Richarlison scored a brace to help Brazil produce one of the most comfortable football scores of the midweek action in the World Cup. The top-ranked team was kept at bay by the European team for more than an hour, but after Vanja Milinkovic-Savic diverted a shot from Vinicius Junior into his path, the Tottenham striker gave Brazil the lead with a close-range finish. Then, Richarlison doubled the lead with an amazing turn-and-shot goal at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar, beating the Serbia goalie. His superb performance more than vindicated Brazil’s selection of him over Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal.
For an hour, Serbia made it difficult. By the time the game was done, no one could remember Brazil’s stunning triumph over its opponents. As soon as Serbia needed to look for a goal, there were opportunities for them to seize. Vinicius seemed to be making a lot of trouble and was pretty hazardous. Despite having his moments, Neymar’s injury late in the game is very concerning. But given this team’s wide range of offensive possibilities, optimism should rule the day after today. Jesus, Antony, Rodrygo, and Gabriel Martinelli all started to play as Brazil began to fully enjoy itself. At the other end of the field, Casemiro was protecting the defense and looked powerful.
Neymar was expected to redeem himself in this World Cup after two failed championship bids. For Paris Saint-Germain, he entered the competition in great shape, so this is likely his final chance. Now, a wound could derail his plans. There have been disturbing images of his swollen ankle as well as the image of him slumped on the bench after being replaced. Even though there are still 11 days until Brazil’s likely round of 16 encounters, Neymar has little time to rest and play at his best.
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