The heavily criticized forward scored an incredible second goal as the favorites defeated the underdogs 2-0 to make their presence known in Qatar. It’s safe to assume that Richarlison is the rightful owner of the shirt, putting an end to the discussion regarding who Brazil’s No. 9 should be. As the five-time World Cup champions kicked off their 2022 campaign in grand fashion by defeating Serbia 2-0 at Doha’s Lusail Iconic Stadium, the Tottenham player was the star, scoring twice. Tite’s team understood they would need to be totally focused if they were to stop Argentina, their fierce rivals, from suffering one of the greatest World Cup upsets against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
They were mercilessly exploiting their opponents’ shaky defense by scoring twice in the space of 11 second-half minutes, with Richarlison first acting quickly to score after Vinicius Junior’s attempt was stopped and then quickly adding a second with an incredible overhead kick. The Selecao would be guaranteed entry into the round of 16, and you would back them to do so with a victory over Switzerland on Monday. Brazil appears to have a team that can win the World Cup again after 20 years after its last championship.
The Performing Side:
Richarlison:isn’t particularly productive at the club level, but there’s something about that fabled yellow jersey that brings out his best. There has been much discussion over who should wear No. 9 for Brazil, but there won’t be any complaints anymore. With two goals in 15 appearances across all competitions and none in 10 Premier League games, his record this season for Spurs is modest. However, he has 19 goals in 39 international appearances for his country, including nine in his previous seven.
The first goal was scored with an excellent reaction, as the Serbian defender scored before Manchester United goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic could stop Vinicius Junior’s low shot. Then Richarlison delivered the encore, controlling Vinicus’ clever ball with a single touch before expertly changing his body to find the corner with an amazing, acrobatic finish. It was essentially his final act. Jesus took his place shortly after, and Tite was eager to avoid taking any chances with his injured ankle. If Brazil is to enjoy the Joy of Six in Qatar, they will need him.
Vinicius Junior: We are all aware of Brazil’s past performance in this competition and the joy their talented athletes have brought to the world throughout the years. Neymar received a lot of attention prior to the game, so it was a delight to watch the youngest player in Brazil’s front four make his debut and come off as completely at ease. At the age of 22, Vinicius is an accomplished player who has already won the Champions League and La Liga. He is also one of the most promising young attackers in world football.
His attempt was parried for the first goal by Richarlison, and his clever pass was perfectly finished for the second. He might have had a few himself, but he skewed one attempt wide and was stopped on another occasion by a brave stop from Milinkovic-Savic. He’ll think he could have improved on both occasions. He is the kind of player who will make you want to jump up from your seat, and the best part is that he will only become better.
Casemiro: In the midst of all the offensive prowess on display, here came another reminder that winning the midfield generally results in victory. Brazil easily won the midfield, thanks largely to Casemiro, who is now starting to shine after a subdued couple of months following his transfer to Manchester United. One of his first-half passes into Vinicius was really remarkable, and he came dangerously close to capping off a strong performance with a 25-yard screamer in the second. Unfortunately, the crossbar got in the way at that time, but despite that, this was a world-class performance by a world-class performer.
The Losing Side:
Aleksandar Mitrovic: The Serbian player who scored the most goals of all time does not have many happy memories of this particular evening. Despite the fact that Mitrovic has been in outstanding form for both club and country for more than 18 months, Serbia’s forward drive was minimal tonight as Brazil’s defenders dominated. The Fulham player finished the game without making a single contact with the goal or the opposition’s penalty area. Although Marquinhos and Thiago Silva both had easy games, Serbia will need their star player to carry them against Cameroon the next week.
Raphinha: Three of Brazil’s four starting forwards are aware that they will start against Switzerland on Monday. Raphinha is the other. The Barcelona man wasn’t horrible, but when major opportunities presented themselves, he flubbed his lines. Late in the first half, he choked a shot, and early in the second, he struck the goalkeeper. Then a careless touch blew another opportunity. Ultimately, it didn’t hurt his side, but only because Vinicius and Richarlison attended the gathering. The former Leeds man didn’t deliver, whereas they did. Jesus, Antony, and Gabriel Martinelli, among others, will undoubtedly be interested in his shirt.
Neymar: There is a national breath hold. Brazil’s best player collapsed to the ground with a frown on his face just after the team went up 2-0. Surely not another World Cup injury? Although his campaign was cut short in 2014 due to a back injury, Neymar didn’t exactly appear amused as he walked off the field to be replaced by Manchester United’s Antony. The game was won, and Tite has enough quality on his bench, so Brazil fans will hope that his exit was merely preventative. However, he had ice on his suspected damaged ankle as he sat on the court. Early indications do not seem good.
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