Richarlison’s double strikes came in the 62nd and 73rd minutes and helped him take his individual goals tally to 19 goals.
Silicao were far from impressive in the first half.
The flair for which Brazil was famous has largely vanished.
But more than flamboyant style of play, it was precise passing and a decisive finishing touch that eluded the USA team in the first half. They had possession, had the most notches on goals, won about five corner kicks and kept opponents guessing but the goal eluded them in the first half.
After Vinicius Jr. and Neymar came close to breaking the Serbian defense in the first half, it was in the second half that Brazil picked up the pace.
After a close look at Serbia’s goal, the Brazilians almost took the lead but were prevented by metalwork.
With a quarter to go, Alex Sandro’s long run escaped the fully stretched Serbian keeper but hit the post and returned to play.
Brazil didn’t have to wait long to take the lead and came two minutes behind.
Richarlison hit a loose ball from close range.
It was a great Neymar foot move in action. He got past three players on the edge of the penalty area before Vinicius stepped in and fired a shot at the far post. The goalkeeper goes low to stop it but Richarlison sniffs and punches in the rebounds, breaking the deadlock.
Richarlison scored his second goal with a neat right-footed shot from the center of the penalty area after Vinicius Jr. sent it in.
Vinicius crossed with the outside of his foot and Richarlison controlled the ball with the inside of his left foot before turning around and firing an overhead kick with his right into the corner of the goal.
Then in the 81st minute, Casemiro hit a shot with his instep – apparently with no strength – that hit the crossbar.
Between Serbia came a few attempts that were cleared from the safety of the Brazilian defenders, including the goalkeeper’s applause.
Afterwards, Brazil and Serbia both created chances but did not trouble the scorers.
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