Richarlison hat trick powers Brazil to win over Germany in rematch of Rio final


Richarlison scored a hat trick inside 30 minutes to propel Brazil over Germany, 4-2, in a rematch of the Rio 2016 gold medal match.

Wearing the famed No. 10 shirt for Brazil, Richarlison punished disorganized German defending in the first half. The Everton striker scored his first goal just seven minutes into the Group D match.

Attacking midfielder Antony played a pass into space behind the German defense where Richarlison had made a dangerous run. His first shot drew a save from German goalkeeper Florian Muller, but the rebound fell right back to Richarlison, who poked the ball into the net and proceeded to break out into dance.

The Samba would resume fifteen minutes later as Richarlison – fresh from participating in the Copa America tournament with Brazil’s senior national team – scored his second goal. Advancing right back Guilherme Arana spotted his striker unmarked in Germany’s penalty area and picked him out with a perfect head-high cross. Richarlison finished off the chance with a thundering header.

The third goal, in the 30th minute, was the prettiest of the bunch. Richarlison received a pass from strike partner Matheus Cunha in Germany’s half, dribbled into the penalty box and curled a right-footed shot around Muller into the bottom corner.