LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — With Neymar limping off the sector with an ankle damage, Richarlison got here by way of for the “Seleção.”
A spectacular acrobatic kick adopted a simple tap-in from shut vary as Richarlison scored each targets in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Serbia on Thursday on the World Cup.
After the match, the Tottenham striker discovered of the extent of Neymar’s damage.
“A very powerful factor for us it to have him at 100% for the subsequent match,” stated Richarlison, whose first aim got here after a buildup began by Neymar. “After I get to the lodge I’m going to go and see how he’s doing.”
Brazil crew physician Rodrigo Lasmar stated Neymar sprained his proper ankle. He declined to invest on whether or not he could be obtainable to play within the crew’s subsequent match towards Switzerland on Monday.
“We put ice on it whereas he was on the bench after which in physiotherapy,” Lasmar stated. “There isn’t a take a look at scheduled for now however we’ll schedule it if wanted. He shall be underneath statement. We are going to know extra tomorrow.”
Neymar was additionally injured on the 2014 World Cup. Taking part in at dwelling in Brazil, his event ended with a again damage within the quarterfinals towards Colombia when he needed to be taken off the sector on a stretcher. Brazil ended up shedding to Germany 7-1 within the semifinals.
Neymar was fouled 9 instances within the match towards Serbia, 4 greater than every other participant thus far at this yr’s World Cup. However whereas taking good care of Neymar, the opposing protection couldn’t cease Richarlison.
He had his again to the aim when he used one contact to get the ball up within the air close to the penalty spot, then spun round and leapt off the bottom earlier than knocking 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 was going to be troublesome to get previous them. I’m used to taking part in towards defensive groups like this in England. I wished to benefit from the alternatives that I had and I did.”
Brazil had struggled to get previous the Serbian protection till Richarlison scored from shut vary within the 62nd. Vinícius Júnior assisted on each targets.
Neymar, in search of his first main title with Brazil, stayed at 75 targets for the nationwide crew, two shy of Pelé’s scoring document.
He was tackled arduous a couple of instances and sprained his proper ankle within the second half. He was crying on the bench after being substituted within the 79th and was limping as he left the stadium.
Brazil coach Tite began with an attack-minded squad that included 4 forwards — Neymar, Vinícius Júnior, Raphinha and Richarlison. Attacking midfielder Lucas Paquetá performed alongside Casemiro, the lone defensive midfielder.
However Serbia had a number of gamers again and was capable of preserve Brazil from creating many vital alternatives. Neymar tried to regulate the tempo however struggled to get free. He, Vinícius Júnior and Raphinha all squandered possibilities early on.
Brazil’s finest likelihood earlier than Richarlison’s opening aim had been a low long-range shot by Alex Sandro that hit the publish within the sixtieth. Neymar had his finest alternatives with a free kick within the fiftieth and a shot from close to the penalty spot within the fifty fifth.
Serbia had its personal damage points for the match.
“We have now three key gamers who’re injured — it’s an excessive amount of for us,” Serbia coach Dragan Stojković stated. “We aren’t Brazil with 200 million folks. We’re a really small nation.”
The 30-year-old Neymar arrived to his third World Cup as Brazil’s primary 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 crew.
Brazil, attempting to win its first World Cup in twenty years, is unbeaten in its final 20 opening video games, with 17 victories. It has completed first in its group within the final 10 World Cups.
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