Two objectives from Richarlison impressed Brazil to a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Serbia on Thursday night.
A scrappy sport got here to life after the break as Brazil discovered their groove and Richarlison grabbed two spectacular objectives to present the pre-tournament favourites the perfect begin to life in Qatar.
Neymar practically caught out Serbia goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic immediately from a nook after ten minutes, with the previous Manchester United goalkeeper reacting properly to beat the ball away.
Milinkovic-Savic got here to his crew’s rescue once more quickly after as he raced off his line to confront the electrical Vinicius Junior, diving on the Actual Madrid man’s toes to clear the hazard earlier than he might get a shot off.
Raphinha and Vinicius Junior ought to have carried out much better with possibilities quickly after as Brazil, whereas dominant, failed to actually ask any questions of the 6’9 monster in between Serbia’s posts inside the primary 45 minutes.
After the break, Brazil’s first actual alternative got here after ten minutes as Neymar misjudged a cross and slashed an excellent probability properly large of the aim.
Alex Sandro then struck the put up with a fierce strike from vary, earlier than Richarlison lastly opened the scoring simply after the hour mark.
Some good work within the field from Neymar ended with the ball on the toes of Vinicius, whose strike was parried into the trail of the Tottenham ahead to faucet dwelling and put Brazil deservedly forward.
His first was a bit scrappy however there was nothing however class about Richarlison’s second. With quarter-hour to go, he received as much as meet a cross with an outrageous bicycle kick which thundered into the again of the web and sealed the win in emphatic fashion.
Casemiro had a sensational try at a 3rd as he fired at aim from vary, however Milinkovic-Savic was equal to it.
They did not want the third, nonetheless, as Serbia provided little or no going forwards and allowed Brazil to waltz to victory.
GK: Alisson – 6/10 – Did not have an entire lot to do.
RB: Danilo – 5/10 – Defensively sound however video games like this require extra in assault.
CB: Thiago Silva – 8/10 – Did the whole lot he wanted on the again and operated like a quarterback in possession, choosing aside Serbia’s defence with ease.
CB: Marquinhos – 7/10 – Equally as comfy as his defensive accomplice. Might be relieved to have prevented a battle with Mitrovic.
LB: Alex Sandro – 5/10 – Wanted to take action rather more down the left wing.
DM: Casemiro – 8/10 – Chic passing vary. Did not have numerous defending to take action had all the liberty on the planet to flash his extra inventive facet.
DM: Lucas Paqueta – 7/10 – Did not play as deep as his position would counsel as he had loads of alternatives to drag the strings in midfield.
RM: Raphinha – 4/10 – Bumped into just a few lifeless ends and responsible of some actually underwhelming photographs on aim. Did not actually search for for it towards Serbia’s bruising defenders.
AM: Neymar – 6/10 – Focused by loads of fouls however dropped deeper within the second half to attempt to orchestrate issues somewhat higher. Made some questionable selections at instances.
LM: Vinicius Junior – 8/10 – A continuing menace down the left and walked away with a few assists.
ST: Richarlison – 7/10 – Extremely quiet earlier than his objectives however appeared an enormous menace after the break.
SUB: Fred (75′ for Paqueta) – 6/10
SUB: Rodrygo (75′ for Vinicius) – 7/10
SUB: Antony (79′ for Neymar) – 6/10
SUB: Gabriel Jesus (79′ for Richarlison) – 6/10
SUB: Gabriel Martinelli (87′ for Raphinha) – N/A
Supervisor: Tite – 7/10 – Criticised on-line by followers who did not see the worth in substituting his high gamers when the sport was already gained. Made quite a few good calls right here.
GK: Vanja Milinkovic-Savic – 7/10 – Flew off his line to make a courageous problem on Vinicius Junior within the first half. Commanded his field.
CB: Milos Veljkovic – 6/10 – Just a few determined blocks at instances however you’ll be able to’t fault the trouble.
CB: Nikola Milenkovic – 7/10 – An actual monster towards Brazil’s forwards within the first half. Unlucky to lose his clear sheet.
CB: Strahinja Pavlovic – 7/10 – Wasn’t terrified of Raphinha’s tempo in anyway. Went toe-to-toe with him and virtually all the time got here out on high.
RM: Andrija Zivkovic – 5/10 – Did a strong job defensively however his lack of motion in assault ensured Serbia remained on the again foot for the primary hour.
CM: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – 6/10 – Had just a few scrumptious runs from deep however was largely saved out of issues by Casemiro.
CM: Nemanja Gudelj – 7/10 – His yellow card early within the second half modified the tone of the sport as he could not keep his spectacular defensive ranges.
CM: Sasa Lukic – 6/10 – Did a good defensive job. Appeared decided to tear Neymar’s shirt off at instances.
LM: Filip Mladenovic – 4/10 – His lack of attacking output was an enormous challenge earlier than his substitution.
AM: Dusan Tadic – 5/10 – Had the odd good second however could not get as concerned as he is used to at membership degree.
ST: Aleksandar Mitrovic – 2/10 – Starved of service however did not do an entire lot to assist himself.
SUB: Ivan Ilic (57′ for Gudelj) – 5/10
SUB: Nemanja Radonjic (57′ for Zivkovic) – 5/10
SUB: Dusan Vlahovic (66′ for Mladenovic) – 5/10
SUB: Darko Lazovic (66′ for Lukic) – 5/10
SUB: Nemanja Maksimovic (83′ for Mitrovic) – N/A
Supervisor: Dragan Stojkovic – 5/10 – Tried to set his facet as much as be powerful to beat however could not give you a solution to stay with Brazil. Gave the impression to be chasing shadows within the second half as he modified methods.