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“Scratch” took a long time to solve the Serbian puzzle but when it did, it showed that it is a firm candidate to win the World Cup.

Thursday November 24, 2022 6:23 p.m.

Brazil put an end to the first date of the World Cup with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Serbia, thanks to Richarlison’s scoring performance. The auriverdes dream of shouting champions for the sixth time in the contest.

As was to be expected in the previous one, it was the South Americans who took the reins of the match and harassed the Balkans in their own field, who barely passed half the pitch.

Even so, at least in the first fraction, it was difficult for the “Canarinha” to reach the goal of Vanja Milinkovic, who was attentive to avoid Neymar’s Olympic goal (13 ‘) and save a rather weak shot from Raphinha .

At the beginning of the plugin, the offensive vocation of Scratch was further accentuated. Raphinha after an error at the start (46′), Ney with his left foot (55′) and Danilo with a shot that hit the post (59′) tried to break the zero, but without success.

The verdeamarela kept trying and found results in the 62′ minute, when Neymar enabled Vinicius Junior, who shot with his right foot and after the goalkeeper’s rebound, Richarlison appeared at the mouth of the goal to make it 1-0.

With the score against, Dragan Stojkovic made some modifications to change the face of his team, but all his plans fell apart when Vinicius crossed three fingers and found a Richarlison (73 ‘) who controlled and scored his double with an impressive Chilean average.

In this way, the five-time world champions equaled Switzerland at the top of group G, a rival they will face next Monday at 1:00 p.m. That same day, but at 7 in the morning, Serbia will try to make amends against Cameroon and not say goodbye to the tournament early.

Stadium: Iconic Lusail
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)

BRAZIL: Alisson Becker; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Lucas Paquetá (Fred, 75′); Raphinha (Gabriel Martinelli, 87′), Neymar Júnior (Anthony, 79′), Vinicius Júnior (Rodrygo, 75′); Richarlison (Gabriel Jesus, 79′). (DT: Tite)

SERBIA: Vanja Milinkovic; Milos Veljkovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Strahinja Pavlovic; Andrija Zivkovic (Nemanja Radonjic, 57′), Sasa Lukic (Darko Lazovic, 66′), Nemanja Gudelj (Ivan Ilić, 57′), Filip Mladenovic (Dusan Vlahovic, 66′); Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Dusac Tadic; Aleksandr Mitrovic (Nemanja Maksimovic, 83′). (DT: Dragan Stojkovic)

GOALS: 62′ and 73′ Richarlison (BRA).

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J. A. Allen

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