Brazil kicked them off World Cup campaign in style on Thursday. It wasn’t an easy win over Serbia, but they got there in the end.
After a goalless first half Brazil took the lead in the 62nd minute. A shot from Vinicius Junior was well blocked by the Serbian keeper, but the rebound landed with Richarlison who instinctively shot in.
Ten minutes later, Richarlison checked Vinicius Junior’s low cross, swerved and launched a scissor kick mid-flight which flew into the bottom corner.
In Richarlison, Brazil found their showman.
Still, Serbia earned praise for their performance. For an hour they kept Brazil comfortably at bay. Their offensive threat was minimal, but their discipline and drive were commendable.
Brazil has been widely tipped as strong contenders for this year’s World Cup. Their squad is brimming with quality and attacking threats, with star forward Neymar aiming for a legacy-making tournament.
Serbia is making its third appearance at the World Cup as an independent nation after making its debut at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.
On Monday, Brazil will face Switzerland and Serbia will face Cameroon in the next set of Group G matches.