Richarlison scores stunning volley in Brazil win

2 months ago 43

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at the Lusail Iconic Stadium

Last updated on 1 minute ago.From the section Football

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.

Relive the action and reaction Neymar's last chance to bring Brazil World Cup success?Fifa World Cup: Groups & ScheduleWorld Cup TV Coverage guide

More to follow.

helpHow to play

Rate players out of 10 throughout or after the game. The rater will close 30 minutes after the final whistle.

Rating range key1 = Give it up10 = Pure perfection

Brazil

Squad number1Player nameAlisson

Squad number2Player nameDanilo

Squad number4Player nameMarquinhos

Squad number3Player nameThiago Silva

Squad number6Player nameAlex Sandro

Squad number7Player nameLucas Paquetá

Squad number5Player nameCasemiro

Squad number11Player nameRaphinha

Squad number10Player nameNeymar

Squad number20Player nameVinícius Júnior

Squad number9Player nameRicharlison

Squad number8Player nameFred

Squad number18Player nameGabriel Jesus

Squad number19Player nameAntony

Squad number21Player nameRodrygo

Squad number26Player nameGabriel Martinelli

Serbia

Squad number23Player nameMilinkovic-Savic

Squad number4Player nameMilenkovic

Squad number5Player nameVeljkovic

Squad number2Player namePavlovic

Squad number14Player nameZivkovic

Squad number16Player nameLukic

Squad number8Player nameGudelj

Squad number25Player nameMladenovic

Squad number10Player nameTadic

Squad number20Player nameMilinkovic-Savic

Squad number9Player nameMitrovic

Squad number6Player nameMaksimovic

Squad number7Player nameRadonjic

Squad number18Player nameVlahovic

Squad number22Player nameLazovic

Squad number24Player nameIlic

Line-ups

Brazil

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Alisson2Danilo4Marquinhos3Thiago Silva6Lobo Silva7Tolentino Coelho de LimaSubstituted forFredat 75'minutes5Casemiro11RaphinhaSubstituted forMartinelliat 87'minutes10NeymarSubstituted forAntonyat 80'minutes20Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forRodrygoat 76'minutes9RicharlisonSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 79'minutes

Substitutes

8Fred12Pereira da Silva13Alves da Silva14Militão15Fabinho16Nicolao Telles17Bruno Guimarães18Gabriel Jesus19Antony21Rodrygo22de Barros Ribeiro23Ederson24Silva Nascimento25Abreu dos Santos26Martinelli

Serbia

Formation 3-4-2-1

23Milinkovic-Savic4Milenkovic5Veljkovic2PavlovicBooked at 7mins14ZivkovicSubstituted forRadonjicat 57'minutes16LukicBooked at 64minsSubstituted forLazovicat 66'minutes8GudeljBooked at 49minsSubstituted forIlicat 57'minutes25MladenovicSubstituted forVlahovicat 66'minutes10Tadic20Milinkovic-Savic9MitrovicSubstituted forMaksimovicat 83'minutes

Substitutes

1Dmitrovic3Erakovic6Maksimovic7Radonjic11Jovic12Rajkovic13Mitrovic15Babic17Kostic18Vlahovic19Racic21Djuricic22Lazovic24Ilic26Grujic

Referee:Alireza Faghani

Attendance:88,103

Live Text

Match ends, Brazil 2, Serbia 0.

Second Half ends, Brazil 2, Serbia 0.

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

Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Brazil).

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

Hand ball by Fred (Brazil).

Foul by Gabriel Martinelli (Brazil).

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

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

Substitution, Brazil. Gabriel Martinelli replaces Raphinha.

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

Corner, Serbia. Conceded by Alisson.

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

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

Substitution, Serbia. Nemanja Maksimovic replaces Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.

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

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

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

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

BBC Sport app banner

Get the latest results and goal notifications for any team at the Fifa World Cup by downloading the BBC Sport app: Appleexternal-link - Androidexternal-link - Amazonexternal-link

BBC Sport bannerBBC Sounds logo

Get your daily dose of Fifa World Cup reaction, debate & analysis with World Cup Daily on BBC Sounds

Read Entire Article