After a goalless first half, the world No 1 team played hard in the second half to beat Serbia, who seemed to have no depth at the last minute. Brazil broke the deadlock when Richarlison scored from close range in the 62nd minute, before the striker delivered a fine header to double the lead 11 minutes later.
The Tottenham Hotspur The striker has been in fine form wearing the gold Brazil kit this year and he opened the scoring with an easy touch before doubling the lead with his acrobatic effort.
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Tite’s decision to use four strikers – NeymarVinicius Jr., Raphinha and Richarlison – in his attacking formation paid off as the South Americans dominated the game and gave Serbia a hard time every time they advanced.
Vinicius made good use of his acceleration to repeatedly beat his senior while Neymar, playing freely, frequently found space, but Serbia’s solid defense kept Brazil in the air. in the first half.
Serbia was sweating for the fitness of all-time top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic but coach Dragan Stojkovic filled his name in the starting line-up.
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However, unlike Brazil’s forward line, which is threatened from all sides, the Fulham forward finds himself isolated in attack and underserved.
The second half was one-way traffic as Brazil switched gears, Richarlison and Neymar squandering sharp opportunities in the box and Alex Sandro and Casemiro hit long shots into the woodwork.
The breakthrough came just an hour from Neymar’s brilliant goal to find Vinicius, whose first shot was saved by Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, but Richarlison was in the right place to score his first World goal. Cup.
Serbia had played cautiously up to that point and had no choice but to push forward, which gave Brazil more space and Richarlison’s second goal provided the biggest buzz of the night for Brazilian team.
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As Richarlison tried to control Vinicius’ pass, the ball flew over his head and he jumped into the air to volley home, sealing victory for Brazil.
Brazil’s dominance was such that they had 22 shots on target in the game with eight on target, while Serbia failed to hit the target on five of them. Brazil has now risen to the top of the standings with the win.
Switzerland is second in the group after they beat Cameroon 1-0 and Serbia finished last.
(With input from agencies)