Sharp Brazil repay Tite with classy win over Serbia

Sharp Brazil repay Tite with classy win over Serbia
Richarlison scores against Serbia

Tite's decision to start Vinicius Jr. alongside Neymar, Richarlison and Raphinha should not have been a surprise

When Brazil manager Tite announced he was taking nine forwards to the World Cup, many questioned if that was too many and wondered if he would really dare to abandon his traditionally defensive approach to unleash so much attacking talent.

The answer came in an impressive 2-0 victory over a strong and organised Serbia team who did not make it easy for Brazil and frustrated them in a goalless first half.

Tite's decision to start Vinicius Jr. alongside Neymar, Richarlison and Raphinha should not have been a surprise as the Brazil coach has been much more inclined recently to unleash his talented young forwards together.


Richarlison was on hand to strike at a vital time as he continued his fantastic form to net his first ever World Cup goal.

Minutes later and it was two for Brazil and two for the Tottenham talent as he fired home a stunning volley to secure the three points.

The opening 45 minutes passed by with very little to note, the first-half's biggest chance falling to the feet of Raphinha but the best the Barcelona man could do was fire straight at Serbia goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic despite being in plenty of space inside the penalty area.

There will be concern over the fact that Neymar went down injured with just over 10 minutes to play, eventually replaced by Manchester United's Antony. However, the fact he was able to walk off rather than being aided by medical staff suggests it was merely a precuation.

They failed to get points on the board, but Serbia can take comfort from their display and be confident that something similar against Cameroon would get the job done.