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World Cup 2022
Switzerland 1 Cameroon 0
Portugal 3 Ghana 2
Brazil 2 Serbia 0
Uruguay 0 South Korea 0
Wales vs Iran 1pm
Qatar vs Senegal 4pm (UBC TV)
Netherlands vs Ecuador 7pm
England vs USA 10pm (UBC TV)
Doha, Qatar | FIFA.COM | A dramatic 11-minute second-half brace from Richarlison has propelled Brazil to the top of Group G and provided the pre-tournament favourites with the perfect start to Qatar 2022.
The Tottenham Hotspur forward scored an opportunistic first before adding a spectacular, acrobatic second as the record five-time champions claimed a deserved win on Thursday night.
Serbia proved a tough nut to crack during a tight first half but Brazil moved up through the gears after the interval and came within millimetres of an opener on the hour-mark when Alex Sandro rattled the post from fully 30 yards.
A goal was clearly coming, though, and it was no surprise that the lively Vincius Junior helped provide it with a goal-bound shot that Vanja Milinkovic-Savic could only parry out to the waiting Richarlison.
While that goal was knocked in with the Spurs star’s shin, his second was as pure and flawlessly executed as any at this World Cup. Vinicius Junior again provided the assist and, although Richarlison’s first touch was loose, the one that followed more than made up for it as he swivelled and directed an inch-perfect overhead kick into the bottom-left corner.
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