Richarlison performs Brazil as they beat Serbia, however Neymar is affected by damage scares

Richarlison scored twice as match favorites Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 of their World Cup opener on Thursday, however victory was marred by an ankle damage to captain Neymar.

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The five-time file winner had struggled at instances within the first half however improved after the break on the Lusail Stadium and was rewarded when Tottenham Hotspur striker Richarlison scored the opener within the 62nd minute after a Vinicius strike Junior was saved.

Vinicius then arrange Richarlison to attain once more within the 73rd minute with a surprising acrobatic effort which is unquestionably the World Cup goal to this point.

Nonetheless, Neymar was then compelled off with a sprained ankle which the Brazilian crew physician stated could be evaluated within the subsequent 48 hours.

Accidents have hampered Neymar on the match up to now and Brazil are hoping their World Cup is not over but, though supervisor Tite struck a constructive tone after the match.

“You may make sure that Neymar will play within the World Cup,” stated Tite.

Thursday’s consequence confirms Brazil’s excellent file within the group stage of the World Cup, the final defeat courting again to 1998 towards Norway.

Tite’s facet are already high of Group G forward of Switzerland, who beat Cameroon 1-0 earlier and can play Brazil later.

“We performed properly, particularly within the second half when our opponents began to get drained and we took benefit of that,” stated Richarlison, who he described as “a childhood dream come true” to attain objectives.

The consequence was the identical as when these two sides met within the group stage in 2018, however Brazil are decided to do a lot better than they did 4 years in the past once they misplaced to Belgium within the quarter-finals.

They arrived in Qatar because the favorites for a sixth title, 20 years after their final victory.

Different leads to first spherical matches in Qatar served as a cautionary story, with Argentina struggling a sensational defeat to Saudi Arabia in the identical stadium and Germany dropping to Japan.

Brazil would have identified they weren’t taking Serbia flippantly, however it could nonetheless have been an enormous shock for them to lose at a floor the place they intend to return for the ultimate on 18 December.

Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic stated his crew “fell bodily down” and added that accidents to key gamers, together with Juventus pair Dusan Vlahovic and Filip Kostic, have hampered his squad.

“We’ve got come right here with plenty of accidents to take care of which have affected key gamers. That is the best way it’s and now we have to face that reality,” she stated.

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Tite fielded a really attacking crew, with Neymar supporting Richarlison whereas Raphinha and Vinicius crammed the flanks and Lucas Paqueta added creativity in midfield.

Serbia did their finest to frustrate Neymar, who got here near scoring a direct aim from a nook that may have raised the roof of the magnificent Lusail Stadium, the place the stands had been full of green-and-yellows.

The most effective Brazilian moments within the first half got here when Thiago Silva’s cross that break up the protection discovered Vinicius within the field, just for goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic to sort out the Actual Madrid man, and when Raphinha performed one- two with Paqueta earlier than his shot was saved.

Barcelona winger Raphinha was once more concerned inside a minute of the restart when he stalked Nemanja Gudelj out of possession, however was once more cleared by the goalkeeper.

Nonetheless, Serbian resistance was damaged shortly after the hour.

The warning got here when Alex Sandro landed a left footed shot on the upright and the aim arrived two minutes later.

Neymar arrange Vinicius for a shot which Milinkovic-Savic handed in however the ball went to Richarlison who adopted on to attain.

Serbia responded by introducing Vlahovic, however Brazil had now discovered the tempo and when the second aim arrived it was worthy of crucial stage.

A cross from Vinicius with the skin of his proper boot was checked by Richarlison who then spun and leapt to attain in an outrageous acrobatic effort.

Brazil may have scored extra, with Casemiro having a shot over the bar blocked, however this was a promising begin, offered Neymar’s damage is not critical.