Banana thrown at Richarlison as Brazil draw against Tunisia

Richarlison was the target of a banana thrown from the crowd as Brazil beat Tunisia 5-1 in a friendly in Paris on Tuesday, while Neymar edged closer to Pele’s scoring record for the five-time world champions.

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

“Unfortunately… a banana was thrown on the pitch towards Richarlison, the scorer of Brazil’s second goal,” the Brazilian football federation (CBF) said on Twitter.

“The CBF reinforces its position to combat racism and avoids any biased action.”

The Selecao produced a dominant first-half display in their final trip before traveling to Qatar for the World Cup, with Raphinha netting twice 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 by bowing in celebration.

“It’s a shame, it’s hard to see images like that,” said Brazil captain Thiago Silva, whose team posed for a pre-match team photo with a banner bearing an anti-racist message.

“Unfortunately we can’t seem to change people’s attitudes.

“I hope they will understand that this does not work, it is the past, we have to change. Unfortunately, people continue with this attitude.”

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

The scene was set for an ill-tempered game when the large number of Tunisian fans jeered the Brazilian national anthem before kick-off.

“I was confused, I was saying ‘No, it’s disrespectful’. Football is a sport that promotes inclusion,” said Tite.

Brazil took the lead in the 12th minute, however, when Casemiro cut the ball over the top and Barcelona winger Raphinha directed a superb curling header past Tunisian goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen and into the net.

Jalel Kadri’s men scored six minutes later.

Anis Slimane’s free-kick was met by defender Montassar Talbi to send a powerful header into the corner below keeper Alisson.

Amazingly, Brazil were back in front just seconds after that setback, as Raphinha got behind Richarlison to drill a strike through Dahmen’s legs to score his third goal in two games after a double against Ghana .

The Tottenham forward celebrated in front of the Tunisian supporters, who responded by throwing bananas and plastic cups in his direction.

Fred kicked the banana off the field, before additional security guards took up residence on the side of the field.

– Neymar netted a penalty –

Brazil had a big advantage when Paqueta followed up a fine move with a low shot that Dahmen missed wide.

But from the resulting corner, Casemiro was hauled down in the box and Neymar stepped up to head home his 75th international goal from the penalty spot, despite lasers aimed at his face.

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

Things went from bad to worse for Tunisia before half-time when Neymar was brought down by Dylan Bronn and was harshly dismissed after a brief spell between the two teams.

Tunisia improved greatly after the break but Brazil still scored again with 16 minutes remaining through Flamengo striker Pedro for his country.

Earlier on Tuesday, Alexis Sanchez’s late penalty held World Cup hosts Qatar to a 2-2 draw with Chile in Vienna.

Canada, who are preparing for their first World Cup since 1986, lost 2-0 to Uruguay in Bratislava as Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez scored his third international goal.

Sardar Azmoun scored a substitute to draw Iran 1-1 with African champions Senegal. Morocco drew 0-0 against Paraguay in Seville.


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