EVERTON STAR ON TARGET FOR BRAZIL
Everton attacker Richarlison scored one of the goals as Brazil navigated a tough game at Uruguay with relative ease. It was the standout game on Matchday 4 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the South American section. Brazil beat Uruguay 2-0 away from home to continue their perfect start to the qualifiers.
The five-time world champions took the lead on 34 minutes through new Juventus midfielder Arthur before Richarlison added a second goal on the stroke of half-time. Any hopes of a comeback from the home team in the second half was extinguished when Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani was sent off with 19 minutes left on the clock with the help of VAR.
The Brazilians had started their qualifying campaign with wins over Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela before the tough test in Montevideo against the Uruguayans. It was potentially a difficult game for Uruguay, but they made light work of the task to get the three points at stake. The win was more remarkable because it was without star player Neymar who failed to recover in time for the match.
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Neymar has been injured since theChampions League victory at the home of Istanbul Basaksehir FC of Turkey. He was given an intense physiotherapy to work with upon reporting to the Brazilian national team camp,but it was not enough to get him fit for the Venezuela, Uruguay qualifiers.
In his absence, Richarlison rose to the challenge to ensure that Brazil stayed ahead of archrivals Argentina on the South American table. Everton would be hoping that the Brazil player continues the good form in front of goal ahead of the Fulham game this weekend.
Richarlison will return to the Everton team for the match scheduled for Craven Cottage.His return will be a massive boost for the Toffees who have not won a game since his dismissal in the Merseyside Derby last month.