Richarlison scored twice as Brazil begins World Cup with 2-0 win over Serbia

Richarlison scored twice as Brazil begins World Cup with 2-0 win over Serbia

Richarlison scored twice as Brazil began their World Cup campaign with a convincing 2-0 win over Serbia at the Lusail Stadium; the three points move Brazil to the top of Group G ahead of Switzerland following their earlier 1-0 win over Cameroon

Richarlison celebrates after scoring his second goal against Serbia
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Richarlison celebrates after scoring his second goal against Serbia
Richarlison’s second-half goals earned World Cup favorites Brazil a deserved 2-0 win over Serbia in their Group G opener in Lusail.

The European side stifled the No 1-ranked team for over an hour but the Tottenham forward’s close-range finish after Vinicius Junior’s shot was pushed into his path by goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic finally brought Brazil their hard-fought lead.

Richarlison then lit up the Lusail Stadium in Qatar with a stunning strike on the turn that arrowed beyond the Serbia goalkeeper to double the advantage. His brilliant performance more than justified his selection as Brazil’s striker ahead of Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus.

Brazil was defensively strong as they extended their unbeaten run in World Cup openers to 20 games. Although there will be bigger tests as the five-time champions seek to end their 20-year wait to win this tournament, this turned out to be a commanding start.

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