Brazil wins (and convinces) in their debut: Richarlison’s brace decides

The Brazil starts off on the right foot and beats the debut on the Serbia with a score of , in the match that closes the first day of Group G of the World Cup in Qatar. Tite’s team suffers in the first half when they suffer from the physicality of a very square Serbia, which concedes very little to the Brazilians. In the second half, the green-gold national team raises the pace and puts on a show. Absolute protagonist Richardson. Before him, the Tottenham striker took advantage of a short clearance from Milinkovic-Savic to make it 1-0, then scored his personal brace with a spectacular scissor kick. Three important points, which are worth joining Switzerland at the top G group but above all an important message for all rivals, for the final victory we will have to deal with a great Brazil.

The match

In Brazil the novelty is Paqueta and not Fred in the midfield next to Casemiro, while in attack it is Richarlison who wins the ballot with Gabriel Jesus. For the rest Tite launches all the jewels of him: Neymar, Vinicius Jr and Raphinha. He surprises even in Serbia. One above all: Dusan Vlakhovic starts from the bench. On the pitch, space for Tadic and Milinkovic-Savic behind Mitrovic, the other Juventus player Kostic also inside Mladenovic on the left.

First half

The first fraction is devoid of great emotions and reserves more difficulties than expected for Brazil. The green-gold national team keeps the ball in hand, trying to exploit the speed of Neymar and Raphinha, without ever creating goal chances. Serbia holds up well and concedes little space. The first ring comes on 27′, pocketed by Thiago Silva for Vinicius Jr but Milinkovic-Savic anticipates him by a whisker. Again Raphina, the most active of the Brazilians, exchanges in the area with Paquetà then kicks weakly.


Second half

In the second half we start immediately strong. Raphinha steals the ball from Gudelj, goes for a shot, but Milinkovic-Savic closes the mirror on the way out. Brazil’s engine revs rise: Vinicius Jr breaks through on the left, returns on the right and puts it in the centre: Stojkovic’s rearguard is still attentive. In the golden quarter of the second half, Brazil is very close to scoring: Alex Sandro kick from distance to the corner, the ball ends up on the post. The goal is in the air. Magic of Neymar, who with a feint of the body goes two men away and sets up for Vinicius Jr. Milinkovic-Savic opposes the round shot, but his rejection ends up on Richarlison, who repeats the first time on the net. Serbia tries to react but shortly after the Brazilian doubles. Vinicius Jr finishes for Richarlison: the Tottenham forward adjusts the ball and scores with a spectacular scissor kick. On the pitch now there’s only Brazil who nearly make it three with Casemiro, his shot from outside ends up on the crossbar. The rest of the match is pure academy for the Brazilians, who conquer a convincing and deserved victory.

The scoreboard

BRAZIL (4-2-3-1) – Alison; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Paqueta (30’st Fred); Raphinha (43’st Martinelli), Neymar (35’st Antony), Vinicius Jr (31’st Rodrigo); Richarlison (34’st Gabriel Jesus). Subs: Ederson, Weverton, Bremer, Eder Militao, Dani Alves, Telles, Fabinho, B.Guimaraes. E.Ribeiro, Pedro. Ct: Tite.

SERBIA (3-4-2-1) – V. Milinkovic-Savic; Veljkovic, Milenkovic, Pavlovic; Zivkovic (12’st Radonjic), Lukic (21’st Vlahovic), Gudelj (12’st Ilic), Mladenovic (21’st Lazovic); S. Milinkovic-Savic, Tadic; Mitrovic (39’st Maksimovic). Subs: Dmitrovic, Rajkovic, Mitrovic, Erakovic, Babic, Racic, Kostic, Duricic, Grujic, Jovic. ct: Dragan Stojkovic.

Scorers: Richarlison (B) 17’st and 28’st

Booked: Pavlovic (S), Gudelj (S). Lukic (S)

Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)

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