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World Cup 2022: Brazil 2-0 Serbia - Richarlison scores both goals

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at the Lusail Iconic Stadium

Richarlison lit up the World Cup with a moment of Brazilian magic as the tournament favourites overcame Serbia's stubborn resistance to open their campaign with an impressive victory.

Brazil had to play a patient game to break down an organised Serbia rearguard but forced the breakthrough after 62 minutes when Tottenham striker Richarlison turned home a close-range finish after Vanja Milinkovic-Savic saved Vinicius Junior's effort.

Richarlison's crowning moment came 11 minutes later, at first mis-controlling a pass from Vinicius but readjusting brilliantly to take the aerial route and fire home an acrobatic right-foot finish.

It was no more than Brazil - backed by the massed ranks of their yellow-clad fans - deserved as they dominated throughout, with Alex Sandro and Casemiro hitting the woodwork and Milinkovic-Savic also saving superbly from Fred.

Brazil's performance made ominous viewing for their rivals, as did the sight of Gabriel Jesus, Antony and Gabriel Martinelli coming off the bench in a powerful show of squad strength, although there was the worrying sight of Neymar going off after taking a knock.

Brazil lay down World Cup marker

Brazil arrived in Qatar accompanied by the usual huge weight of expectation that always accompanies the five-time world champions, but if it was a burden they carried it lightly here.

From the scenes of players dancing on the team bus and on their way into the stadium to their performance, Brazil looked right at home and justified the belief of many that they will be the eventual winners.

Brazil were happy to keep probing in the face of outstanding Serbian defence but once they went through the gears after half-time they were irresistible.

Serbia, who did not have a shot on target, were already creaking when Richarlison pounced for the first goal and the game was over once he scored that truly exhilarating second.

Brazil could have added more as they tore holes in Serbia's tiring defence as the game wore on but this was a hugely satisfactory night for coach Tite in so many ways.

Neymar worked hard but was quiet, although he was involved in the build-up to Richarlson's first, but Vinicius showed how impressive he can be while Casemiro ruled midfield with his usual authority.

This was not an easy game for Brazil against the side ranked 21st in the world but ultimately they were comfortable and deserved winners.

Serbia finally broken down

Serbia's gameplan was to frustrate and steal something on the counter, as demonstrated by their players receiving high fives from coaching staff as they went off at half-time with the game goalless.

The ploy was ultimately unsuccessful but they can still take plenty from their performance.

Serbia are still in with a chance of qualifying as it is hard to see anyone coping with Brazil, and they demonstrated how difficult they will be to break down in their remaining games against Switzerland and Cameroon.

That said, they could not get any worthwhile service to main striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, while Dusan Tadic was unable to exert any influence.

Serbia are well-drilled and uncompromising - if they can add in a degree of service to Mitrovic then they have the potential to advance.

