FIFA World Cup: Richarlison’s Brace Gives Brazil Hard-Fought Win vs Serbia


With a stunning second-half overhead scissor kick from Richarlison, tournament favorites Brazil cruised to a 2-0 victory over Serbia in their first World Cup game at Lucille Stadium on Thursday. The record five-time winners struggled for much of the first half but improved after the break and were rewarded when Tottenham Hotspur striker Richarlison followed up to score the opener in the 62nd minute when a Vinicius Junior’s shot is saved. Vinicius then set up Richarlison to score again in the 73rd minute with a stunning acrobatic effort that is surely the goal of the World Cup so far.

The result continued Brazil’s excellent record in the World Cup group stage, with their last defeat coming against Norway in 1998, when they had already secured a place in the next round.

Tite’s side now top Group G ahead of Switzerland, who beat Cameroon 1-0 earlier and who are Brazil’s next opponents.

The scoreline here was the same as when these teams met in the group stage in 2018 but Brazil are determined to do much better than when they lost to Belgium in the quarter-finals four years ago.

They arrive in Qatar as favorites to win a sixth title, two decades after their last triumph.

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Other results from the first-round matches in Qatar served as a warning, with arch-rivals Argentina slumping to Saudi Arabia at the same stadium and Germany stunned by Japan.

However, Brazil knew not to take Serbia lightly, as the 21st-placed side in the FIFA rankings are one of the most improved teams in Europe and topped their qualifying group above Portugal.

Yet it was a huge blow for Brazil to lose at a venue where they will be looking to return to the finals on 18 December.

Tate sent the team with a very aggressive attitude Neymar While Rafinha and Vinicius occupied the wings in support of Richarlison and lucas Paketa added creativity to the central midfield.

Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, needed just two goals to equalise the firstHis all-time tally for Brazil is 77, but he will have to wait a little longer to get them.

Serbia did their best to frustrate the Paris Saint-Germain superstar, who came close to scoring from an early corner that would have raised the roof at the magnificent Lucille Stadium, where the stands were filled with yellow and green.

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Brazil’s best moments came in the first half Thiago SilvaA defence-splitting pass found Vinicius in the box, only for goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic to thwart Real Madrid, and while Rafinha played a one-two with Paquetá before his shot was saved.

Barcelona winger Rafinha was involved again within a minute of the restart when he was struck Nemanja Gudelj Out of possession but again denied by the goalkeeper.

However, Serbia’s resistance was broken just after the hour mark.

When the warning came Alex Sandro A left-footed shot hit the upright and the goal came two minutes later.

Neymar set up Vinicius for a shot that Milinkovic-Savic got a hand on, but the ball broke to Richarlison who came on to score.

Serbia responded by bringing in exciting Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, who has been struggling with injury.

Yet Brazil have now found their stride and when the second goal came it deserved the biggest stage.

A Vinicius cross with the outside of his right boot was controlled by Richarlison who then spun around and leaped to score with an outrageous acrobatic effort.

Brazil could have scored more goals Casemiro Saw a shot bounce off the crossbar, but it was a very promising start.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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