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 targets 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 sport,” stated Richarlison, whose first objective got here after a surge began by Neymar. “After I get to the resort, I will 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 sport towards Switzerland on Monday.

“We put ice on it whereas he was on the bench after which in bodily remedy,” Lasmar stated. “There isn’t a take a look at deliberate for the time being however we’ll schedule it if crucial. It will likely be underneath commentary. We are going to know extra tomorrow.”

Neymar was additionally injured within the 2014 World Cup. Taking part in at house 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 sport towards Serbia, 4 greater than another participant thus far at this yr’s World Cup. However whereas coping with Neymar, the opposing protection could not cease Richarlison.

He had his again to objective 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 online together with his proper foot within the 73rd minute.

“My childhood dream has come true,” stated Richarlison, enjoying in his first World Cup. “We knew it was going to be tough to go them. I am used to enjoying towards defensive groups like this in England. I needed to reap the benefits of the alternatives that had been obtainable 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 targets.

Neymar, in search of his first main title with Brazil, remained at 75 targets for the nationwide workforce, two in need of Pele’s goalscoring report.

He was tackled arduous a couple of 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 had been in a position to stop Brazil from creating many vital possibilities. Neymar tried to manage the tempo however struggled to interrupt free. He, Vinícius Júnior and Raphinha all squandered possibilities early on.

Brazil’s greatest likelihood earlier than Richarlison’s first objective had been a long-range low shot from Alex Sandro that hit the submit within the sixtieth minute. Neymar had his greatest possibilities 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’ve got three key gamers who’re injured, it is an excessive amount of for us,” stated Serbian coach Dragan Stojković. “We aren’t Brazil with 200 million inhabitants. We’re a really small nation. »

Neymar, 30, has arrived at his third World Cup as Brazil’s primary 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 serious title with the nationwide workforce.

Brazil, bidding for his or her first World Cup in 20 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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