Great player, shocking teeth.
Roberto Firmino has so far spent much of Brazil’s World Cup campaign as a peripheral figure.
The Liverpool man has seen his game-time limited, with Gabriel Jesus being Tite’s first-choice for the lone centre-forward spot.
Having only featured after cameos off the bench, Firmino has had a mountain to climb in order to play his way into Tite’s plans.
Against Mexico in Brazil’s round of 16 clash, he might have finally reached the top of that mountain.
After replacing Philippe Coutinho in the 86th minute, Firmino entered the fray clearly with a point to prove.
The Liverpool man netted Brazil’s second goal in their 2-0 win and looked every part like he is ready to start their next game.
We’re just gutted he didn’t do a trademark no-look finish…
Firmino’s tenacious pressing from the front stood out, as well as some promising link-up play with Neymar.
Jesus’ lacklustre performances of late would have left the door open for everyone’s favourite false nine to stake his claim for a starting birth.
Despite playing in all four of Brazil’s games at the tournament, the Man City forward is without a goal and has just one assist to his name.
Jesus has also finished the whole 90 minutes in all but one of those fixtures. He’s had his chances.
Belgium or Japan await Brazil in the quarter-finals and we could well see Firmino leading the line for Tite’s side in that one.
I just wish he could sort those bloody teeth out…