Qatar 2022: Why is Antony not starting for Brazil vs. South Korea?

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Brazil is looking for their spot in the 2022 World Cup quarterfinals against South Korea. However, they will play without Manchester United’s winger Antony. Here, check out why he isn’t starting for the match.

Brazil have one of the best squads at the 2022 World Cup, especially when it comes to forwards. However, the team suffered several setbacks due to injuries, including the loss of Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles for the rest of the tournament.

Tite’s team won their first two matches, against Serbia and Switzerland, but lost their final group stage match against Cameroon. Either way, they came out on top and will try to reach the quarter-finals against South Korea.

Now that Neymar is ready to play again, he will get back one of his best strikers. However, fans have noticed that Antony is not in the starting eleven. Here’s a look at the reason for his absence from the Round of 16 match.

Why is Antony not in Brazil’s starting lineup against South Korea

Just as happened against Serbia, Antony will start the match on the bench. Tite decided to play with Rapinha and Vinicius Jr. as wingers, while Neymar will be playing as No. 10 in the middle. Meanwhile, Richarlison will play as No. 9.

Antony was part of the team against Cameroon, but it was also the less convincing outing of the Brazilians in the tournament. However, if the team needs so, it’s very likely that Antony could be one of the first subs to come out of the bench.

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