DOHA: Richarlison, who scored both goals as Brazil defeated Serbia 2-0 to begin their quest for a sixth championship, thought back to his emotions when he thought he could miss the World Cup.
The Tottenham Hotspur forward told Brazilian television network TV Globo that his second-half hat trick in the Group G match at the Lusail Stadium was “a boyhood dream come true.”
We performed admirably, particularly in the second half when we took advantage of our opponents’ growing fatigue.
Just after the hour mark, Richarlison scored the game’s first goal after advancing to the goal after Vinicius Jr.’s effort had been blocked.
He left his best for last, however, scoring with a fantastic aerial scissor kick in the 73rd minute after handling a cross from Vinicius.
After the 25-year-old was forced off the field with a calf injury while playing for Spurs in a Premier League match against his previous team Everton in the middle of October, there were concerns he wouldn’t make the Brazil squad for the competition.
“Four weeks ago, I was sobbing and unsure about my ability to attend. Because I was waiting there on the stretcher for the results, the day I had my tests was among the slowest of my life, he remarked.
“I was just waiting anxiously as the physicians passed.
“All the work I put into my recuperation was worthwhile. Three classes every day. I was adamant that I would attend the World Cup.”
On Monday, Tite’s team will play Switzerland, who defeated Cameroon 1-0 earlier on Thursday in the other Group G match.