FIFA World Cup 2022: Richarlison's brace earns Brasil full points vs Serbia

  • Brasil defeated Serbia in their opener of the FIFA World Cup 
  • Richarlison scored a brace for Brasil in the second half 
  • Neymar, Vinicius Jr, played well as Brasil took 22 shots on the day 

25 Nov 2022

Richarlison needed three touches of the ball in the penalty area to turn the match in Group G of the FIFA World Cup. Playing Serbia on Thursday night, Brazil looked stuck despite repeatedly knocking on the door, but it was Richarlison, Brazil's most 'lost' player, who earned them a full three points in their World Cup opener.

The first goal, which came in the 62nd minute of the game, was a poaching finish thanks to constant pressure from the Brazilian forwards. But the second one, on beauty, Richarlison did himself in the 73rd minute of the match. Surrounded by red shirts in the middle of the penalty area, Richarlison left-footed the ball and then right-footed a thunderous bicycle kick for what could go down as one of the best goals of the current edition of the tournament.

It would still be Brazil's game as they knocked on Serbia's door, but it might not turn out the way Richarlison made it. Dominant in possession and creative in attack, Brazil largely lacked an end product today. Vinicius Junior, Neymar set the pace against Serbia but the European nation held on for as long as they could and time and time again threatened Brazil at the other end of the pitch.

Brazil enters the World Cup as the best team in the world. The team still have a long way to go before they lift their record sixth trophy, but they certainly looked like a side that could tear any other team apart on their day.

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