The game: 2-0
Brazil, favorite for the world title, successfully entered the competition by beating Serbia logically (2-0).
The fact: Neymar injured and in tears
The old demons reappear. In the form of his life, Neymar injured his right ankle against Serbia. On a tackle from Milenkovic, the PSG striker collapsed. The joint spun and he was treated on the pitch, before walking out. With his head down, he returned to the substitutes’ bench where he began to cry, his head in his jersey. Brazil is necessarily worried about its star, whose body game was at the origin of the first Auriverde goal. In the first period, he had struggled, losing 18 balls, losing nine out of 14 duels and not passing one dribble out of four attempted.
The Man: Gorgeous Richarlison
Bought 58 M€ by Tottenham, Richarlison did not score this season in the Premier League but he scored one of the most beautiful goals of the World Cup. Found in the center, he missed his control a little, the ball went up but he did not hesitate: he tried and succeeded with a magnificent acrobatic volley (73rd). Previously, it was he who had unblocked the situation, on the lookout to push into the back of the net a shot repelled by the opposing goalkeeper (62nd). Returning in extremis from a calf injury to participate in the World Cup, the former Everton striker never let go during this meeting where the three-piece central defense of the Serbs muzzled him for a long time. If he only touched 25 balls (lowest total of his team), he did wonders.
Since 2006, the Serbs have lost 8 of their 10 matches in the tournament (2 wins), the highest total defeats for a European nation over the period.