A super offensive Brazil, with four strikers in its formation, today presented its ambitions in Qatar 2022 and beat Serbia 2-0, without appeal, in its debut by Group G of the FIFA World Cup.
The Tottenham Hotspur attacker richarlison he scored both goals in the second half of the game played in Lusail, the first from a rebound in the six-yard box and the second with a spectacular scissor twist, the best goal in the competition to date.
However, the five-time champion ended the day with a cause for concern: Neymar left the game after 79 minutes with a physical problem, after spending a few minutes sitting on the pitch. Brazil will play again next Monday against Switzerland, with whom they share the leadership of the area with three units. That same day Serbia and Cameroon will be measured.
Brazil, world champion in the Cups of Sweden ’58, Chile ’62, Mexico ’70, USA ’94 and Japan and Korea 2002, wants to regain leadership after being left out in the quarterfinals in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The team led by Tite, 61, suffered a severe blow when last year they lost the final of the Copa América in the legendary Maracanã stadium against Argentina, and Qatar represents a good opportunity to resume the foreground.
Brazil has figures in all its lines, such as the goalkeeper Alisson Becker, the defender Thiago Silva, who will be the captain and at 38 years old will participate in his fourth World Cup, (the previous ones in South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018), midfielders Lucas Paquetá and Casemiro, and in attack Neymar along with Vinicius Jr.
Another asset to highlight in Brazil is the scorer Pedro, a Flamengo figure, who could play before the Serbs and relegate Gabriel Jesús, in one of the doubts that Tite has to define the formation.
Brazil’s second presentation will be against Switzerland next Monday at 1:00 p.m., while the group will close against Cameroon on Friday, December 2 at 4:00 p.m.
Brazil: Alisson Becker; Danilo, Militao or Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Alex Sandro; Lucas Paquetá and Casemiro; Raphina, Neymar and Vinicius Jr.; Gabriel Jesus or Peter. DT: Tite.
Serbian: Vanja Milinkovic-Savic; Milos Veljkovic, Nikola Milenkovic and Strahinja Pavlovic; Andrija Zinkovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic; Sasa Lukic, Filip Kostic and Dusan Tadic; Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic. DT: Dragan Stojkovic.
Referee: Alireza Faghani, from Iran.
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium.