Richarlison scored a beautiful scissor kick in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia at the FIFA World Cup. AP
Doha: At one point, Richarlison broke down in tears fearing he might miss the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. In mid-October he sustained a calf injury at Tottenham Hotspur in a Premier League game against his former club Everton.
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“Four weeks ago I cried and doubted if I would come. The day I went to the tests was one of the slowest of my life because I was lying there on the stretcher waiting for the results,” he said Thursday.
“The doctors came by and I just nervously waited. It was worth all the effort I put into my recovery. Three sessions a day. I really wanted to come to the World Cup.”
It was worth the effort as Richarlison scored a second-half brace for Brazil in their 2-0 win over Serbia at the Lusail Stadium.
He opened the scoring just after the hour mark and tapped a rebound into the net after a shot was saved by Vinicius Jr.
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But he saved best for the 73rd minute. He received the ball from Vinicius Jr., controlled the ball with one touch and then unleashed a sensational scissor kick to smash through the defender and leave the keeper no chance.
“It’s a childhood dream come true,” the striker told Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo after the Group G game that put Brazil in the hunt for their sixth title.
“We played well, especially in the second half when our opponents started to tire and we took advantage of that.”
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When asked about the stunning strike, his 19th of 39 appearances for the Selecao, Richarlison said he practiced scoring that way at pre-tournament training camp.
“I scored a similar goal in training in Italy and today I had a chance to volley one in and it went off,” he noted.
“I said during the week that it was difficult to break their block.
“I’m used to playing games like this in England where teams tend to sit back, so I knew if I got the chance I had to take it.”
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Date updated: November 25, 2022 08:35:53 IST