Richarlison has defended Edinson Cavani after the Manchester United striker was shown a red card in Uruguay’s defeat to Brazil, though admits the challenge could have been far more serious.
The former PSG frontman went in late on Richarlison during Tuesday night’s clash in Montevideo, catching his ankle with his studs, and was initially only shown a yellow card.
But VAR felt the challenge merited a red card and encouraged the referee to upgrade his punishment, with an astonished Cavani given his marching orders late on in the match.
Richarlison, who netted the Selecao’s second goal in the 2-0 win, had sympathy for Cavani afterwards and does not believe he intended to hurt him, though did feel the challenge was dangerous.
‘It was a ball dispute and of course he went over the top,’ the Everton star told CBF TV after the game.
‘If my foot was planted there on the floor, maybe it could even have broken my ankle.
‘But I don’t think he meant it. I think he went there to get the ball but missed and took my foot. It’s a normal game situation.’
Richarlison had netted from an excellent corner routine on the stroke of half-time, adding to Arthur’s opener, and the win maintains Brazil’s 100% record in World Cup qualifying so far.
Speaking about his performance, Richarlison added: ‘From the moment I enter the field, it is to honour the shirt. I hope I am doing a good job.
‘I have a lot to evolve in the national team, but I feel that I am evolving every day. In these great games we tend to grow more. I have everything to do a beautiful story with the national team jersey.
‘Against Venezuela, which was a defensive team, Tite wanted a man who could find space. Today I was able to play on the edge, which is like a game at Everton. I see no difference and will be available to do whichever Tite prefers.’
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