Brazil coach Tite denies claim he showed a lack of respect to South Korea by joining in Richarlison’s pigeon dance… as the Tottenham star revealed Brazil’s team practiced the moves the day before!
Richarlison scored a great goal to nab Brazil’s third in their first-half demolition of South Korea – and then got everyone to do the pigeon dance.
Even their 61-year-old manager Tite joined in with the pre-planned celebration – and he later denied claims that the dance was disrespectful to their opponents.
Just before the half-hour mark, the Tottenham striker laid off a pass to Marquinhos, who played the ball to Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, who sent it back Richarlison’s way to make a superb finish.
Brazil went in at half-time four goals to the good against South Korea, but their Asian opponents pulled one back with 15 minutes remaining. The match finished 4-1 to Brazil, who advance to face Croatia on Friday.
Richarlison scored in Brazil’s game with South Korea, and took his pigeon dance to boss Tite
Speaking to reporters after the game, Tite denied claims that he had shown a lack of respect to South Korea by taking part in the pre-planned celebration.
Tite revealed: ‘I said (to Richarlison) if you show it to me I’ll do it, but we have to be careful because various people will say it was disrespectful.
‘I didn’t want it to be misinterpreted as anything less than a sense of happiness for the goal and for the result, and not that we were disrespecting our opponent which was not the case.’
The goal was Richarlison’s third in the tournament so far, and he was pleased their practice was not wasted. ‘We rehearsed it together with our coach in the team hotel and I am happy we had a chance to use it’, he said after the 4-1 win.
Richarlison consoled a crying Son Heung-min after his Spurs teammate was eliminated
He also consoled his Spurs teammate Son Heung-min, who was in tears as his South Korea team were eliminated at the final whistle. Richarlison added: ‘Football is like that. One of us is going to win. One is going to lose. I wish him all the best because we need him at Tottenham.’
However, his performance in getting Brazil’s third of the night brought joy to social media users.
After the 25-year-old’s goal, one Twitter user wrote: ‘Richarlison still has the best goal of the tournament’, while another said: ‘Richarlison is scoring the most beautiful goals ever. Period.’
Fans hailed the nature of Richarlison’s goal, Brazil’s third in a dominant first-half display
While some hailed the nature of the Spurs’ man’s finish, others were quick to enjoy the celebration that followed in front of the Brazil bench.
Richarlison co-opted the Pombo (or pigeon) dance from the little-known pop group Os Perseguidores after scoring his debut international goal back in 2018.
The pigeon dance has remained popular in Brazil, and Richarlison was able to coerce his teammates and bosses to do it after scoring their third of the night – much to the delight of Twitter users.
One said: ‘NAHHH NO WAY RICHARLISON MADE TITE DO THE PIGEON’. A second wrote: ‘I’m crying they really got Tite involved in the dancing’. Alongside a sequence of crying laughter emojis, a third wrote: ‘Whole bench doing the pigeon’.
Fans enjoyed seeing the Brazil bench do Richarlison’s famous pigeon dance celebration after
Fans on social media were overjoyed seeing Tite and the bench do the pigeon celebration
It was a celebratory time for Brazil at the Stadium 974, which will be taken down after this match.
First half goals from Vinicius Jr, Neymar, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta set Brazil on the path to the quarter-finals with a fine display of goals, while South Korea were unable to handle the attacking riches of their South American opponents.
The Asian side did score with 15 minutes remaining through substitute Paik Seung-ho, but the damage had already been done.
Richarlison was one of four goalscorers for Tite’s side as they were ruthless in the first half
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