LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — With Neymar limping off the pitch with an ankle damage, Richarlison certified for the ‘Seleção’.

A spectacular overhead kick adopted a straightforward strike from shut vary as Richarlison scored each objectives in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia on Thursday on the World Cup.

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

“An important factor for us is to have him 100 per cent for the following recreation,” mentioned Richarlison, whose first purpose got here after a surge began by Neymar. “After I get to the lodge, I am going to go see how he’s.”

Brazil workforce physician Rodrigo Lasmar says Neymar sprained his proper ankle. He declined to take a position on his availability to play within the workforce’s subsequent recreation towards Switzerland on Monday.

“We put ice on it whereas he was on the bench after which in bodily remedy,” Lasmar mentioned. “There isn’t any check deliberate in the mean time however we are going to schedule it if mandatory. It will likely be below commentary. We’ll know extra tomorrow.”

Neymar was additionally injured within the 2014 World Cup. Enjoying at dwelling in Brazil, his match ended with a again damage within the quarter-finals towards Colombia when he needed to be taken off the sector on a stretcher. Brazil ended up shedding to Germany 7-1 within the semi-finals.

Neymar was fouled 9 occasions within the recreation towards Serbia, 4 greater than every other participant to this point at this yr’s World Cup. However whereas coping with Neymar, the opposing protection could not cease Richarlison.

He had his again to purpose when he used a throw-in to ship the ball excessive within the air close to the penalty spot, then turned and jumped off the bottom earlier than dropping the ball into the web along with his proper foot within the 73rd minute.

“My childhood dream has come true,” mentioned Richarlison, taking part in in his first World Cup. “We knew it was going to be troublesome to go them. I am used to taking part in towards defensive groups like this in England. I needed to make the most of the alternatives that have been accessible to me and I did.

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

Neymar, searching for his first main title with Brazil, remained at 75 objectives for the nationwide workforce, two wanting Pele’s goalscoring file.

He was tackled exhausting just a few occasions and sprained his proper ankle within the second half. He was crying on the bench after being substituted within the 79th minute and limping out of the stadium.

Brazil coach Tite began with an attacking-minded squad that included 4 strikers – Neymar, Vinícius Júnior, Raphinha and Richarlison. Attacking midfielder Lucas Paquetá performed alongside Casemiro, the one defensive midfielder.

However Serbia had a number of returning gamers and have been in a position to stop Brazil from creating many essential probabilities. Neymar tried to manage the tempo however struggled to interrupt free. He, Vinícius Júnior and Raphinha all squandered probabilities early on.

Brazil’s finest probability earlier than Richarlison’s first purpose had been a long-range low shot from Alex Sandro that hit the put up within the sixtieth minute. Neymar had his finest probabilities with a free kick within the fiftieth and a shot near the penalty spot within the fifty fifth.

Serbia had their very own damage issues for the sport.

“We now have three key gamers who’re injured, it is an excessive amount of for us,” mentioned Serbian coach Dragan Stojković. “We’re not Brazil with 200 million inhabitants. We’re a really small nation. »

Neymar, 30, has arrived at his third World Cup as Brazil’s foremost attraction. He helped the “Seleção” win the 2013 Confederations Cup and their first Olympic gold medal on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games, however has but to win a significant title with the nationwide workforce.

Brazil, bidding for his or her first World Cup in twenty years, are unbeaten of their final 20 opening video games, with 17 wins. He has completed first in his group on the final 10 World Cups.


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