“Don’t worry, Neymar will play the world cup. He will keep playing , you can be sure about that,” said Brazil manager Tite after his side beat Serbia 2-0 in their World Cup opener.
“He stayed for the two goals we scored even feeling his ankle injury because the team needed him,” e added. “In the two chances and the chance he was in, which his ability to overcome pain. In both goals he was already feeling it.”Embed from Getty Images
Brazil lived up to their backing as favourites, winning comfortably by two goals in a game that exploded into life in the second half. Tite claimed before the game forward Richarlison “smelled of goals” and the Tottenham striker delivered, serving up a potential goal of the tournament contender in a special fourth brace for his country.Embed from Getty Images
Neymar, Vinicius, Richarlison. Brazil’s forwards combine to open their World Cup campaign.
Serbia will be disappointed with their second half performance after nullifying Brazil in the early stages. Manager Dragan Stojkovic said “In the second half, we fell physically, and we were no longer a team. Of course, Brazil knew how to take advantage of this because they have excellent players, and they punished us.”Embed from Getty Images