December 6, 2022

Richarlison scored both goals in Brazil’s 2-0 World Cup triumph over Serbia on Thursday with a stunning acrobatic kick and a simple tap-in from close range.

In the 73rd minute, he utilized one touch to lift the ball up in the air near the penalty spot, then turned around and leaped off the ground before knocking the ball into the net with his right foot.

“My childhood dream has come true,” said Richarlison, who is playing in his first World Cup.

“We knew it was going to be difficult to get past them. I’m used to playing against defensive teams like this in England. I wanted to take advantage of the opportunities that I had and I did.”

Brazil had struggled to get past the Serbian defense until the Tottenham forward scored from close range in the 62nd in a buildup that started with Neymar.

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Vinícius Júnior assisted on both goals.

Neymar, seeking his first major title with Brazil, stayed at 75 goals for the national team, two shy of Pelé’s scoring record.

He was tackled hard a few times and hurt his right ankle in the second half.

He was limping at one point and ended up crying on the bench after being substituted in the 79th.

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