Richarlison demonstrates why he is one in 200 million for Brazil

“You’re going to go Pigeon here alone”, laughed Tite. BrazilThe coach had just finished his media duties for the night, the espresso cup in his hand empty. “I will not be able to hug Richard?” he said, disappointed. Brazil’s match-winner was tied up in drug control, waiting for the call of the wild.

“I’m trying to pee, it’s hard,” Richarlison said, though he didn’t let any time go to waste.

“I was able to call Ney and see how he is doing,” Richarlison revealed. neymar had buried his head in his yellow and green jersey to hide tears after spraining his right ankle, “cheating” Tite by playing through the pain barrier for another 11 minutes against Serbian. “I told him to put some ice on it,” Richarlison said as if he were a member of Brazil’s medical staff.

Despite Tite’s confidence, Neymar “will continue playing in the World Cup“Past injuries in this competition are a troubling topic in his career and will keep him on his feet.

Richarlison promised to stop by her room at the Westin before she went to bed. “When I get to the hotel I’m going to go see how she is,” he said. Richarlison will probably not sleep, the excitement of scoring the goal of the tournament unlikely to fade on the short bus ride from Lusail.

“I think it was a beautiful goal,” he said. “I already scored a goal like that against Fluminense and Everton. Today I had the opportunity to score an acrobatic goal, possibly one of the most beautiful goals of my career. It was a tough match, so I think it was one of the best of my career.” After all, scissor kicks are a Richarlison trademark. The even scored one at a training camp in Turin last week.

“It is the result of practice”, Fred he said in the mixed zone. “It is not easy to arrive and score. It is the result of his training and of the whole group”.

Practice makes perfect. At half-time against Serbia, with the score still 0-0, Richarlison rallied his teammates around him and said something needed to change. “I told them I needed a ball and it arrived, I was ready and I managed to score.”

The first was a tap-in after Vanja Milinkovic-Savic spilled a shot of Vini Jnr. The second was something else. Earlier this week, Richarlison’s teammate Pedroa competitor for the role of starting striker for Brazil, said the tottenham hotspur The striker has the essência do brasileiro, the very essence of a Brazilian. This goal proved it.

On the subway to the game, there were fans from all over the world heading to Lusail to see Brazil. The idea that they play football the way it should be played with style and skill lingers, seizes the imagination.

Well-to-do Qataris in Brazil jerseys wanted to show their children what football is all about. Richarlison’s goal was exactly that, the manifestation of the Brazilian ideal that dates back to Pelé and Garrincha in 1958.

Kicking off a cross off Vinicius Jnr’s foot, Richarlison then stunned the ball with his left, lifting the ball into the air, placing one hand on the floor and swinging his right foot towards it, Capoeira style, hooking a shot past the ball. stripped Milinkovic-Savic.

As with his first goal, the entire Brazil bench jumped off the bench and ran to the corner flag to celebrate with him and the rest of the team.

Even Tite got carried away. “Sometimes the feelings cannot be explained,” she said. “They are feelings.” The 61-year-old man, dressed in a cobalt blue suit, wanted to convey “how much work is behind that goal.”

He spoke about the physios, now working on Neymar, who helped get Richarlison back to fitness after the calf injury he picked up against former club Everton in mid-October.

Richarlison was “scared”, in a panic that he might disrupt his World Cup. Tite was also worried.

When gabriel jesus was sent off in the 2019 Copa América final against Peru, which could jeopardize Brazil’s chances of winning the competition, Richarlison came on and scored the game-killing penalty.

He was the top scorer at the 2020 Olympics when Brazil won the gold medal and the top scorer for Brazil in 2022. “It’s just like O’Professor (Tite) says,” Richarlison reminded everyone Thursday night. It “smells” of goals. that’s why they choose it ArsenalIt is Jesus in form.

Seeking to explain Serbia’s 2-0 defeat, their coach, the legendary Piksi Stojkovic, said: “We are not Brazil with 200 million people (to choose from). We are a small nation.” Yes dusan vlahovic Y Philip Kostic are hurt and Alejandro Mitrovic he’s not fully fit, that’s a problem.

Tite, on the other hand, recited his options, in Qatar and those he left at home as the winning forward of the Copa Libertadores, Gabriel Barbosa, Roberto Firmino, Matheus Cunha and Hulk. It serves to underscore the competition Richarlison has had in making the number 9 jersey his own.

It is one in 200m. “It’s a child’s dream come true,” smiled Richarlison.

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