THAT is why Richarlison is Brazil's No.9! Winners, losers & ratings as Spurs striker lights up World Cup in Serbia win

Richarlison goal Brazil Serbia 2022 World CupGetty/GOAL

It's fair to say we can end the debate about who should be Brazil's No.9 right here – the shirt belongs to Richarlison.

The Tottenham man was the hero, scoring twice as the five-times World Cup winners began their 2022 campaign in style, beating Serbia 2-0 in Doha's Lusail Iconic Stadium.

After watching Argentina, their great rivals, fall victim to one of the great World Cup shocks against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Tite's men knew they would have to be fully focused if they were to avoid a similar fate.

They were, defending ruggedly, and then ruthlessly taking advantage with two goals in the space of 11 second-half minutes, Richarlison first reacting quickest to fire home after Vinicius Junior's shot was saved, and then adding a second with a spectacular overhead kick soon after.

A win over Switzerland on Monday, then, would see the Selecao safely into the last 16, and you'd back them to get it. Twenty years on from the last of their World Cup triumphs, Brazil look like they have a side which can go all the way once more.

Below, GOAL takes a look at the winners & losers from Thursday's game...