ᑕ❶ᑐ World Cup 2022: Brazil became the top scorer in the tournament in Qatar
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Brazil coach Tite didn’t show off the smoothest dance moves of the night, but he epitomized the football carnival of an elder statesman twirling with his players in a sober suit.
Tite cut an incongruous figure among his players, but he simply couldn’t resist joining in the general samba as Brazil scored the biggest goal of this World Cup in Friday’s emphatic victory over hosts South Korea in their quarter-final with Croatia.
Brazil produced some of the best football of the tournament in a 4-1 win, inspiring the 61-year-old Tite to go all out as he celebrated his status as World Cup favourites.
Richarlison scored Brazil’s third goal after just 29 minutes of a long-lasting first half to put Qatar on the scoring show for the second time.
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It was a miracle that passed through the territory.
The Tottenham forward juggled the ball three times with his head and once with his feet, then sent it back to Marquinhos.
He teed up Thiago Silva and his first pass to the onrushing Richarlison, who slotted past South Korean goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu for the deserved result.
If Richarlison’s free-wheeling strike against Serbia was magical, it may be matched by a sublime blend of individual brilliance and passing excellence.
It was poetry in motion in the first half, like almost all of Brazilian football. He said, “We are here. Can you stop us? »
All this and the return of Neymar.
Despite losing Gabriel Jesus and Alex Telles to injury, Brazil have not been in better form in the last eight.
Neymar grabbed the headlines as he made his return from an ankle problem, but had to share the line with strikers Richarlison and Vinicius Junior.
Vinicius showed his class to put Brazil ahead after just 7 minutes and Neymar was then substituted, although the ‘Riverdance’ footwork from his stuttering approach unnecessarily embellished the penalty. In doing so, he eclipsed Pele’s all-time record of 77 goals for his country.
West Ham United’s Lucas Paqueta stole a sumptuous fourth from Vinicius’ pass before half-time to now allow Brazil to keep the energy up for Croatia.
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Brazil struggled for this World Cup, even losing to Cameroon in the group stage, but they were a great team at full strength for the first 45 minutes and sent a message to their opponents that they at least have what it takes to win the trophy. .
It was not just a performance – it was the joy of Brazilians. Such football is their national emblem.
Even Tite allowed Brazil standout goalkeeper Alisson 10 minutes as he sent on third-choice Weverton. This meant that Brazil became the first team to use all 26 players in this World Cup.
And it even got Dad’s veteran coach to dance, although the pre-rehearsed dance moves after the goals lasted so long that many observers wondered if it was disrespectful to their opponents.
On the contrary, Brazil played in the finest traditions of their country with such freedom of expression that their promotion was only natural.
Whether it was a corner flag or Tite, the Brazilian players were so committed to their joy that they were happy to take anything as a dance partner.
Neymar’s presence boosted their early work, with teammates looking for the returning superstar. He spent 81 minutes in the tank before being replaced by Rodrigo.
Neymar became the third Brazilian to score from the spot in at least three World Cups – in 2014, 2018 and 2022.
Pele scored four goals in 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970, while Ronaldo scored three goals in 1998, 2002 and 2006.
To add to the impression that Brazil have the strongest all-round team in Qatar, Allison showed why he is one of the world’s elite goalkeepers with a series of good saves that calmed down in the second half.
It’s a scary prospect for Croatia and anyone they might face here. Brazil have the attacking power to beat anyone, and if you can get to the other side, Liverpool’s exceptional goalkeeping presents a formidable obstacle.
Tite’s team is looking at the complete package.
Brazil is in the 1/4 finals of the World Cup for the eighth time in a row and dedicated this performance to Pele. who is in the hospitalAt the final whistle, they displayed a giant banner bearing the name of the 82-year-old.
Pele would have appreciated the gesture and he no doubt nodded in approval of Brazil’s biggest statement performance of any country so far at this World Cup.
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