Brazil dances to Ghana and scares two months before the World Cup

Brazil’s “superattack” is going strong on the eve of Qatar 2022. With two assists from Neymar, two goals from Richarlison and the overflow of Vinícius and Raphinha, Canarinha beat Ghana 3-0 this Friday, in the penultimate friendly prior to the World Cup in Le Havre (France)

At the Oceane stadium, Tite’s team was an indecipherable whirlwind for a Ghana that only reared its head in the second half, when Spanish striker Iñaki Williams entered the field, making his debut with the team of his African roots.

The five-time world champion settled the match in an electric first half, in which the quintet of forwards made the rival defense dizzy, and slowed down in the second when they were already leading 3-0 on the scoreboard.

Marquinhos paved the way for Raphinha’s 9th minute header from a corner kick and, before the break, Richarlison scored the other two goals from a pass from Neymar, who continues with the same ease he has been displaying at Paris Saint -Germain.

It worked for Tite this Friday until Éder Militao in his new right-back position.

With this victory, Brazil extended its undefeated streak to 14 games and confirmed its favoritism for the World Cup in Qatar, which begins in November. The last time he lost was on July 10, 2021, in the Copa América final, when he gave in to Argentina at the Maracana.

Tite’s men started at a thousand revolutions, with suffocating pressure in the opposite field. Vinícius Júnior and Raphinha entered like two stilettos on the wings.

The Real Madrid and Barcelona wingers were a constant danger and released Neymar, who appeared free in the creation zone. But there was even more, as Lucas Paquetá surprised from behind and Richarlison threatened with the cane inside the area.

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Ghana did not know where the attacks from the Brazilians were coming from, although the first blow came in a corner that Marquinhos, a specialist in aerial balls, finished off. It was 1-0, although by then the score could have been bigger.

And it is that Raphinha missed a sung goal after a masterful pass with the outside of Vini, who also put a goal on a silver platter to a Paquetá whose shot went just touching the post.

The madridista idol was a headache for the Ghanaian side Odoi, for whom he made several tailored suits.

Neymar also shone. The 10 was Richarlison’s assistant in the second and third goal of the Canarinha.

At 2-0, a filtered pass was removed from the hat that hit the Tottenham striker first in the crown of the area and at 3-0 he launched a free kick from the left flank that the former Everton player headed.

Ghana, which barely peeked into Alisson’s box, began to lose its temper. That impotence became palpable in a clash between André Ayew and Casemiro that resulted in a yellow card for both.

In the second half, Brazil slowed down and Ghana stretched out a bit. André Ayew was able to discount for his team, but his header crashed into the crossbar. That was the best chance for the African team.

Iñaki Williams, striker for Athletic Bilbao, tried it with unchecking into space, but it was like swimming in the desert.

Then came the carousel of changes. It was the turn for Cunha, Antony and Fabinho. Neymar continued on the field and had his pluses and minuses with the Ghanaian players, who were used harshly at times.

Without trying too hard, Brazil was able to score more on several occasions from Neymar, Paquetá, Rodrygo Goes, who came out last, and Telles. In the end, 3-0 and let the next pass, which will be Tunisia next Tuesday in Paris. Ghana, meanwhile, will have an easier rival in their next friendly: Nicaragua.

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Source: Critica

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Varun Kumar

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