As Brazil handily dominated Serbia in front of a frenzied audience, fans can think of a lot of words to describe La Selecao. You can call them sensational, explosive; or even legendary. Yet the most accurate? Bees.
The players, outfitted in their traditional bright yellow Nike jerseys, swarmed a responseless Serbian side that looked doomed from the side. Relentless and unforgiving, they stung Serbia with some dangerous long-range shots that slammed against the post.
But the leader of Brazil’s offensive hive, Richarlison, was the one that killed Serbia. His rebound to open the scoring and his marvelous bicycle kick to end it earned him praise from anyone who watched the game. The dominant performance is a welcome change from their woeful 2018 campaign.
Richarlison’s brace beats Serbia
It looked like Brazil would dominate from the start. Serbia sat in a low block, waiting for counter-attacks, but for the most part, it did not work. Vinicius nearly got the ball inside the six, but Torino stopper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic pushed the ball away.
Other opportunities came. Milinkovic-Savic met Raphinha’s chip right after halftime with a superb save, and he continued to beat back the incoming wave of Brazilian attackers. Yet Brazil banged shot after shot either into the inviting hands of the keeper or onto the crossbar.
Yet it changed in the 62nd minute. Neymar wove between a horde of Serbian defenders in the box, bobbing and dipping before passing the ball to Vinicius. Yet again, Milinkovic-Savic saved his shot, but he could not stop Richarlison’s powerful rebound. Brazil 1, Serbia 0.
Richarlison continued his masterclass in the 73rd minute when he met a rising ball ready to be blasted. He thrust himself upwards with his left foot, spun through the air, and struck the ball with his right. Not only was his finish acrobatic, his accuracy is unmatched. His scissor kick rippled through the bottom left corner, out of reach for Milinkovic-Savic….
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Author : Deolu Akingbade
Publish date : 2022-11-25 00:17:05
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