Richarlison’s second-half objectives earned World Cup favourites Brazil a deserved 2-0 win over Serbia in their Group G opener in Lusail.
The European facet stifled the No 1-ranked group for over an hour however the Tottenham ahead’s close-range end after Vinicius Junior’s shot was pushed into his path by goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic lastly introduced Brazil their hard-fought lead.
Richarlison then lit up the Lusail Stadium in Qatar with a shocking strike on the flip that arrowed past the Serbia goalkeeper to double the benefit. His good efficiency greater than justified his choice as Brazil’s striker forward of Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus.
Raphinha had earlier wasted probabilities to make the breakthrough both facet of half-time, capturing tamely on each events, whereas Alex Sandro’s swerving effort from distance struck the foot of the publish as Tite’s facet pushed to break down a resolute Serbia group.
Brazil had been defensively robust as they prolonged their unbeaten run in World Cup openers to 20 video games. Although there will probably be greater checks because the five-time champions search to finish their 20-year wait to win this event, this turned out to be a commanding start.
How Brazil broke down Serbia
For an hour, Serbia made it powerful. By the tip, it was troublesome to keep in mind that, so dominant had been Brazil, so rampant had been they in overwhelming their opponents. As quickly as Serbia had to go in search of a purpose, the gaps had been there for them to exploit.
Vinicius regarded so harmful, creating all kinds of issues. Neymar had his moments, although his obvious harm late in the sport is a slight fear. Such is the depth of attacking expertise in this squad, nevertheless, optimism would be the prevailing emotion after this.
Jesus, Antony, Rodrygo and Gabriel Martinelli all got here on as Brazil actually began to take pleasure in themselves. Given that they regarded sturdy on the different finish of the pitch with Casemiro defending the defence, this confirmed why many see them because the group to beat in Qatar.
Player of the match – Richarlison
Richarlison has made no secret of his ardour for representing his nation, usually turning into emotional about it, and this was certainly the evening that he had been dreaming of for a lot of his life. Here he was, main the road for Brazil and main the best way too.
There is expertise round him in this group, gamers who will create alternatives. He had Vinicius to his left and Raphinha to his proper, with Neymar conjuring in help. Richarlison’s job was to keep central and seize the possibilities once they got here – that’s simply what he did.
The first was the type of poacher’s end that Tite expects from him, nipping in forward of the defender. But the second was a lot extra, a vicious strike. It hints at his confidence. In this temper, and with this help, Richarlison might have even higher days forward.
Neymar harm dangers overshadowing win
This World Cup was supposed to be Neymar’s redemption tune after two failed tilts on the trophy. This is probably going to be his final likelihood and he got here into the event in spectacular kind for Paris Saint-Germain. Now harm might put paid to his plans.
The sight of him slumped on the bench after being substituted and the pictures which have emerged of his swollen ankle are alarming. Even with 11 days till Brazil’s doubtless round-of-16 tie, there may be little time for Neymar to get better and present his finest kind.
Brazil produce other attacking choices, although most are extra suited to the vast positions than the No 10 function that Neymar has made his personal. But that is in regards to the particular person as a lot as what Tite does subsequent. A career-defining event is in hazard of getting away from him.
Brilliant Brazil – Opta stats
- Brazil are unbeaten in their opening sport in every of the final 20 editions of the World Cup, profitable 17 and drawing three.
- Brazil’s Neymar was fouled 9 instances in this match, at the very least 4 extra fouls gained than another participant on the 2022 World Cup to this point.
- Serbia are one in every of 4 sides not to have had a shot on track on the 2022 World Cup to this point.
- Richarlison has scored 9 objectives in his final seven appearances for Brazil in all competitions, turning into the eighth Brazilian to rating a brace on his World Cup debut and the primary since Neymar in 2014.
- Since his debut for the nationwide facet in September 2018, Richarlison has scored extra objectives in all competitions for Brazil than another participant (19).
- Before being subbed off in the ultimate quarter-hour, Vinicius Junior had been concerned in 50 per cent of Brazil’s 16 pictures in this match with 4 pictures and 4 probabilities created.
What else occurred on the World Cup on Thursday?
In the opposite sport in Group G, Switzerland kicked off the day with a 1-0 win over Cameroon thanks to a purpose from Breel Embolo – a participant born in Cameroon. After that, we had been handled to a goalless draw between Uruguay and South Korea in Group H.
Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana was fairly extra entertaining with Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half penalty proving the primary of 5 objectives after the interval. The now former Manchester United participant turned the primary man to rating in 5 World Cups.