Richarlison scores sensational scissor kick during Brazil vs Serbia; watch video

Richarlison scored a stunning scissor kick in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Serbia in the FIFA World Cup. AP

Doha: At one point, Richarlison was reduced to tears in fears that he might miss the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. He came off for Tottenham Hotspur in an English Premier League match against his former club Everton in mid-October with a calf injury.

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“Four weeks ago I cried and doubted whether I would come. The day I went for tests was one of the slowest of my life because I was there on the stretcher waiting to get the results,” he said on Thursday.

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“The doctors passed and I just waited nervously. It was worth all the effort I put into my recovery. Three sessions a day. I was determined to get to the World Cup.”

It was all worth it as Richarlison scored a second-half brace for Brazil in their 2-0 win over Serbia at the Lusail Stadium.

He opened the scoring just after the hour mark, tapping a rebound into the net after a Vinicius Jr. shot was saved.

But he saved the best for the 73rd minute. He received the ball from Vinicius Jr, controlled the ball with one touch and then unleashed a sensational scissor kick to beat the defender and leave no chance for the goalkeeper.

“It’s a boyhood dream come true,” the striker told Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo after the Group G game that set Brazil on course for a sixth title.

“We played well, especially in the second half when our opponents started to tire and we took advantage of that.”

Asked about the stunning strike, his 19th in 39 appearances for the Selecao, Richarlison said he had practiced scoring in such a way during the pre-tournament training camp.

“I scored a similar one in training when we were in Italy and today I had the opportunity to hit one on the volley and it came off,” he noted.

“I said during the week that it was difficult to break through their block.

“I’m used to playing in games like that in England, where teams tend to sit back, so I knew if I got the opportunity I had to take it.”

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