FIFA World Cup: Richarlison’s brace helps Brazil win hard against Serbia

A second-half Richarlison brace, including a stunning scissor kick from above, helped Brazil’s favorites win 2-0 over Serbia in the World Cup opening match at Lusail Stadium. on Thursday. The five-time winning streak sometimes struggled in the first half but improved after the break and paid off when Tottenham Hotspur striker Richarlison scored the opening goal in the 62nd minute as a vinixius Junior’s shot was saved. Vinicius then set up Richarlison to score again in the 73rd minute with a stunning acrobatic that was undoubtedly the World Cup goal to date.

This result continues Brazil’s stellar record in the World Cup group stage, of which their last loss was in 1998 to Norway, when they secured a place in the next round.

Tite’s side are now at the top of Group G against Switzerland, who beat Cameroon 1-0 earlier and are Brazil’s next opponent.

The score here is the same as when the two sides met in the group stage in 2018 but Brazil is determined to do much better than four years ago, when they lost to Belgium in the quarterfinals.

They arrive in Qatar as contenders for a sixth title, two decades after their last victory.

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Other results in the opening match in Qatar were a warning, with their arch-rivals Argentina receiving a shock defeat to Saudi Arabia at the same stadium and Germany a shock defeat to Japan.

However, Brazil knows that it will not take Serbia lightly, as the team that is 21st in the FIFA rankings is one of the most progressive teams in Europe and topped their qualifying group above Portugal.

However, it will still be a huge shock for Brazil to lose on the field they are due to return to for the final on December 18.

Tite launched a very attacking team, with Neymar support Richarlison while Raphinha and Vinicius take the flanks and Lucas Paqueta adds creativity in central midfield.

Neymar, the most expensive player in the world, started with only 2 goals to equalize PelletHis all-time record is 77 for Brazil, but he’ll have to wait a little longer to get them.

Serbia did their best to frustrate the Paris Saint-Germain superstar, who nearly scored a direct goal from an early corner that could have smothered the roof of the splendid Lusail Stadium, where the stands are filled with color. yellow and green.


Brazil’s best moments in the first half until Thiago SilvaVinicius’s pass through the defense found Vinicius in the box, only for goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic to save the Real Madrid man, and as Raphinha combined a one-two with Paqueta before his shot was blocked. break.

Barcelona winger, ​Raphinha, rejoined within a minute of starting again as he was hunted Nemanja Gudelj runs out of the ball but is denied by the goalkeeper.

However, Serbian resistance was broken after just an hour.

The warning has come Alex Sandro made a vertical left foot shot and two minutes later the goal came.

Neymar set up Vinicius for a shot that Milinkovic-Savic got his hands on, but the ball was crossed by Richarlison.

Serbia responded by bringing in Dusan Vlahovic, the interesting Juventus striker struggling with injury.

However, now Brazil has found its footing and the second goal when it comes is worthy of the biggest stage.

Richarlison hits a cross with the outside of Vinicius’s right shoe, who then turns and jumps to score with an acrobatic effort.

Brazil could have scored more, with Casemiro witnessed a shot off the crossbar, but this was a very promising start.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)

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