Richarlison’s goalscoring form continues for Brazil, as the 5-time World Cup winners opened their Group G challenge at the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Serbia, thanks to the Tottenham striker’s 2 goals in the second half.
What happened in the game between Brazil and Serbia?
Brazil dominated possession for the most part of the first half but was unable to get past Serbia’s defense. Instead, Brazil was relying on moments of individual brilliance and talent, Neymar’s clever inswinging corner was only just clawed away by goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.
Vinicius Junior was looking threatening at the left flank whereas, his opposite winger, Raphinha, went closest to finding a way through, after exchanging passes with Lucas Paqueta, only to prod his shot straight at the goalkeeper, who also saved sharply at the feet of Vinicius.
Brazil came out in the second half at an increased tempo, Vanja Milinkovic-Savic having to deny Raphinha within a few seconds of the restart before Neymar sliced wide from Vinicius’ cross.
Alex Sandro then smashed a long-range effort off the post on the hour, but two minutes later, the South American side was in front. Neymar made the initial run into the area, the ball breaking for Vinicius and, though Milinkovic-Savic kept out his low shot, Richarlison was on hand to turn in the rebound.
The Tottenham striker’s 2nd goal was even more special — a flick into the air from Vinicius’ low cross preceding a spectacular volley that made it 9 goals in his last seven international appearances.
Brazil continued to push forward in the closing stages, Casemiro curling a shot against the crossbar, but the South American side had already secured a solid opening victory. Neymar picked up a small/minor ankle injury in the 79th minute of the game.