brazil in the tournament, meaning they've now used every member of the squad.

It's a hell of a moment from the manager to give the Palmeiras keeper just his ninth cap, in the World Cup, to make sure everyone has been involved.

It means if the World Cup favourites do go on to win the tournament that everyone will have played some minutes in order to have got their medal.

Whilst it might seem like an 'obvious' thing to do, not every team does get to pick every player from the squad in a game, especially when it comes to the goalkeepers.

Brazil won their first two group games, qualifying for the knockouts straight away, giving them the chance to play Ederson in the loss to Cameroon.

Weverton celebrates in front of the fans after Brazil's big win. Image: Alamy
Weverton celebrates in front of the fans after Brazil's big win. Image: Alamy

Certainly Italy manager Roberto Mancini knows what it's like to not be played in a tournament, despite being chosen in the squad.

The former Sampdoria forward was chosen for his national team for the World Cup in 1990 but didn't get a play a single minute, as Italy hosted the tournament.

To make sure that didn't happen to any of his players, the boss brought Salvatore Sirigu on during the Euros last year, as they became European champions, to try and give everyone minutes.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/ITV

Topics: Football, Football World Cup, Brazil, South Korea, Alisson Becker

Ryan Sidle
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