Brazil's Olympic campaign got off to the perfect start on Thursday as they brushed Germany aside 4-2 in Group D, thanks to Richarlison scoring a hat-trick inside the first 30 minutes.
Richarlison appears to be intent on fully realizing his unquestionable potential in his national colours, with no Neymar to steal the limelight. The game was just seven minutes old when he broke the deadlock, firing past Florian Muller at the second attempt.
Then, 23 minutes later, he fired a powerful header home for his second goal before curling a beautiful shot past Muller for his third. Nadiem Amiri and Ragnar Ache gave Brazil a scare in the second half, but Paulinho came off the bench to make the points safe in injury time.
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1 Posted 22/07/2021 at 14:23:09
'Nothing better than being in Brazil when the national team are playing and winning.'
Different times, matey. LOADS were AGAINST the recent Copa America being hosted here due to the CV-19 situation.
I have never seen such apathy and indifference to 'a seleção' as I have in recent weeks.
Normally when they are playing, as you say, when Brazil score every household erupts, the fireworks go off, car horns blare and kids run up and down the streets in hysterical excitement.
There has been absolutely none of that this year. Nada. Zero.
3-2 now (even with a red card for Germany) with 5 minutes of injury time to go and Brazil looking nervous.
Nerves settled. Late 4th goal for Brazil.
3 Posted 22/07/2021 at 17:37:12
Also, given that James and Benitez have history at Real Madrid, you can't see him hanging around, so maybe with Richarlison not starting the season and possibly James moved on, we may have to start the season with both Townsend and Gray on the flanks.
Brendan Rodgers is a shrewd operator; if Gray was any good, he wouldn't have let him leave… and obviously Bayer Leverkusen are letting him go for next to nothing.
4 Posted 22/07/2021 at 17:46:04
And thanks for the temptation Mike, that may be my personal issue that requires some time off.
5 Posted 22/07/2021 at 17:53:48
6 Posted 22/07/2021 at 17:55:11
7 Posted 22/07/2021 at 18:01:11
Want to see Mbappe against U-23 defenders.
8 Posted 22/07/2021 at 18:36:42
9 Posted 22/07/2021 at 18:51:32
Sell, sell, sell for a good fee. I can't stand his moody body language and his diving.
10 Posted 22/07/2021 at 18:52:00
11 Posted 22/07/2021 at 19:15:17
Tricky. I wonder whether there are any players at Reall Madrid who Rafa would be interested in...
12 Posted 22/07/2021 at 19:48:31
Add, don't subtract.
13 Posted 22/07/2021 at 22:36:03
14 Posted 22/07/2021 at 00:01:54
We really need to keep him but if I remember correctly Carlo asked him to stay one more season last year and now that he has gone we may see a player / cash deal being offered. In Carlo's words if you don't want to stay, go. (Hmm he did, didn't he?) The way it's going if Kean, James and Richarlison go for couple of hundred million, Siggy, Bernard, Kenny, Coleman?, probably on there way out with a few more, will be a real clear out. It was needed but it's still scary till we see the alternatives come in..
15 Posted 23/07/2021 at 00:17:27
I wouldn't want RIcharlison to leave this summer, James' departure is probably inevitable, given his previous relationship with Benitez. Moise Keen possibly but not certain to go, losing Richarlison would despite his sulkiness and lack of goals last season would leave us pretty light on creativity, as he can and does make goals for himself. Everton by allowing Richarlison to go to Tokyo, might just persuade him to give us another season before he actively seeks a move to another club
16 Posted 23/07/2021 at 06:40:44
17 Posted 23/07/2021 at 07:50:25
18 Posted 23/07/2021 at 08:06:45
Of course we also have 3 players in the women's event and Niels Nkounkou in the French squad (though they didn't make the best start).
19 Posted 23/07/2021 at 09:35:40
The drugs really do work.
20 Posted 23/07/2021 at 09:49:30
I hope I am right in feeling he will stay for at least this new season and repay the club's (Rafa's) understanding of how important it is to him to represent his country in the Olympics.
Jeeesus! How many highly paid individuals could give a rat's arse about their country. This guy is something special and we should do everything to keep him on board at Everton. Okay, he regularly looks miserable on the pitch but there are experts that can be called upon to to help with this. IMO, the first step could be to contract with Ash Barty's mental strength coach. He's pretty damn good!
21 Posted 23/07/2021 at 21:28:56
22 Posted 24/07/2021 at 00:42:22
A happy smiling player is always a positive. I just hope it's a positives for Everton and not another's team.
24 Posted 28/07/2021 at 14:27:20
25 Posted 28/07/2021 at 16:08:24
I thought it was a bad decision to let Richarlison go to Tokyo. However, with hindsight, I'm happy with it. It clearly means the world to him and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
Just maybe, he'll come back confident, happy and ready to do it for us. If not, he has certainly enhanced his reputation, whatever the quality of the opposition.
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