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BRAZIL PLAYERS PAY TRIBUTE TO PELE

BRAZIL PLAYERS PAY TRIBUTE TO PELE

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After their 4-1 World Cup victory over South Korea, Brazil's players paid tribute to legendary player Pele, who is being treated in a hospital in Sao Paulo due to ill health.

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After Monday's last-16 match at Stadium 974 in Doha, players hoisted a large banner in honor of the 82-year-old, who is considered one of the greatest players of all time.

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First-half goals from Vinicius Junior, Neymar, Richarlison, and Lucas Paqueta saw Brazil put the game to bed long before Paik Seung-ho's stunning consolation in the second period.

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"It's difficult to talk about what Pele is going through right now but I wish him all the best," said Neymar, who returned from playing most of the game from an ankle injury.

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"I hope he gets well soon and we could at least console him with a win," Neymar told Globo.

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Pele's battle with colon cancer is inspiring athletes to try to win a record-extending sixth world title - the first three of which Pele was a part of.

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"He needs a lot of strength from us and this win is for him, so he can get out of this situation and we can be champions for him," Vinicius said.