Player of the match

Vinícius JúniorVinícius Júnior

with an average of 8.06

Brazil

  1. Squad number20Player nameVinícius Júnior
    Average rating

    8.06

  2. Squad number10Player nameNeymar
    Average rating

    7.32

  3. Squad number9Player nameRicharlison
    Average rating

    7.04

  4. Squad number5Player nameCasemiro
    Average rating

    6.94

  5. Squad number26Player nameGabriel Martinelli
    Average rating

    6.84

  6. Squad number3Player nameThiago Silva
    Average rating

    6.73

  7. Squad number4Player nameMarquinhos
    Average rating

    6.71

  8. Squad number11Player nameRaphinha
    Average rating

    6.66

  9. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    6.57

  10. Squad number18Player nameGabriel Jesus
    Average rating

    6.57

  11. Squad number21Player nameRodrygo
    Average rating

    6.46

  12. Squad number6Player nameAlex Sandro
    Average rating

    6.43

  13. Squad number7Player nameLucas Paquetá
    Average rating

    6.38

  14. Squad number2Player nameDanilo
    Average rating

    6.30

  15. Squad number8Player nameFred
    Average rating

    6.15

  16. Squad number19Player nameAntony
    Average rating

    6.11

Serbia

  1. Squad number10Player nameTadic
    Average rating

    6.37

  2. Squad number9Player nameMitrovic
    Average rating

    6.36

  3. Squad number20Player nameS Milinkovic-Savic
    Average rating

    6.29

  4. Squad number23Player nameV Milinkovic-Savic
    Average rating

    6.07

  5. Squad number4Player nameMilenkovic
    Average rating

    5.97

  6. Squad number2Player namePavlovic
    Average rating

    5.89

  7. Squad number5Player nameVeljkovic
    Average rating

    5.86

  8. Squad number16Player nameLukic
    Average rating

    5.83

  9. Squad number25Player nameMladenovic
    Average rating

    5.81

  10. Squad number14Player nameZivkovic
    Average rating

    5.81

  11. Squad number8Player nameGudelj
    Average rating

    5.77

  12. Squad number6Player nameMaksimovic
    Average rating

    5.17

  13. Squad number18Player nameVlahovic
    Average rating

    5.02

  14. Squad number7Player nameRadonjic
    Average rating

    4.93

  15. Squad number24Player nameIlic
    Average rating

    4.93

  16. Squad number22Player nameLazovic
    Average rating

    4.78

Line-ups

Brazil

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Alisson
  • 2Danilo
  • 4Marquinhos
  • 3Thiago Silva
  • 6Alex Sandro
  • 7Lucas PaquetáSubstituted forFredat 75'minutes
  • 5Casemiro
  • 11RaphinhaSubstituted forMartinelliat 87'minutes
  • 10NeymarSubstituted forAntonyat 80'minutes
  • 20Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forRodrygoat 76'minutes
  • 9RicharlisonSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Fred
  • 12Weverton
  • 13Alves da Silva
  • 14Militão
  • 15Fabinho
  • 16Alex Telles
  • 17Bruno Guimarães
  • 18Gabriel Jesus
  • 19Antony
  • 21Rodrygo
  • 22Éverton Ribeiro
  • 23Ederson
  • 24Bremer
  • 25Pedro
  • 26Martinelli

Serbia

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 23V Milinkovic-Savic
  • 4Milenkovic
  • 5Veljkovic
  • 2PavlovicBooked at 7mins
  • 14ZivkovicSubstituted forRadonjicat 57'minutes
  • 16LukicBooked at 64minsSubstituted forLazovicat 66'minutes
  • 8GudeljBooked at 49minsSubstituted forIlicat 57'minutes
  • 25MladenovicSubstituted forVlahovicat 66'minutes
  • 10Tadic
  • 20S Milinkovic-Savic
  • 9MitrovicSubstituted forMaksimovicat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Dmitrovic
  • 3Erakovic
  • 6Maksimovic
  • 7Radonjic
  • 11Jovic
  • 12Rajkovic
  • 13Mitrovic
  • 15Babic
  • 17Kostic
  • 18Vlahovic
  • 19Racic
  • 21Djuricic
  • 22Lazovic
  • 24Ilic
  • 26Grujic
Referee:
Alireza Faghani
Attendance:
88,103

Match Stats

Home TeamBrazilAway TeamSerbia
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home23
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brazil 2, Serbia 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brazil 2, Serbia 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nemanja Radonjic (Serbia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Ilic.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Brazil).

  5. Post update

    Strahinja Pavlovic (Serbia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Fred (Brazil).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Gabriel Martinelli (Brazil).

  8. Post update

    Darko Lazovic (Serbia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Antony (Brazil) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Marquinhos.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Gabriel Martinelli replaces Raphinha.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rodrygo (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Antony.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Serbia. Conceded by Alisson.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nikola Milenkovic (Serbia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Brazil. Raphinha tries a through ball, but Rodrygo is caught offside.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Serbia. Nemanja Maksimovic replaces Aleksandar Mitrovic.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fred (Brazil) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Casemiro.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rodrygo (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fred.

  19. Post update

    Casemiro (Brazil) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Brazil. Antony replaces Neymar because of an injury.

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