WORLD CUP: Richarlison stars as Brazil beats Serbia

Brazil started their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over Serbia.

After several chances that were not taken in the first 45 minutes, Brazil came out after half-time and continued to put Serbia on the backfoot.

The opener came in the 62nd minute, Richarlison taking advantage of the ball Vanja Milinkovic-Savic parried into his path, smashing it into the back of the net.

Richarlison also scored Brazil’s second, an impressive acrobatic volley in the 73rd minute to secure the win.

Serbia were relatively toothless going forward, and were unable to test Brazil’s backline.

Some stats…

Brazil’s Neymar was fouled nine times in this match, at least four more fouls won than any other player at the 2022 World Cup so far.

As an independent nation, Serbia have lost eight of their 10 matches at the World Cup, the highest loss percentage of any side to have played at least 10 games (80%).

Brazil are unbeaten in their opening game in each of the last 20 editions of the World Cup (W17 D3), since losing 3-1 against Spain in 1934.

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