Soccer News: Brazil’s Richarlison reflects on ‘one of the most beautiful goals I’ve ever scored’ after winning the start

    Tite admitted it was not easy to choose a starting striker, but he was delighted with Richarlison’s performance after the Brazilians scored both goals in a 2-0 draw against Serbia on Thursday.

    Richarlison received the nod at number nine ahead of Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus and Flamengo’s Pedro and after a scoreless first half he was ready to push on goal in the 62nd minute after Vinicius Junior’s shot was parried on his way.

    It would have been just an aperitif as just 10 minutes later he produced what would become a contender for the goal of the tournament when he controlled a Vinicius cross from calf height with his left foot, tossing him into the air before acrobatically turning around and volleying. home over the shoulder with the right boot.

    It was his 19th international cap and he scored 88 goals for the club in his career and he said after the match that he thought it might be his best result.

    “It was a great goal,” he told reporters. “Possibly one of the best of my entire career.

    “This is the World Cup, it was a tough match… it was one of the most beautiful goals I’ve ever scored.”

    Tite talked about how agonizing it was to choose between the wealth of forward talent at his disposal, as well as the impression Richarlison made on him, especially in the second half.

    “I must tell you, I had six or seven names to name [as striker]and whoever I call, we would have a great team,” said Tite.

    “So we came with Pedro, Richarlison and Gabriel. We could have [Gabriel] Barbosa, we could have Firmino, we could have [Matheus] Kunya, we could have had the Hulk. We have a huge number and you have to choose someone.

    “Richarlison is great, we see how he controls the ball… In the second half, he created a lot of volume, adapted, calmed down a bit, became more accurate in passing.

    “The first touch of the ball is critical to his movement, and then he started with volume, volume, volume of plays.”

    When asked if he was potentially disappointed by how difficult the fight was early on, Tite made it clear that he did not see Serbia as an easy fixture.

    “Serbia were very, very good and very fast in the first half. “But here you have to keep that rhythm and maintain that level throughout the match.

    “They finished the first half very quickly, very good technically, they were able to get the ball in and put it in quickly and we couldn’t stop them from putting the ball in the game.

    “This is a team that beat Portugal in qualifying, and played very consistently in qualifying with opponents at a very high level. They are a great team and we were able to control them in both halves. In the second half we were able to play more aggressively thanks to fine tuning.

    “They were very, very high quality. There was always a lot of pressure, so it required a lot of us.”

    Brazil will continue their campaign in Group G on Monday when they play Switzerland before closing out the group stage against Cameroon next Friday.

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