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Neymar is injured and Richarlison scores for Brazil at the World Cup

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LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) – With Neymar limping off the sector with an ankle harm, Richarlison certified for the Choice.

A spectacular acrobatic shot adopted a straightforward contact from shut vary as Richarlison scored each objectives in Brazil’s 2-0 World Cup win over Serbia on Thursday.

After the match, the Tottenham striker discovered of the extent of Neymar’s harm.

“An important factor for us is to have him 100% prepared for the following match,” mentioned Richarlison, whose first objective got here after a build-up began by Neymar. “After I get to the lodge I will verify on him.”

The Brazilian nationwide staff physician, Rodrigo Lasmar, mentioned that Neymar sprained his proper ankle. He declined to invest whether or not he can be accessible to play within the staff’s subsequent match towards Switzerland on Monday.

“We put ice on it whereas he was on the bench after which in bodily remedy,” Lasmar mentioned. “There isn’t a testing scheduled for now, however we’ll schedule it if wanted. He will likely be beneath commentary. We’ll know extra tomorrow.”

Neymar was additionally injured on the 2014 World Cup. Taking part in at house in Brazil, his event ended with a again harm within the quarterfinals towards Colombia when he needed to be carried off the sector on a stretcher. Brazil ended up shedding to Germany 7-1 within the semifinals.

Neymar was fouled 9 instances towards Serbia, 4 greater than another participant to date at this yr’s World Cup. However whereas he took care of Neymar, the opposing protection was unable to cease Richarlison.

He had his again to objective when he used a contact to get the ball into the air close to the penalty spot, then spun and leapt off the bottom earlier than hitting the ball into the online together with his proper foot within the 73rd minute.

“My childhood dream got here true,” mentioned Richarlison, who’s enjoying in his first World Cup. “We knew it will be troublesome to get previous them. I am used to enjoying towards defensive groups like this one in England. I wished to make the most of the alternatives I had and I took benefit of them.”

Brazil struggled to get previous the Serbian protection till Richarlison scored from shut vary within the 62nd minute. Vinícius Júnior assisted for each objectives.

Neymar, chasing his first main title with Brazil, has scored 75 objectives for the nationwide staff, two wanting Pelé’s goalscoring file.

He was tackled arduous a number of instances and sprained his proper ankle within the second half. He was crying on the bench after being substituted at 79 and limped out of the stadium.

Brazil coach Tite began with an attacking staff that included 4 forwards – Neymar, Vinícius Júnior, Raphinha and Richarlison. Attacking midfielder Lucas Paquetá performed alongside Casemiro, the one defensive midfielder.

However Serbia had a number of gamers again and managed to forestall Brazil from creating many vital alternatives. Neymar tried to regulate the tempo however struggled to interrupt free. He, Vinícius Júnior and Raphinha wasted possibilities early on.

Brazil’s greatest likelihood earlier than Richarlison’s opening objective was Alex Sandro’s low shot that hit the publish within the sixtieth minute. Neymar had his greatest alternatives with a free kick within the fiftieth minute and a shot from shut vary from the penalty spot within the fifty fifth minute.

Serbia had their very own harm points going into the match.

“Now we have three key gamers injured – it is an excessive amount of for us,” mentioned Serbia coach Dragan Stojković. “We’re not Brazil with 200 million inhabitants. We’re a really small nation.”

On the age of 30, Neymar arrived at his third World Cup as Brazil’s important attraction. He helped the nationwide staff win the Confederations Cup in 2013 and the primary Olympic gold on the Rio de Janeiro Video games in 2016, however has but to win a serious title with the nationwide staff.

Brazil, seeking to win their first World Cup in 20 years, are undefeated of their final 20 opening video games with 17 wins. Completed first of their group on the final 10 World Cups.

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