World Cup – Brazil – Serbia | Brazilians dominate Serbia, Neymar out through injury

Brazil have respected their status as favourites. For its entry into the running in a World Cup that many think will see it moderate for the sixth time in its history, the Seleçao delivered a big performance to dominate a fierce Serbia in defense but which ended up cracking (2-0). It was Richarlison, with a double, including a splendid achievement, which allowed Tite’s men to make the difference, and to join Switzerland, winner of Cameroon a little earlier (1-0), at the top of the group. G. Only downside, and what a downside: Neymar is out injured.

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There will have been no exploit for Serbia. Like four years ago in Russia, the team coached by Dragan Stojkovic lost 2-0 to an unleashed Brazil offensively, who eventually hit 10 of their 24 attempts throughout the game. With an unsurprising starting lineup, and its combination of great attacking talent, the South Americans imposed a hellish pace on the Eagles.

19 shots, including 7 on target, in the second half for Brazil

But like an often imperial Nikola Milenkovic in the duel, the Serbs showed great collective discipline not to give in on the many opposing opportunities in the first period (14th, 22nd, 27th, 35th, 41st). Vinicius Jr or Raphinha, who most often stood out, were also sorely short of goal. That was before Richarlison came out of his box.

Taking advantage of an opposing defense increasingly marked by the efforts made since the kick-off, the Tottenham striker first took advantage of a sudden strike from Vinicius repelled by Vanja Milinkovic-Savic to regain the ball at the back of the net (1-0, 62nd). Far from stopping there, the Auriverde continued to bring danger to Serbian maize.

Until, on a serve from the Real Madrid striker, Richarlison put on a show at the penalty spot: his left foot control, raising the ball, allowed him to follow up with a magnificent acrobatic recovery , who hit the mark (2-0, 73rd). Saved twice by its amounts in the 2nd act (60th, 81st), Vanja Milinkovic-Savic can even be satisfied to leave with such a slight addition. The only source of concern on the side of the Seleçao, Neymar left at the end of the match (80th), the black look, it seems hit in an ankle. What darken the results of a magnificent Brazilian evening?

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