Richarlison put shine on Brazil’s debut this Thursday at the World Cup in Qatar by scoring the two goals of the victory against a tough and seasoned Serbia, one of them in a spectacular overhead kick.
The Tottenham (ENG) striker, who is playing his first World Cup, cracked the Balkan defense in the second half (62, 73) and put the ‘Seleção’, one of the favorites for the title, at the head of Group G. They are followed by Switzerland, who beat Cameroon 1-0 earlier.
Without a lucid Neymar, who left the field (79) after a blow, the 25-year-old ‘9’ shirt rescued a ‘Canarinha’ that he suffered to deactivate the iron defensive system proposed by Dragan Stojkovic, resistant until minute 62 in part due to the reflexes of goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.
Both teams collided in the stunning Lusail Stadium, almost completely occupied (capacity 88,966 people). and that it will host the final of the tournament on December 18. Although the ‘yellow’ shirts were the majority, they did not infect the traditional South American passion.
In the second day, on Monday, Brazil will face Switzerland at the 974 stadium. Serbia and Cameroon, meanwhile, will clash to stay alive on the same day, although earlier, at Al Janoub.
– Tough nut to crack –
Without complexes or fears and playing “intelligent football”. In the first half, Serbia fully complied with the instructions issued by its coach one day before the debut in the first World Cup held in an Arab country.
The ‘Águilas’ bothered the five-time champions and their offensive formation too much, in which Casemiro He was the only containment midfielder, backed by a man with a creative profile like Lucas Paquetá.
The choice of Tite had little to do with a team that came out to propose with the difficulty they found to develop their game: between the Serbian physical strength and Stojkovic’s approach they cut the Brazilian circuits.
The four pure attackers of the ‘scratch’ barely caused three chances to score in the first 45 minutes, in a corner taken by Neymar (13) that Milinkovic-Savic prevented it from being an Olympic goal; in an assist from Thiago Silva (27) that left Vinicius Jr face to face with the goalkeeper, whose quick exit dispersed the risk; and in a shot missed by Raphinha (34).
Harassed by the Balkan fans with some frequency when he touched the ball, ‘Ney’ contained himself before the rival fouls (5) that interrupted their desires to do harm.
– Flight of the ‘Dove’ –
Serbia’s commitment to field a single man in the lead, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Leaving his strike partner, Dusan Vlahovic, on the bench, allowed him to take over the midfield and mortify Brazil.
Although the task was incomplete, because Alisson was a mere spectator due to the defensive sacrifice of Mitrovic and captain Dusan Tadic.
The rear guard, however, had cracks at the beginning of the second half, especially due to the lack of concentration of Nemanja Gudelj and the fight of Raphinha and Vinicius Jr in the bands.
The Barcelona (ESP) winger tormented the Sevilla (ESO) midfielder, even forcing him to lose the ball on the edge of the area (46) and causing a new intervention by Milinkovic-Savic. Stojkovic reacted early and replaced Gudelj (57) with Ivan Ilic.
When his hands did not silence Brazil’s coup attempts, the Torino (ITA) goalkeeper cHe was on with 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 Neymarwas taken advantage of by Richarlison’s right leg to the relief of a Brazil that upon returning from the locker room was more incisive.
Then he would have more activity, and a stretch only useful to embellish Richarlison’s scissors, who received a pass from Vinicius jr with his left foot, turned and hit a right foot to score a bit of relief and surely fight for the podium of the most beautiful of the World Cup in Qatar.