Brazil's Romulo (L) scores a goal past South Korea's Yun Suk-young during their men's semi-final soccer match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford in Manchester, August 7, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/Nigel Roddis )
**Update** Brazil up 3-0 with only 19 minutes left to the semifinal leg.
Brazil is one step closer to facing Mexico in the Gold medal match on Saturday with the scoreboard 1-0 in their favor against South Korea.
The first half had both teams fiercely battling for the ball's possession but, during the first 16 minutes, Korea dominated the game as it rarely gave the Brazilians the opportunity to cross the field's mid-line.
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Ji from Korea had two shots, one on target in minute 16 and was arguably the most dangerous play by Korea up until that point.
However after a fast counter attack by Brazil in Minute 18, gave the Brazilians their first significant play to the goal.
In minute 18, Neymar ran down the left wing of the field past two Korean defenders and shot a pass to Damiao who inside the goal key. Damiao faked the ball before shooting it into the goalkeeper's hand.
From minute 19 and on the game saw its tide switching in Brazil's favor created better opportunities and more dangerous plays. The Brazilians found themselves in front of Korea's goal post in at least three occasions but failed to net the ball.
Attempt after attempt, Brazil finally capitalized on minute 38 after 'A Selecao' took advantage of a South Korean defense error in the midfield. The ball was passed to Romulo who drove up to the key of the goal from the right side and shot the ball barely between the goal post and the goalkeeper's foot.
With Brazil leading 1-0 at half time, they are 45 minutes away from facing Mexico - who beat Japan 3-1 earlier on Thursday - for Saturday's Olympic Soccer Gold Medal match.
Can Korea turn the tables during the 2nd half? To do so, Korea will have to fill in some holes Brazil has found in its defense and also make sure its players remain tense to the strong and deadly Brazilian counter attack.