World Cup data dive: Neymar joins Ronaldo and Pele as Perisic hits double figures

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Brazil produced an attacking masterclass to highlight another exciting day of knockout action at the 2022 World Cup.

It was a day of two contrasting matches in Qatar. The Selecao's quest for a sixth title continued in blistering fashion with a comprehensive rout of South Korea.

Meanwhile, Croatia required the first penalty shoot-out at this year's tournament, with their goalkeeper in record-equalling form to end Japan's impressive run.

Here, Stats Perform delves deep into the Opta data to highlight the key numbers from day 16 of the finals.

Brazil 4-1 South Korea: Neymar joins Ronaldo and Pele

The Selecao cruised through to the quarter-finals after scoring four goals in a single World Cup knockout match for the first time since their 4-1 victory over Chile at this stage in 1998.

Tite's side led 3-0 after just 29 minutes, the earliest they have gone three goals ahead in a single game at the finals, while they netted four times in the first half for only the second time – also achieving the feat against Mexico 68 years ago.

Neymar marked his return with a goal from the penalty spot, becoming the third Brazil player to score in three different editions of the World Cup after Pele and Ronaldo.

Thiago Silva set up Lucas Paqueta to make it 4-0 as, aged 38 years and 74 days, the Selecao captain became the oldest player to assist at a finals – overtaking Cameroon's Roger Milla (38 years, 42 days).

Meanwhile, the second-half introduction of Weverton means Brazil have now used all 26 members of their squad in Qatar, making them the first side in World Cup history to use as many players at a single edition.

As for South Korea, they are winless in all seven of their World Cup games against South American sides (drawn two, lost five). Only Scotland (eight) have faced such nations more often without ever winning in the competition.

Japan 1-1 Croatia (aet, 1-3 pens): Livakovic the hero as Perisic hits double figures 

Croatia have now progressed from all three of their World Cup last-16 appearances, while Japan have been eliminated on all four occasions they have reached this stage.

Daizen Maeda put the Samurai Blue ahead with their first shot on target in the opening period at this year's tournament.

But Croatia equalised courtesy of Ivan Perisic's 10th goal at a major competition, more than any other player from his nation, while he also became the first Vatreni player to find the net in five different tournaments.

The Tottenham winger has now been directly involved in 10 World Cup goals since his debut in 2014 (scored six, assisted four), with only Lionel Messi (12 - eight goals, 4 assists) and Kylian Mbappe (11 - nine goals, two assists) involved in more during that time.

Nothing could separate the sides, meaning seven of the last eight knockout games at a major tournament involving Zlatko Dalic's side have gone to extra time, the exception being their 2018 World Cup defeat by France.

Dominik Livakovic was the hero as the tie subsequently went to penalties, becoming the third goalkeeper to save three during a single World Cup shoot-out after compatriot Danijel Subasic (against Denmark in 2018) and Portugal’s Ricardo (against England in 2006).

The team going second has won the last seven World Cup penalty shoot-outs, while Croatia have now avoided defeat in five of their last six matches at the finals when conceding the first goal.