Brazil paid tribute to legendary forward Pele following a commanding 4-1 victory over South Korea that sealed their World Cup quarter-final place.
Vinicius Junior, Neymar, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta were all on target at Stadium 974 as Tite’s side cruised through to the last eight in Qatar, where they will face Croatia on Friday.
A message posted from his Twitter account earlier in the day revealed Pele would be watching the match from his hospital bed, where he was moved to last Tuesday.
The Selecao responded after the full-time whistle by parading a banner on the pitch with a picture of the three-time World Cup winner.
Amid unconfirmed reports he had been moved to palliative care after failing to respond to chemotherapy treatment, the hospital housing the 82-year-old described his condition as “stable.”
Pele moved to ease fears surrounding his health with a post to his Instagram account on Saturday, saying he remained “strong, with a lot of hope.”
Estamos com você, Rei!
Seguimos juntos sempre.
Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/tSiFsTCebz
— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) December 5, 2022
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