Reds help Brazil start 2022 World Cup with win
Manchester United’s Antony, Casemiro and Fred featured for Brazil as they kicked off their 2022 World Cup campaign with victory over Serbia.
The five-time winners of the competition triumphed 2-0 at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar, ensuring that they put an early three points on the board in Group G.
Tottenham forward Richarlison got both of the difference-making strikes in the second half, with the latter - an acrobatic effort - an instant Goal of the Tournament contender.
Casemiro’s game by numbers vs. Serbia:— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 24, 2022
86% pass accuracy
56 passes completed
11 final third passes
3 long balls completed
3/3 tackles won
3/3 ground duels won
2/3 aerial duels won
1 key pass
Effortless. 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/tC6tQg4k1T
The 30-year-old nearly capped off a brilliant all-round performance for the favourites with a stunning shot late on, that cannoned away off the woodwork.
In the closing stages, fellow Reds Fred and Antony were both introduced by Tite for their debuts at the tournament.
Alex Telles, who is currently on a season-long loan with Sevilla, awaits his World Cup bow having been an unused substitute in Lusail.
That fixture is set to take place at Stadium 974 in Doha on Monday (16:00 GMT).