Brazil will play Switzerland in a World Cup Group G match today.
Brazil met the standards set for them prior to the finals with a convincing victory in their opening game.
Serbia, Brazil’s first opponent, was thought to be one of the tournament’s dark horses, but the Selecao’s dominant performance left them looking very ordinary.
Richarlison’s two goals in the second half gave Tite’s team a 2-0 victory over the Balkan nation for their complete dominance from the opening whistle to the final whistle.
The forward responded to his detractors and put on the kind of performance that convinced Spurs to spend £60 million to wrest him away from Everton after some debate in both the Brazilian and British press about whether Richarlison justified a start given his inconsistent start at Tottenham Hotspur.
He and Brazil hope to return to the Lusail Stadium for the final in three weeks, and based on their performance on Thursday, they have a good chance of doing so. His brilliant second goal lit up the stadium.
The five-time World Cup champions have now won eight games in a row, and they haven’t lost since losing the 2021 Copa America final.
They have scored 28 goals in those eight victories, and even though they only scored two against Serbia, they should have scored a lot more.
Serbia had good fortune. Brazil missed numerous opportunities, but Vanja Milinkovic-Savic was in top form in goal as they racked up 24 shots and easily silenced the Europeans.
In their opening-day victory over Cameroon, Switzerland were significantly more effective, getting the job done despite not lighting up the competition.