Football: Richarlison double as Brazil stroll past Ghana

Richarlison celebrates after scoring a goal against Ghana on Sept 23, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Richarlison scored twice as Brazil breezed past Ghana with a comfortable 3-0 victory in a friendly in Le Havre, France, on Friday.

Brazil's first-half performance gave fans plenty of reason to be excited by a young team heading into the World Cup when they will bid for a record-extending sixth title.

They dominated Ghana from the start with an aggressive pressing game featuring attacking players Vinicius Jr, Raphinha, Richarlison and Neymar, who delivered two assists.

Marquinhos opened the scoring after nine minutes with a bullet header from a corner by Raphinha.

Richarlison extended the lead 19 minutes later with a pinpoint first-time strike from the edge of the area into the bottom-left corner.

The Tottenham Hotspur forward added the third five minutes before half-time with a clever header from a free kick by Neymar.

"I hope that Brazilian fans believe in me more because here in the national team I score a lot," Richarlison said.

"I'm wearing jersey No. 9 and every time I wear it, I'm scoring a goal. I come here and I do my work quietly."

With victory assured and heavy rain falling in Normandy, the five-time world champions eased off in the second half as coach Tite sent on several substitutes.

Antony almost scored the fourth in the 75th minute from a cross from Lucas Paqueta after a fine combination between the West Ham United midfielder and Neymar, who played the whole 90 minutes as an attacking midfielder.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward almost scored a brilliant goal in the 80th minute after sprinting past three defenders but sent his shot just wide and he lashed a stunning long-range strike past the post.

Brazil play Tunisia in Paris on Tuesday, their last game before their World Cup Group G opener against Serbia on Nov 24. REUTERS

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