Magic, pure magic. The goal, which combines ballet, athleticism and acrobatics, can only be to create an extraordinary talent. Richarlison’s goal was a truly magical moment at the World Cup in Qatar. A moment that will repeat itself endlessly. One that will find a place in the iconic moments of the World Cup.
Vinicius Junior broke down the left and crossed the ball to Richarlison, who was inches from the penalty spot. The Brazilian, who had his back to the Serbian goal, was able to turn and shoot, but the pass was a bit quick. What Richarlison did next was nothing short of pure magic.
Football gave way to ballet. Richarlison calmly picked up the ball and as it landed on his shoulder he spun and unleashed an acrobatic volley into the air. Power combined with precision. The ball flew into the Serbian goal. It was stunning. Spectacular. Explosive. A stroke of genius.
The singing, heaving Lusail Stadium erupted into a deafening roar as the football players in yellow and blue gathered on the field, dancing and singing. A typical Brazilian holiday. A holiday that resonated around the world.
The second goal was the highlight that gave way to a flurry of attacks. Richarlison, Vinicius and Neymar were soon benched. Antony, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli appeared. Rodrgio replaced the lively Casemiro in midfield. The shots on goal for Serbia did not let up, and one rattled the goal as well. The display of Brazilian firepower was frightening.
The Serbs held off the marauding Brazilians for 62 minutes in the Group G match. Much of the game was played in Serbia’s half, with the defense holding up well. For a while, the Brazilians looked stagnant, and Richarlison had disappeared so much that Gabriel Jesus looked like a better option.
Before such thoughts died, Neymar’s shot into the box scattered the Serbian defense. Vinicius hit the pass, which was blocked by Serbian goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic. Richarlison pounced on the rebound and slotted home. A cathartic moment for the Brazilian forward and his teams.
The goal buried the demons of Richarlison’s poor season with Tottenham Hotspurs. With the millstone out of his neck it was time to create magic. He doubled it with a stunning bicycle kick that kicked the Brazilians into high gear. Soon they started playing as favorites. As the number one team in the world. With enthusiasm and power they dominated the field.
A truly classic Brazilian performance. So domineering yet delightful. Powerful and pleasant. This is Samba style. The Seleção are here with a new arsenal, eager to banish the bitter memories of the last 20 years.
Move over, Neymar. De Andrade Richarlison has arrived.