Qatar World Cup: 5 things we learned on Day 16 - banners and gripes

AP - Jin-Man Lee

O rei is ailing in Brazil but his heirs pay homage with a regal display while the Japanese industrialise the penalty complex against Croatia.

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Brazil have won the World Cup a record five times in the 92-year history of the event. The only nations close to them on four are Italy, who never made it to Qatar and Germany, who made it to Qatar and quickly undid themselves. Brazil teams have played in the shadow of the 1970 World Cup extravaganza led by Pelé. That vintage took the crown in a way that will never be repeated because it is of another time. Pelé, now 82, is ill in hospital with colon cancel. At the end of a 4-1 destruction of South Korea, the current crop unfurled a banner for their king with a picture of him from that glorious campaign 52 years ago. It showed him celebrating the goal - Brazil's 100th in World Cup tournaments - that put Brazil 1-0 up in the final against Italy. O rei may not live for much longer but his legacy will be eternal.

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Industrial penalty complex

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