While you dream of glory, your rival pulls out all the stops to make his dream come true.
Richarlison scored both of Brazil’s goals in their 2-0 win over Serbia, the second in an iconic strike described as ‘one of the greatest in World Cup history’.
After mishandling a firm pass from Vinicius Jr, the Tottenham striker improvised incredibly with a terrific kick over Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.
“It was just an absolutely stunning goal to watch,” Ashton said in commentary for talkSPORT after the match.
“It’s the one you dreamed of as a kid in your bedroom where you throw your socks in the air and dramatically kick over the wall into the wall where you painted yourself a goal.
“Richarlison just made his dream come true, that’s for sure.”
“It’s instinctive. He won’t have thought about it, it’s that instinctive move where you’re going to take the touch and lift it a fraction too high because it’s been played pretty hard into him by Vinicius Jr,” Ashton added.
“He just thinks ‘what’s the fastest way for me to score?’ Well, he does that and that left arm seems to have a life of its own as it leads the elegance of the overhead kick and the leg just follows through.
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“It was just perfect, that’s what it was because the contact was so good. It’s not the one who jumped, it was the one who advanced at the rhythm. It was a great contact from Richarlison.
“That’s what you all travel to football for over the years. You wait for those moments and it stuns you when it happens because you don’t expect it.
But practice footage from the ground that emerged shortly after the ball nestled in the back of the net shows it was no fluke, with Richarlison seen perfecting his technique overhead before the big day.
And as the old saying goes, practice makes perfect.
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