After a goalless first half, the World No. 1 facet introduced out its finest within the second half to outclass Serbia, who regarded out of depth in the long run. Brazil broke the impasse when Richarlison scored from shut vary within the 62nd minute, earlier than the striker added a spectacular overhead kick to double the lead 11 minutes later.
The Tottenham Hotspur ahead has been in positive type when sporting the golden yellow equipment of Brazil this yr and he opened the scoring with a straightforward tap-in earlier than doubling the lead together with his acrobatic effort.
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Tite’s determination to go along with 4 forwards – Neymar, Vinicius Jr., Raphinha and Richarlison – in his attacking lineup paid off handsomely because the South People dominated the match and made Serbia work exhausting each time they went ahead.
Vinicius used his acceleration to good impact to continually beat his man whereas Neymar, enjoying in a free function, usually discovered pockets of house, however a well-drilled Serbian defence saved Brazil at bay within the first half.
Serbia had been sweating over the health of their all-time high scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic however coach Dragan Stojkovic named him within the beginning lineup.
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Not like Brazil’s ahead line, nevertheless, which threatened from all sides, the Fulham striker discovered himself remoted up entrance with little service.
The second half was one-way site visitors as Brazil shifted by means of the gears, Richarlison and Neymar losing gilt-edged possibilities contained in the field and Alex Sandro and Casemiro sending long-range efforts towards the woodwork.
The breakthrough got here simply after the hour from good work by Neymar to seek out Vinicius, whose preliminary shot was saved by Vanja Milinkovic-Savic, however Richarlison was in the proper place to faucet within the rebound for his first World Cup aim.
Serbia had been enjoying conservatively as much as that time and had no selection however to pour ahead, which gave Brazil extra space and the second aim from Richarlison introduced the largest roar of the night time from the Brazilian contingent.
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As Richarlison tried to regulate a cross from Vinicius, the ball popped up over his head and he leapt up within the air to volley residence a bicycle kick and seal the win for Brazil.
Such was Brazil’s dominance that they made as many as 22 makes an attempt on aim within the match with eight on course, whereas Serbia did not hit the goal of their 5 makes an attempt. Brazil now jumped to the highest of the group standings with the win.
Switzerland are second within the group after they beat Cameroon 1-0 and Serbia are backside.
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