Neymar injured, Richarlison scores for Brazil at World Cup

LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — With Neymar limping off the sphere with an ankle damage, Richarlison got here by for the “Seleção.”

A spectacular acrobatic kick adopted a simple tap-in from shut vary as Richarlison scored each objectives in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Serbia on Thursday at the World Cup.

After the match, the Tottenham striker realized of the extent of Neymar’s damage.

“The most essential factor for us is to have him at 100% for the following match,” mentioned Richarlison, whose first aim got here after a buildup began by Neymar. “When I get to the resort I’m going to go and see how he’s doing.”

Brazil group physician Rodrigo Lasmar mentioned Neymar sprained his proper ankle. He declined to invest on whether or not he could be out there to play within the group’s subsequent match towards Switzerland on Monday.

“We put ice on it whereas he was on the bench after which in physiotherapy,” Lasmar mentioned. “There isn’t any take a look at scheduled for now, however we are going to schedule it if wanted. He can be underneath commentary. We will know extra tomorrow.

Neymar was additionally injured at the 2014 World Cup. Playing at house in Brazil, his event ended with a again damage within the quarterfinals towards Colombia when he needed to be taken off the sphere on a stretcher. Brazil ended up dropping to Germany 7-1 within the semifinals.

Neymar was fouled 9 instances within the match towards Serbia, 4 greater than another participant to this point at this 12 months’s World Cup. But 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,” mentioned Richarlison, who’s enjoying in his first World Cup. “We knew it was going to be tough to get previous them. I’m used to enjoying towards defensive groups like this in England. I wished to make the most of the alternatives that I had and I did.”

Brazil struggled to get previous the Serbian protection till Richarlison scored from shut vary within the 62nd. Vinícius Júnior assisted on each objectives.

Neymar, looking for his first main title with Brazil, stayed at 75 objectives for the nationwide group, two shy of Pelé’s scoring document.

He was tackled arduous a number 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.

But Serbia had a number of gamers again and was capable of maintain Brazil from creating many important 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 probability earlier than Richarlison’s opening aim was 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 three key gamers who’re injured — it is an excessive amount of for us,” Serbia coach Dragan Stojković mentioned. “We aren’t Brazil with 200 million individuals. We are a really small nation.

The 30-year-old Neymar arrived at his third World Cup as Brazil’s important attraction. He helped the “Seleção” win the 2013 Confederations Cup and its first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, however has but to win a significant title with the nationwide group.

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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