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Can South Korea upset the odds against the brilliant Brazilians?

South Korea will be at Old Trafford in the second semi-final at the men's football Olympic tournament.  

They will be the penultimate obstacle that presents itself to Brazil, as coach Mano Menezes and his stars look to continue their quest towards the desired gold medal.

South Korea do not seem powerful enough to challenge the likes of Neymar, Marcelo and company but they have history of causing international upsets and no-one will ever forget their epic run to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup.  

The Koreans have only conceded two goals in four matches but have recorded just the one win so far, which was a 2-1 success against Switzerland in the group stages.

They ended the home dreams, with a penalty shootout triumph over Team GB at the Millennium Stadium in the quarter-finals. 

The Brazilians have a 100 per cent record, averaging a total of three goals per game and are the highest scoring team in the competition.

However, they will be looking for improvements after a major scare in the last eight against unfancied Honduras. The Central Americans took the lead twice before finally succumbing to the stronger, more powerful South American attack. 

Neymar is the one to watch

Leandro Damiao has excelled so far but Neymar is the one to watch for the Koreans.  

With three goals already in the Olympics, he is revealing himself to the world that he is an exceptional talent.

The Santos striker has attracted attention from the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea in the summer transfer window and it is clear to see why so far.

Add in the likes of Hulk, Oscar and Danilo and the amount of attacking weapons they have at their disposal is immense.

After Monday's stunning women's semi-final at Old Trafford between USA and Canada, the Manchester crowd will be hoping for more of the same in the men's edition.

On paper, the Brazilians start as overwhelming favourites but the underdog should never be underestimated. 

By Alberto Lliteras - Follow me on Twitter @albertolliteras

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