World Cup 2022: Richarlison scores insane goal as Brazil overpower Serbia

Lusail, Qatar - Richarlison scored twice, including a stunning second, to give World Cup favorites Brazil a 2-0 victory over Serbia as the final two teams made their Qatar bow.

Richarlison (2nd from r.) in mid-overhead kick during Brazil's 2-0 win over Serbia.
Richarlison (2nd from r.) in mid-overhead kick during Brazil's 2-0 win over Serbia.  © REUTERS

Record five-times winner Brazil has not lifted the trophy for 20 years and was made to wait on Thursday.

Tottenham Hotspur star Richarlison eventually made the breakthrough on 62 minutes after Vinicius Junior's effort was parried.

Serbia – who were without injured winger Filip Kostić and threatened only sporadically – had defended stoutly up until then, although they were fortunate that Alex Sandro's earlier shot from distance rattled the post.

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But they could do nothing about Richarlison's second as the in-form forward flicked up Vinicius' cross and produced an incredible finish into the corner of the net on 73 minutes. The moment of genius is already a leading contender for goal of the tournament and captured something of that famous jogo bonito spirit.

Casemiro later clipped the bar as Brazil coasted to the three points.

Neymar, two goals behind Pelé's Brazil record of 77, was part of a very attacking line-up chosen by Tite but if anything they got in each other's way initially and Neymar played too deep.

Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0 in the other Group G game earlier, with all 32 teams now having played one group match.

Cover photo: REUTERS

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