Brazil successfully entered the 2022 World Cup by beating Serbia (2-0) on Thursday at the Lusail stadium in Doha. The Seleçao, who struggled to find flaws in the Serbian defense, ended up cracking in the second half tough opponents who did not exist on the front of the attack.
First game for Brazil in the World Cup-2022 and first victory. The Seleçao managed to find the key to the padlock of the Serbian defense (2-0), Thursday, November 24, and started the competition with three points, thanks in particular to their striker Richarlison.
The Seleçao starts in 4-2-3-1 with its quartet Neymar, Raphinha, Vinicius Junior and Richarlison. The Serbs, meanwhile, are positioned in a 5-3-1-1 formation with Mitrovic up front, supported by Tadic. At the start of the match, Serbia did not suffer from the game of the Seleçao and did not hesitate to go to a duel, like Pavlovic, prematurely warned (7e). But Brazil are able to project danger quickly: all it takes is a dazzling pass from Casemiro for Neymar, in the opposing box, to try to dribble past all the Serbian defenders… but the ball is finally cleared (10e).
The danger can also come from a set piece: Neymar tries to deceive the opposing goalkeeper on an inbound corner (14e), which forces the latter to clear the fist for a corner. The second shot does nothing. The first quarter of an hour of this match is generally balanced between the two teams, even if the Seleçao has the capacity to pack the game at any time with its offensive quartet.
The Brazilians are struggling for the moment to break through the Serbian lock, with the Eagles solid defensively. Casemiro tries a shot from mid-range but it is caught without worry (21e). The match gradually drops in rhythm, with Brazil failing to show its speed and Serbia dominating most of the duels. So the Seleçao must be satisfied with flashes to hope to weaken their opponent, as when Silva launches Vinicius alone in the axis… but Milinkovic-Savic intervenes with his fist on the ground and clears in touch (27e). Three minutes later, Raphinha is found in the depth but this attempt does not work (30e).
Brazil still stumbles on a well-established Serbian block, even if Raphinha still manages to find a fault by appearing at the entrance to the Serbian surface. His shot is finally stopped without problem by the opposing goalkeeper (35e). The Seleçao, despite some promising accelerations, struggled to put their opponent in difficulty during the first half. Even Vinicius was unable to take advantage of a rare defensive error by his opponent to frame (41e). The two teams logically return to the locker room with a draw.
Brazil pushes… and Richarlison cracks Serbia
The second period restarts with a big opportunity for Brazil: on a bad Serbian recovery, Raphinha comes alone against Milinkovic-Savic, but the Serbian goalkeeper remains unmoved and deflects the ball (46e). Then Neymar decides to accelerate: Gudelj tackles Neymar at the entrance to his area and is warned. The Parisian striker transforms the free kick … deflected into a corner by the wall (50e). Raphinha is then close to finding himself alone to shoot on goal, but Pavlovic clears the ball on an impeccable tackle (53e).
Brazil multiplies the accelerations at the start of the second period, making the Serbs more feverish. And the danger is getting closer, as in this action where Vinicius finds Neymar in the box … but the latter unscrews his volley (55e). The Seleçao believe to unlock the scoreboard shortly after, but Sandro’s floating shot from 25 meters ends on the Serbian post (60e). And what had to happen happened: Vinicius hits, Milinkovic-Savic deviates in his axis and Richarlison emerges in fox from the surfaces to open the scoring in the empty goal (62e, 1-0). Brazil logically concretizes its good start to the second half.
Serbia will have to expose themselves to come back to the score but lack precision, as on the head of Pavlovic following a corner (69e). A minute later, another corner for the Serbs and heat stroke this time in the surface of the Brazilian team, which struggles to clear the ball… but the Seleçao ends up breathing without having conceded a goal (70e). Serbia will not have time to pick up the score as Brazil takes off … and how! Richarlison doubles the bet (73e2-0) by scoring one of the best goals of this World Cup: served in the area by Vinicius, he continues with a control to keep the ball in the air then with an unstoppable aerial half-volley.
Serbia look to score after conceding Brazil’s second goal. But there are still ten minutes left, and the Seleçao do not seem determined to manage their lead. Casemiro arrives full axis and sends a curled shot in the opposite skylight. The Serbian crossbar rejects his attempt (81e), but the 3-0 was not far away. Rodrygo (82e) then Fred (83e) also go there with their strike, but Milinkovic-Savic saves his own. Rodrygo then tries another curling shot (87e) but it narrowly leaks from the frame. This end to the match looks like a knockout for Serbia, and even if the score does not move in the end, the Seleçao can be satisfied with their evening: the essentials have been assured.
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