Briefly, Brazil overcame Serbia in their World Cup debut.
In the second half, Richarlison scored twice for Brazil. Neymar and Vinicius Jr. also performed admirably as Brazil attempted 22 shots overall.
Richarlison only needed three touches of the ball inside the penalty area to shift the tide of the FIFA World Cup match in Group G. Brazil appeared stuck against Serbia on Thursday night despite repeatedly pounding on the door, but Richarlison, the team’s most “lost” player, was the one who gave Brazil the full three points in their World Cup debut.
Due to persistent pressure from Brazil’s strikers, the game’s first goal—a poacher’s finish—came in the 62nd minute. However, Richarlison created the second one, the stunning play, on his own in the 73rd minute of the game.
Richarlison popped the ball with his left foot and then unleashed a powerful bicycle kick with his right, which may go down as one of the best goals of the current tournament while being surrounded by red shirts in the middle of the penalty box.
The Lusail Stadium crowd struggled to catch its breath as Richarlison’s goal against Serbia put Brazil ahead two goals.
Brazil would have won the match regardless of how they approached Serbian doors, but it might not have transpired as Richarlison intended. Brazil was dominant in possession and inventive in their approach, but, for the most part, they lacked the final product today. Vinicius Junior and Neymar quickly attacked Serbia, but the European country held on for as long as they could, occasionally posing a threat to Brazil on the other side of the field.
Brazil is the best team in the world going into the World Cup. And they certainly are, without a question. The Brazilian players that came off the bench have the ability to start in any other starting XI in the world, and they demonstrated this by playing with intensity in the game’s closing minutes.
The Thiago Silva team attempted a total of 22 shots, of which 8 found the target and a couple others hit the crossbar. Brazil’s victory may not be as alarming as England’s 6-2 victory over Iran, but this team undoubtedly had the best ball possession.
The club still has a long way to go before they win their record-breaking sixth championship, but they certainly gave the impression of being a team that, on their best day, could destroy any other.
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