The Seleção Canarinho kicked off their hunt for a sixth world title with a straightforward victory over the dogged Europeans on Thursday evening
Tottenham striker Richarlison was Brazil’s hero as the South Americans ran out 2-0 winners over Serbia in their opening Group G match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
A thrilling encounter produced no goal in the first half, but Richarlison struck twice for Brazil after the break to hand the Seleção Canarinho their first win of Qatar 2022.
The striker’s second – an audacious overhead kick – is already being tipped as an early contender for the goal of the tournament.
Numero uno— BANKOLE SUNDAY ABIODUN (@iam_bankkyb) November 24, 2022
Richarlison would be delighted to repay the trust Brazil coach Tite reposed in him heading into this tournament. Having decided on Richarlison as Brazil’s number-one striker for the Works Cup, coach Tite left Liverpool’s Firmino back e.
On matchday, Tite stuck with his decision to start Richarlison versus Serbia, despite the pressure to consider the Arsenal duo of Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli.
Many Nigerian fans were even critical of the Tottenham man’s no-show in the first 45 minutes of the encounter.
However, by the time the tie ended, Richarlison had converted many to his corner with his brilliant showing, highlighted by his eighth goal in his last seven matches for the five-time world champions.
Below are some of the reactions from Nigerians who watched the match:
“Make Gabriel Jesus go buy seat belt.”
keep cookingg— ólà🇳🇬 (@uglyboy_ola) November 24, 2022
This Brazilian team are just too good— YemiCFC 𓃵 (@Yemi_CFC) November 24, 2022
Richarlison was named the man of the match, ahead of PSG’s Neymar and Manchester United’s Casemiro.