Magic, pure magic. A goal that combines ballet, athletics and acrobatics can only be the creation of exceptional talent. Richarlison’s goal was indeed a magical moment at the World Cup in Qatar. A moment that will be repeated endlessly. One that will find a place in the iconic moments of the World Cup.
Vinicius Junior sliced from the left and deflected the ball to Richarlison, who was inches from the penalty spot. The Brazilian, with his back to the Serbian goal, could have turned and shot, but the pass was a little quick. What Richarlison did next was nothing but pure magic.
Football gave way to ballet. Richarlison calmly flicked the ball up and as it tumbled over his shoulder, he spun around and unleashed an acrobatic mid-air volley. Power paired with precision. The ball flew into the Serbian goal. It was amazing. Spectacular. Explosive. A brilliant shot.
The singing, heaving Lusail Stadium erupted in a deafening roar as the footballers in yellow and blue danced and sang on the pitch. A typical Brazilian festival. A celebration that resonated around the world.
The second goal was the crowning moment, giving way to a barrage of attacks. Richarlison, Vinicius and Neymar were soon benched. Antony, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli were added. Rodrgyo replaced the erratic Casemiro in midfield. The shots at the Serbian goal didn’t let up, one made the woodwork tremble. The display of Brazilian firepower was terrifying.
The Serbs held off the marauding Brazilians for 62 minutes in the Group G game. Much of the game was played in the Serbian half, with good defense. For a while the Brazilians looked stale and Richarlison was so much gone that Gabriel Jesus looked like a better option.
Before such thoughts died, Neymar’s jerky run into the penalty area spread the Serbian defense. Vinicius whipped the pass which was blocked by Serbian goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic. Richarlison lunged for the rebound and slammed it home. A cathartic moment for the Brazilian striker and his teams.
The goal buried the demons of Richarlison’s poor season at Tottenham Hotspur. With the millstone from his neck, it was time to create magic. He doubled it with a stunning overhead kick that sent the Brazilians into higher gear. Soon they were playing like the favorites. Like number one in the world. With panache and panache they dominated the field.
A classic Brazilian performance indeed. So dominant and yet adorable. Powerful and pleasant. This is Samba style. The Selecao are here with a new arsenal, striving to banish the bitter memories of the past 20 years.
Move, Neymar. De Andrade Richarlison has arrived.