Brazil's Richarlison connects the ball near the Serbia defender Milos Veljkovic to score the second goal for his team in the Group G match of the World Cup.
Richarlison put shine on Brazil's debut this Thursday at the World Cup of Qatar by scoring the two goals of the victory against a tough and fierce Serbia, one of them in a spectacular Chilean kick.
The Tottenham (ENG) striker, who is playing his first World Cup, cracked his game. He beat the Balkan defense in the second half (62, 73) and put 'Seleção', one of the favorites for the title, at the head of Group G. Switzerland follows him , which won Cameroon 1-0 earlier.
Without a lucid Neymar, who left behind. the field (79) after a hit, the shirt '9' 25-year-old rescued to a 'Canarinha' What did he suffer? to deactivate the iron defensive system set up by Dragan Stojkovic, resistant until the 62nd minute in part due to the reflexes of goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.
Both teams collided in the stunning Lusail stadium, occupied almost in its totality (capacity for 88,966 people) and that will house the final of the tournament on December 18. Although the 'amarelas' they were the majority, little spread the traditional South American passion.
In the second day, on Monday, Brazil will face They will face Switzerland in stadium 974. Serbia and Cameroon, meanwhile, will clash to stay alive on the same day, although earlier, at Al Janoub.
Bone hard to crack
Without complexes or fears and playing “smart football”. In the first half, Serbia met its goal. He fully complied with the slogans launched by his coach the day before his debut in the first World Cup held in an Arab country.
The "éguilas" they bothered the five-time champions and their offensive formation too much, in which Casemiro was the only defensive midfielder, backed by a man with a creative profile like Lucas Paquetá.
The choice of Tite for a team that came out to propose had little to do with the difficulty they encountered in developing their game: between the Serbian physical strength and Stojkovic's approach, they cut the Brazilian circuits.
The four pure attackers of the 'scratch' they barely caused three chances to score in the first 45 minutes, in a corner taken by Neymar (13) that Milinkovic-Savic avoided. that it was an Olympic goal; It came from an assist from Thiago Silva (27) that left the mark behind. It brought Vinicius Jr face to face with the goalkeeper, whose quick exit dispersed the crowd. the risk; and in a shot missed by Raphinha (34).
Frequently harassed by the Balkan fans when he touched the ball, 'Ney' he held back before the rival fouls (5) that interrupted his desire to do damage.
Flight of the 'Palomo'
The Serbia's gamble to field only one man up front, Aleksandar Mitrovic, leaving his attacking partner Dusan Vlahovic on the bench, allowed them to win. take over the midfield and mortify Brazil.
Although the task was incomplete, as Alisson was a mere spectator due to the defensive sacrifice of Mitrovic and captain Dusan Tadic.
The rear guard, however, suffered cracks at the beginning of the second half, especially due to the Nemanja Gudelj's deconcentrations and the fight of Raphinha and Vinicius Jr on the wings.
The Barcelona (ESP) winger tormented the audience. He was at the wheel of Sevilla (ESO), even forcing him to lose the ball on the edge of the area (46) and causing a new intervention by Milinkovic-Savic. Stojkovic reacted quickly. soon and replaced the to Gudelj (57) by Ivan Ilic.
When his hands did not silence Brazil's attempted coups, the Torino (ITA) goalkeeper had the help of the sticks, as in two distant shots by Alex Sandro (60) and Casemiro (81).
Luck, however, is not usually eternal.
The only rebound he gave in the game, A shot from Vinicius Jr. after a play by Neymar, was taken advantage of by Richarlison's right leg to the relief of a Brazil that, upon returning from the locker room, showed itself to be more incisive.
Later he would have more incisiveness. s activity, and a stretch only useful to embellish Richarlison's scissors, who received the blow. He hit a pass from Vinicius jr with his left foot, he turned around and went to the left. and connected He hit a forehand to score a bit of relief and that he would surely fight for the podium of the most beautiful of the World Cup in Qatar.