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Brazil vs Serbia player ratings: Richarlison exceptional but Neymar fails to shine

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Brazil were victorious in their 2022 World Cup opener in Group G as Richarlison scored both goals in a 2-0 win against Serbia at the Lusail Stadium.

The tournament favourites found it tough going in the first-half - struggling to fashion many chances - as Serbia impressed with their dogged work-rate and excellent defensive shape.

But Brazil were a different side in the second-half and found the breakthrough when Richarlison was first to pounce after Vinicius Jr.’s shot was saved in the 62nd minute.

Yet the Tottenham striker’s second in the 73rd minute was outstanding: controlling with composure in the box, he struck a terrific scissor kick into the bottom-corner to give his country breathing space and all three points.

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