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Brazil winners, losers and ratings: Unlucky Jesus, Richarlison's closing in on that World Cup No.9 shirt

14:00 SAST 2022/09/24
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Brazil breezed past Ghana in their penultimate game before the World Cup, with Richarlison seriously strengthening his hold on the No.9 jersey.

A friendly win for Brazil that would have been tough viewing for in-form Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus, who was controversially left out of the squad entirely by Tite.

Jesus has started the season superbly and will have been harbouring hopes of wrestling the striker spot - in what is essentially the battle to be Neymar's sidekick - away from Richarlison. However, the Tottenham forward produced a stunning riposte in Le Havre, netting twice as Brazil romped to a 3-0 victory.

Overall, this was as convincing as it gets for Tite's side. Marquinhos nodded them in front inside nine minutes, meeting Raphinha's corner with a clinical header.

And Richarlison - a livewire throughout - wasted little time adding to his side's advantage, with Neymar setting up both of his strikes before the break.

The second half was equally comfortable, but no further goals came. Attention now turns to Brazil's final game before the World Cup kicks off - a meeting with Tunisia on September 27 at Parc de Princes. The stage is set for Neymar in that one!

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    The Winners

    Richarlison:

    The question of who should start up front for Brazil at the World Cup is the biggest dilemma that Tite has to solve ahead of the tournament. And on Friday night Richarlison again showed that he is a reliable choice.

    Playing centrally, but always drifting into the channels too, he netted two well-taken goals to propel his side to victory.

    Off the ball, he was typically industrious, always putting pressure on the Ghanaian defence and never letting them settle.

    Neymar:

    Neymar carried his scintillating recent club form over to the international stage against Ghana.

    Handed a nominal 'No.10' role, the Paris Saint-Germain superstar laid on each of Richarlison's goals. Now aged 30, he has greater maturity and if he keeps firing on all cylinders he could ultimately make the difference as Brazil look to claim World Cup glory once again.

    Lucas Paqueta:

    Central midfield is another disputed area of the pitch for Tite - but Lucas Paqueta's display will have impressed the Brazil manager.

    Afforded significant freedom in the middle, the West Ham summer signing demonstrated intensity and vision, carving out more than one presentable opportunities for his team-mates in the final third.

  • Matheus Cunha Brasil Gana 23 09 2022

    The Losers

    Gabriel Jesus:

    Of course, the biggest loser from this one was Jesus.

    He could not have done much more to convince Tite he deserved a place in this squad since moving to Arsenal, but the Brazil boss still overlooked him.

    His chances of starting in the World Cup took another hit here, thanks to Richarlison's exploits.

    Pedro:

    Those hoping for an underdog triumph may have wanted the free-scoring Flamengo frontman to grab a hat-trick here and throw another spanner in the works as Tite decides on his primary striker.

    Unfortunately for Pedro, he did not get off the bench - not even for a brief cameo. Perhaps things will be different against Tunisia, but for now it seems difficult to imagine him going to the World Cup.

    Matheus Cunha:

    Completing the trio of forwards who would have been left frustrated by this one is Cunha.

    Unlike Pedro, he did get on for a bit, but struggled to impress as the game became disjointed following a host of substitutions.

    After failing to score or create much, his World Cup prospects now hang by a thread.

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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.

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    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.

  • Tite Brasil Gana 23 09 2022

    Subs & Manager

    Bremer (5/10):

    Replaced Thiago Silva and helped keep the clean sheet.

    Fabinho (5/10):

    Stepped in for Casemiro and fared similarly well.

    Antony (6/10):

    Showed good close control and remains in the Brazil picture after his move to Manchester United.

    Matheus Cunha (4/10):

    Failed to convert Paqueta's searching cross and was yellow carded in a disappointing cameo.

    Rodrygo & Everton Ribeiro (N/A):

    Came on for the final minutes.

    Tite (8/10):

    Made a formational tweak that helped Brazil dominate proceedings. Seems to have the right blend heading into the World Cup and his selection of Richarlison paid off.