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Who will South Korea play in Round of 16 knockout stage?

The South Korea squad has advanced to the knockout stage as the second place finisher in Group H. We break down what’s next for them in the Round of 16.

Hee-chan Hwang of Korea Republic celebrates scoring a goal to make it 2-1 with team-mates during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Korea Republic and Portugal at Education City Stadium on December 2, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar. Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

4 p.m. update: South Korea will face Brazil in the Round of 16. Brazil lost 1-0 to Cameroon on Friday but secured first place in Group G when Switzerland couldn’t score enough goals to overcome the tiebreaker. This will be the eighth match between Brazil and South Korea in international competition. Brazil is 6-0-1, but this will be the first time they’ve met in the World Cup.

Group H wrapped up its schedule on Friday and South Korea has advanced to the knockout bracket as the second place team. South Korea stunned Portugal 2-1 and advances after Uruguay could not add more goals to their 2-0 win. South Korea and Uruguay finish tied in goal differential, but South Korea had the higher total for goals scored.

As the second place team in Group H, South Korea will face the winner of Group G. Brazil is likely to win the group, but Switzerland still has a chance to win the group. The Swiss would need to beat Serbia, have Brazil lose to Cameroon, and pick up at least three goals in the goal differential pending other tiebreakers.

This marks the third time South Korea has advanced out of the group stage. They advanced to the Round of 16 in 2010 and finished in fourth place in 2002, which is their best finish in the tournament.