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By Rohith Nair
LUSAIL, Qatar (Reuters) – Brazil outclassed Serbia 2-0 of their World Cup opener on Thursday as Richarlison’s second-half targets, together with a spectacular overhead kick, propelled the five-times champions to the highest of Group G.
The Tottenham Hotspur ahead has been in effective type when sporting the golden yellow package of Brazil this 12 months and he opened the scoring with a straightforward tap-in earlier than doubling the lead along with his acrobatic effort.
It was his ninth purpose for Brazil in seven video games in 2022 as Brazil leapfrogged Switzerland, who’re second within the group after they beat Cameroon 1-0. Serbia are backside.
Tite’s determination to go along with 4 forwards – Neymar, Vinicius Jr., Raphinha and Richarlison – in his attacking lineup paid off handsomely because the South Individuals dominated the match and made Serbia work arduous each time they went ahead.
Vinicius used his aptitude and acceleration to good impact to continuously beat his man whereas Neymar, enjoying in a free function, typically discovered pockets of area, however a well-drilled Serbian defence stored Brazil at bay within the first half.
Brazil’s greatest likelihood of the half, nevertheless, got here when Neymar tried to catch goalkeeper Milinkovic-Savic off guard from a nook, whipping in an inswinger that was on track earlier than the Torino participant punched it clear.
Serbia had been sweating over the health of their all-time high scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic however coach Dragan Stojkovic named him within the beginning lineup.
Not like Brazil’s ahead line, nevertheless, which threatened from all sides, the Fulham striker discovered himself remoted up entrance with little service as skipper and playmaker Dusan Tadic struggled to affect proceedings.
The second half was one-way site visitors as Brazil shifted via the gears, Richarlison and Neymar losing gilt-edged possibilities contained in the field and Alex Sandro and Casemiro sending long-range efforts towards the woodwork.
The breakthrough got here simply after the hour from good work by Neymar to search out Vinicius, whose preliminary shot was saved by Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, however Richarlison was in the suitable place to faucet within the rebound for his first World Cup purpose.
Serbia had been enjoying conservatively as much as that time and had no selection however to pour ahead, which gave Brazil extra space and the second purpose from Richarlison introduced the most important roar of the evening from the Brazilian contingent.
As Richarlison tried to regulate a cross from Vinicius, the ball popped up over his head and he leapt up within the air to volley house a bicycle kick and seal the win for Brazil.
An virtually excellent evening for Brazil was, nevertheless, soured when Neymar got here off within the eightieth minute with what seemed like an ankle damage after a crunching deal with from Nikola Milenkovic.
It was the identical proper foot Neymar has had issues with earlier than and the Paris St Germain ahead sat on the bench along with his face coated whereas he acquired therapy as Brazil noticed out the match.