Brazil’s World Cup campaign got off to a successful start on Thursday in Qatar with a 2-0 victory against Serbia. Richarlison was the hero for Brazil, scoring both of the team’s goals, including a spectacular one in the second half.
In the first half of the match, Brazil had the bulk of possession while Serbia’s goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic made many saves to prevent a goal from being scored despite Brazil having the more formidable striking force.
In the 27th minute, Brazil came near to taking the lead when Thiago Silva slipped a low pass into the box; however, Milinkovic-Savic did well to clear the ball, and he also stopped a low effort from winger Raphinha. Brazil came close to grabbing the lead in the 27th minute.
After the halftime break, Tite’s squad came out firing, and Serbia were very fortunate not to go down when Milinkovic-Savic made a fantastic stop on Raphinha and Alex Sandro’s tremendous effort from a distance struck the post.
After Vinicius Junior’s close-range attempt was saved by Milinkovic-Savic, Richarlison capitalised on a loose ball in front of goal to score Brazil’s opening goal just beyond the hour mark with their 15th shot of the match.
When Richarlison’s effort to settle a Vinicius cross into the area went up in the air, the Tottenham striker turned to his left and slammed a side lateral volley past Milinkovic-Savic to put Brazil up 2-0. Richarlison then doubled his score with an amazing finish to put Brazil up 2-0.
This is the ninth goal that Richarlison has scored for Brazil so far in 2018.
Brazil, who finished the day on top of Group H on goal difference over Switzerland, saw out the victory to put the stamp on their credentials as World Cup favourites heading into the tournament. There was no way back for Serbia as Brazil saw out the win to put the mark on their credentials.
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