Richarlison scores twice in win over Serbia

Richarlison scores twice in win over Serbia

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The second Group G match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 saw Brazil claim an emphatic 2-0 win over Serbia.

The match got off to a slow start, with Serbia not gaining possession for any length of time until 17 minutes in, and when they did, they did nothing to worry their opponents. A few minutes later, Neymar had a beautifully struck shot blocked by Milos Veljkovic.

Serbia appeared strong in defence from the get-go, but didn’t make any real moves on goal until 25 minutes in, when Dusan Tadic sent a deep cross Mitrovic’s way with Alisson coming off his line to intercept.

Brazil’s Thiago Silva responded by putting Vinicius Jr through on goal, but Milinkovic-Savic pulled off a terrific save, diving at Vinicius’ feet.

Brazil should’ve got ahead 35 minutes in, when Raphina had the best chance of the match so far, but was timid in front of goal and was punished for it by Milinkovic-Savic.

As the half time whistle blew, Brazil filed off the pitch frustrated by a focused, well-organised Serbian side who had restricted them to one clear chance.

The tides clearly turned going into the second half, as Brazil almost went 1-0 up after 35 seconds. Serbia’s keeper made an almost fatal pass to Gudelj that was intercepted by Raphinha, but Milinkovic-Savic recovered himself in time to save it.

Sandro went on to hit the post out of no where, before Vinicius Jr had a shot on goal which was saved, only for Richarlison to catch the rebound and tap it into the net.

The chances didn’t stop coming from that point onwards, with Vinicius looking clear on goal, only to slip and send his shot wide. Not long after, Richalison made it two as Vinicius flicked a low cross to Richarlison who smashed a perfect volley into the bottom corner in what could be an early contender for goal of the tournament.

Vinicius Jr had been initially rumoured to not be match-fit, and was subbed off after the second goal, having played a key role in both. Richarlison and Neymar were also replaced going into the last ten minutes of normal time, as Tite’s side looked to be shutting up shop.

The match ended with Brazil having had 22 shots to Serbia’s four, with the Serbs not getting a single one on target as the Brazilians claimed an emphatic and well-deserved three points.