Brazil champions, losses, and ratings: Richarlison is rapidly approaching the World Cup No. 9 jersey.

Brazil champions, losses, and ratings: Richarlison is rapidly approaching the World Cup No. 9 jersey.

In Brazil's last game before the World Cup, they easily defeated Ghana, with Richarlison further solidifying his grip on the No. 9 shirt.

Brazil won a friendly, which must have been frustrating for the red-hot Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus, who was surprisingly left off Tite's side.

 

Jesus has gotten off to a great start this season, and he'll be hoping to displace Richarlison as the team's starting striker in a contest that amounts to nothing more than who will serve as Neymar's backup. Nonetheless, the Tottenham attacker responded well in Le Havre, scoring twice as Brazil cruised to a 3-0 win.

 

As far as Tite's side is concerned, this is as good as it gets. In only the ninth minute, Marquinhos put them up by heading in Raphinha's corner.

And Richarlison, a spark plug all game long, didn't waste any time extending his team's lead, scoring twice in quick succession with assists from Neymar.

Neither half was very eventful, but in the second there were no goals. Brazil's last tuneup before the World Cup begins is on September 27 at Parc de Princes against Tunisia. In such situation, Neymar has a great chance to shine.

 

Richarlison Neymar Brasil Gana 23 09 2022

The Winners

Richarlison:

Before the World Cup, Tite's greatest conundrum is deciding who will start up front for Brazil. In addition, Richarlison confirmed his dependability as a selection on Friday night.

He played in the middle but was constantly moving towards the channels, and his two goals were crucial in his team's triumph.

Off the ball, he was normally diligent, never allowing the Ghanaian defence get comfortable.

Neymar:

Neymar's brilliant play for club and country in previous games was on full display against Ghana.

The PSG superstar, playing in the 'No.10' position, assisted on all three of Richarlison's goals. Now 30 years old, with more life experience under his belt, he has the potential to be the game-changer as Brazil seeks to win the World Cup for a record sixth time.

Paqueta (Lucas):

Even though Tite has his doubts about central midfield, the Brazil manager will be pleased with Lucas Paqueta's performance.

The West Ham summer acquisition was given a lot of room to operate in the midfield, and he took full advantage by showing off his passion and vision and creating many quality scoring chances for his teammates.

Matheus Cunha Brasil Gana 23 09 2022

The Losers

Gabriel Jesus:

Jesus was, of course, the one who stood to lose the most.

Since arriving at Arsenal, he couldn't have done much more to persuade Tite that he belonged in this team, but the Brazil manager still passed on him.

His hopes of making the starting lineup for Brazil at the World Cup were dealt another blow by Richarlison's performance here.

Pedro:

Those rooting for the underdog may have hoped that Flamengo's free-scoring forward would score a hat trick to further complicate Tite's pursuit of a starting striker.

I'm sorry to say that Pedro did not even receive a cameo appearance. The match against Tunisia presents an opportunity for a turnaround, but at this point it's hard to see him making it to the World Cup.

Matheus Cunha.

Cunha completes the front three who were likely left disappointed by this result.

Unlike Pedro, he did receive some playing time, but he was unable to make an impact as the game turned chaotic due to several substitutions.

His chances of making the World Cup are slim as he failed to score or generate many chances.

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Brazil Ratings: Defence

Alisson (5/10):

The Liverpool stopper was largely a spectator as Brazil were so dominant in France.

Eder Militao (7/10):

Deployed at right-back, the defender showed he is more than capable of deputising in that position if required. He was calm in possession and helped progress the ball into midfield.

Thiago Silva (6/10):

Has surpassed Lucio as the most-capped Brazilian centre-back of all time. Did not have much to do, but played his part.

Marquinhos (7/10):

Scored the opener, again showing how effective he can be from set pieces.

Alex Telles (5/10):

He didn't affect the game that dramatically but wasn't awful.

 

Midfield

Lucas Paqueta (7.5/10):

The motor of his side - it seemed there was two or three of him on the field. He tackled, created and could have grabbed a goal on another day.

Casemiro (6/10):

Dealt with the small amount of defensive work required easily. An important cog in the machine.

 

Neymar Brasil Gana 23 09 2022

Attack

Vinicius Junior (7/10):

Linked up well with Neymar down the left wing. Almost assisted Paqueta with a wonderful trivela pass.

Raphinha (6.5/10):

Missed a great chance early on, but partially made up for that by setting up Marquinhos with a signature corner.

Neymar (8/10):

One of Brazil's star men. Looked comfortable in a central role and although he didn't he score, he did assist Richarlison for both of his strikes.

Richarlison (8/10):

Excellent on and off the ball. Two goals and never stopped running - you cannot ask for much more. At the moment, he starts in Qatar.


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