Firmino scored the second goal in Sunday’s friendly against Croatia.
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Roberto Firmino's first selection by Brazil four years ago wasn't popular. Then-coach Dunga was known for casting his net wide, and he plucked Firmino out of Hoffenheim, a mid-table club in the Bundesliga. To the fans, he is affectionately known as Firmino Safadao (Naughty Firmino), and their favorite to be Brazil's main striker at the World Cup in Russia.Firmino's great form at Liverpool has allowed him to seriously challenge Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus as Brazil's starting forward. On Sunday, he scored the second goal in a 2-0 win against Croatia in Liverpool while Jesus barely touched the ball during the friendly.Family members say that Firmino has been generally quiet since his early days playing almost all day long on the streets and improvised pitches of Trapiche, a favela of Maceio, arguably Brazil's most violent state capital.Supporters in Natal, a city close to Firmino's Maceio, gushed over it.They pressured Brazil coach Tite to field Firmino during the entire first half. When Firmino finally joined in and scored from a header in the 6-0 win, the crowd started chanting "Vai, Safadao!" (Go, Naughty Boy).
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