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Banana thrown at Richarlison as Brazil beat Tunisia 5-1

Brazilian striker Richarlison shoots the ball during the friendly soccer match between Brazil and Tunisia at Parc des Princes in Paris on 27 September 2022 (AFP)

The match at the Parc des Princes was also briefly interrupted in the first half as the crowd was twice implored not to point laser pens at the Brazilian players.

“Unfortunately… a banana was thrown on the pitch in the direction of Richarlison, scorer of the second Brazilian goal,” the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Twitter. “The CBF reinforces its position in the fight against racism and repudiates any harmful act.”

The Selecao produced a dominant first-half display in their final outing before traveling to Qatar for the World Cup, with Raphinha scoring two goals and Neymar moving within two of Pele’s record.

Richarlison also found the net, while Pedro scored as a second-half substitute before responding to more boos and missiles from the crowd as he bowed to them in celebration.

Tite’s Brazil will head to their World Cup Group G opener against Serbia on November 24 on a 15-game unbeaten streak, dating back to their Copa America final loss to Argentina last year. last.

The scene of a bad-tempered match unfolded when many Tunisian fans booed the Brazilian national anthem before kick-off. Brazil created the game’s first clear chance when Neymar slipped a pass for Lucas Paqueta, but he could only shoot into the side net.

The South Americans took the lead in the 12th minute, however, as Casemiro slotted the ball over and Barcelona winger Raphinha headed a magnificent looping header past Tunisia keeper Aymen Dahmen and into the net.

Jalel Kadri’s men respond six minutes later. Defender Montassar Talbi met Anis Slimane’s free kick to send a powerful header into the bottom corner past goalkeeper Alisson.

Incredibly, Brazil were back in the lead just seconds after that setback, as Raphinha sent Richarlison behind to drill a shot through Dahmen’s legs to score his third goal in two games after a brace against Ghana.

The Tottenham striker celebrated in front of the Tunisian fans, who retaliated by throwing a banana and plastic cups in his direction.

Fred threw the banana off the pitch, before additional security guards moved to the side of the pitch.

Penalty for Neymar

Brazil almost extended their advantage as Paqueta followed a nice turn with a low shot that Dahmen deflected.

But from the resulting corner, Casemiro was carried into the box and Neymar stepped in to drive home his 75th international goal from the penalty spot, despite lasers being aimed at his face.

Brazil continued to break through the visitors’ defense with ease and Raphinha scored again in the 40th minute, shooting past the post from the edge of the box.

Things went from bad to worse for Tunisia before half-time as Dylan Bronn brought down Neymar and was sent off harshly after a brief melee between the two teams.

Tunisia improved a lot after the break, but Brazil scored again 16 minutes from time thanks to Flamengo striker Pedro’s first goal for his country.

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