Brazil have made it to quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup after defeating South Korea in the Round of 16. Tite’s men were in full throttle against the Asians, as they hit them for four goals in opening 36 minutes itself to see-off the game. Moreover, Brazil had more than one reason to rejoice their win, as they welcomed their star player Neymar back from an ankle injury, which indeed had threatened to end his World Cup campaign.
However, they drew ire of Manchester United legend Roy Keane for their dancing celebration during the game. Keane was harshly critical of Brazil’s over the top celebrations, as he even felt they “disrespected” their opponents. Moreover, even Tite too joined the celebrations after Brazil’s third goal, which further enraged Keane. While sitting in his punditry box for ITV, Keane lashed out at Tite as well for joining the celebrations.
Tite slams for Keane for his comments over Brazil’s celebrations
Brazil opened the scoring right in the 7th minute of the game, with Neymar feeding Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr to slot in his first ever goal at the FIFA World Cup finals. Just 6 minutes later, Neymar added a second from the spot, after Richarlison was fouled in the box winning a penalty. And even before South Korea would get a breather, Brazil killed the game by adding two more goals before the half-time through Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta.
And it was after the Richarlison goal, the Tottenham striker straight away ran towards his dugout to celebrate with Tite, who dances with his players. The Brazil coach was elevated by the dominance of his players, as they had entered the game on the back of a defeat at the hands of Cameroon in their final group stage game. However, Brazil’s celebrations didn’t sit well with Keane, who is known for his strict approach towards the game. He said on ITV:
“I can’t believe what I’m watching. Obviously brilliant, brilliant by Brazil. Fantastic finish by Vinicius, great start to the game. But I’ve never seen so much dancing. It’s like watching Strictly [British Dance Show]. I can’t believe what I’m watching. I don’t like this. You can make a point about culture, but I think that’s really disrespecting the opposition. I don’t mind the first kind of little jig – whatever they’re doing – but they’re still doing it after that and then the manager getting involved with it. I’m not happy with it, I don’t think it’s very good at all. It’s four [goals] and they’re doing it every time.”
However, Tite defended his players’ celebrations in his post match presser, and insisted that they do not intend to disrespect their opponents. The Brazil boss also appeared to fire shots at Keane, who indeed was among the firsts to call out Brazil’s celebrations. Tite in his presser said:
“There are always spiteful people who will understand it as disrespect. I told the players to hide me a little, I know about the visibility. I didn’t want it to have any other interpretation than the joy of the goal, the result, the performance, but not disrespect for the opponent or Paulo Bento [South Korea coach], for whom I have a lot of respect.”
Nonetheless, the five-time world champions are into the quarterfinals in search of their sixth title. They now face 2018 runners-up Croatia there in a bid to book a semifinals ticket. Its now that the going will get tough for Tite’s team, as it remains to be seen how much they will dance now from here onwards. Brazil v Croatia will be played on December 9 at the Education City team, and the winner of this tie will face the winner from the Netherlands vs Argentina clash in the semifinals.