LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Richelieu got here on for the Seleção after Neymar was sidelined with an ankle harm.
Richarlison scored each objectives with a spectacular acrobatic strike from shut vary as Brazil cruised to a 2-0 win over Serbia on the World Cup on Thursday.
The Tottenham striker realized the extent of Neymar’s harm after the match.
“A very powerful factor for us is to maintain him 100% for the following sport,” stated Richarlison, his first goal after the build-up began by Neymar. “Once I go to the lodge, I’m going to see how he is doing.”
Brazil staff physician Rodrigo Lasmar stated Neymar sprained his proper ankle. He declined to invest on whether or not he can be obtainable to play within the staff’s subsequent match towards Switzerland on Monday.
“We put ice on it whereas he was on the bench, then bodily remedy,” Lasmar stated. “No testing is at the moment scheduled however we are going to schedule one if wanted. He’ll stay underneath statement. We are going to know extra tomorrow. “
Neymar was additionally injured within the 2014 World Cup. His event at house to Brazil ended with a again harm within the quarter-finals towards Colombia when he needed to be carried off the sphere on a stretcher. Brazil misplaced 7-1 to Germany within the semi-finals.
Neymar was fouled 9 occasions within the match towards Serbia, 4 greater than every other participant at this World Cup up to now. However the opposing defenders couldn’t cease Richarlison whereas taking good care of Neymar.
He had his again to objective when he used one contact to deliver the ball into the air close to the penalty spot, then spun round and leapt to the bottom earlier than driving the ball into the web along with his proper foot within the 73rd minute.
“My childhood dream has come true,” stated Richarlison, who’s taking part in in his first World Cup. “We knew it could be troublesome to get previous them. I am used to taking part in towards defenses like this in England. I wished to benefit from the alternatives I had and was given.
Brazil struggled to interrupt previous the Serbian protection till Richarlison scored within the 62nd minute. Each objectives have been assisted by Vinícius Junior.
Aiming for his first main title with Brazil, Neymar scored 75 objectives for the nationwide staff, simply shy of Pele’s file.
He was tackled a number of occasions and sprained his proper ankle within the second half. Substituted in 79 and crying on the bench, he limped off the sphere.
Brazil coach Tite began with an attack-minded squad that featured 4 forwards – Neymar, Vinicius Jr., Rafinha and Richelieu. Attacking midfielder Lucas Paquetá performed alongside Casemiro, the lone defensive midfielder.
However Serbia had a number of gamers again and have been capable of stop Brazil from creating many important probabilities. Neymar tried to regulate the tempo however tried to interrupt free. He, Vinícius Júnior and Raphinha all wasted probabilities early on.
Earlier than Richarlison’s opener, Brazil’s greatest probability got here within the sixtieth when Alex Sandro’s low long-range shot hit the publish. Neymar had his greatest probabilities with a free kick within the fiftieth and a shot from shut vary within the fifty fifth.
Serbia had their very own harm issues for the match.
“We’ve three key gamers injured – it is an excessive amount of for us,” Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic stated. “We’re not Brazil with 200 million individuals. We’re a really small nation. “
Neymar, 30, arrived at his third World Cup as Brazil’s most important attraction. He helped the “Seleção” win the 2013 Confederations Cup and its first Olympic gold medal on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games, however has but to win a significant title with the nationwide staff.
Brazil, who’re looking for their first World Cup in 20 years, are unbeaten with 17 wins of their final 20 matches. It has completed first in its class within the final 10 World Cups.
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