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Player ratings Brazil vs Serbia: Neymar doesn’t shine, but Richarlison is exceptional

Brazil won the inaugural match of the 2022 World Cup as Richarlison scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Serbia at the Lusail Stadium.

The favorites of the tournament struggled in the first half – trying to create many chances – as Serbia impressed them with a fierce work pace and excellent defensive form.

But Brazil was a different team in the second half and made a breakthrough when Richarlison went on the attack first after Vinicius Jr. he saved a shot in the 62nd minute.

However, the Tottenham striker’s second goal was superb: commanding composure in the penalty area, he struck a superb scissor kick into the bottom corner to give his country all three points.

Here’s what the Brazilians and Serbians rated in the opening match of Group G:

Brazil:

Allison – 6

He won an early duel in the air against Aleksandar Mitrovic – who beat him for Fulham on the opening day of the Premier League this season – and was as composed as ever. Throughout the entire 90 minutes, it went largely smoothly.

Daniel – 6

At first, largely anonymous. He could have been more supportive of Raphinha, especially compared to Alex Sandro’s work on the other flank, but he seemed largely content to stay put. He made a crucial goal-line clearance from a corner kick in the 70th minutep minute.

Thiago Silva (c) – 7

The 38-year-old dominated the fight against Mitrovic and continues to lead this team brilliantly. He certainly led the defense and even made some lovely forward passes.

Marquinhos – 6

Confident in his passing and positioning, the PSG defender made no mistake alongside Silva and handled both the only threat from Mitrovic and the Fulham player’s tag team alongside Dusan Vlahovic.

Alexander Sandro – 7

He shot the foot of the post as Brazil pressed for a breakthrough with a powerful long-range left-foot strike and did well to get up and support Vinicius in front of him. Excellent performance.

Casemiro – 7

He controlled the pace in the middle and delivered some amazing passes into the box. He checked the Serbia goalkeeper with a fierce shot midway through the first half and retained his usual knack of being in the right place at the right time as Serbia pressed all through the second half. He also came close to a brilliant goal with a curl that hit the crossbar late in the game.

Lukasz package – 6

He played brilliantly for Raphinha in the first half and scored many times in those rare situations where Serbia wanted to break through. The West Ham player failed to capitalize on his starting chances in this tournament in any way.

Neymar – 6

I’ve tried to take the game by the neck, with mixed results. From nearly scoring a corner kick early in the game to flashes of individual brilliance, the Selecao star has been the heart of Brazil’s attacking game. Couldn’t capitalize on a difficult opportunity right after the break and mellowed out as the second half progressed. It was replaced with 15 to go.

Vinicius Jr. – 7

He looked very bright early on and his quick shot led to Richarlison’s opener. He didn’t always get his way against Andrija Zivkovic on the left, but he also scored a second goal and his pace made him a consistent starting point.

Rafinha – 5

He threw away Brazil’s best first-half opening by meekly shooting straight into the keeper after a delightful 1-2 with Paqueta, and also failed to convert in the first minute of the second period when he got a one-on-one opportunity. With so many attacking talents on the bench, the Barcelona winger should be worried.

Richardson – 9

Ever so present in his country’s yellow color, he was the first to rush into the box to break the deadlock and then scored an absolute stun for second place for himself and Brazil. Superb improvised control in the penalty area before a scissor shot into the bottom corner. 10 goals in the last eight matches for his country. The guiding light of Brazil.

Subscriptions:

Fred – 6

Close to an unlikely goal in the 83rd minuter&d minute, but his shot was well saved.

Rodrigo – 6

Vinicius’ victorious deputy on the left looked lively. He approached along the curved upper corner.

Jesus – not applicable

Anthony – not applicable

Gabriel Martinelli – not applicable

Serbia:

Vanja Milinkovic-Savic – 7

He was well ahead of Vinicius Jr. in the first half and came to the aid of his defense early in the second, blocking Raphinha’s shot. He could do nothing about Richarlison’s goals and made many important late saves to stop the deficit from rising. He deserved better.

Milos Veljkovic – 6

Covered his defense well when Raphinha headed dangerously into the box half an hour later, though he could have reacted more sharply to Brazil’s first goal.

Filip Mladenovic – 6

He did well in the first half and after he came off, Brazil attacked. Subscribed around the hour mark.

Strahinja Pavlovic – 6

The sixth minute booking was a bit strict but then remained disciplined. Shortly after the second half, he made a great last-ditch attack on Raphinha, whom he largely defeated in a one-on-one matchup.

Nikola Milenkovic – 6

He made what could have been a fatal mistake just before half-time as the ball whizzed past him all the way to Vinicius Jr., but he quickly recovered and got his last chance – it wasn’t his last tack. He fitted in with the Real Madrid winger alongside right-back Zivkovic.

Andrija Zivkovic –

He fought hard against Vinicius Jr. and although the Real Madrid winger was lively and quick throughout, he stuck to his own. Even so, he looked quite exhausted when he was replaced in 57p minute.

Nemanja Gudelj – 6

The Sevilla midfielder’s belated attack on Neymar earned him a well-deserved yellow card shortly after the break, but fortunately for him it was not a hit. It was changed shortly thereafter. He did an admirable job of stopping the game in the middle of the park.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – 5

He maintained good form in midfield throughout Serbia’s performance in the first half, but was then beaten down in midfield in the second period. He outdid the pack: who was better Milinkovic-Savic?

Now Lucic – 6

Sensible tackling set the tone for the midfielder’s dogged performance in the middle of the park, and he looked long-legged as he was outplayed for about an hour.

Dusan Tadic (c) – 6

He took off his socks but the former Southampton player was left with no options when he received the ball in midfield and had not a single glimmer of goal threat in the second half.

Alexander Mitrovic – 5

Is there any reason to worry about his condition? The Serbian striker’s talisman had no effect on the flow of the game and even struggled with one of his main attributes: ball possession. I didn’t get a chance. He was substituted with six minutes left.

Subscriptions:

Ilik – 6

Radonjic – 6

Vlahovic – 5

Lazowicz – 6

Maksimowicz – not applicable

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