Brazil cruise into last 16 by beating Serbia

Posted June 28, 2018

Brazil named an unchanged line-up for their World Cup Group E match against Serbia on Wednesday while their opponents made three changes to the side who lost 2-1 to Switzerland.

Serbia needs to pull off a big result against Brazil if the European side is to reach the round of sixteen for the first time as an independent nation.

Tite's team went into the game knowing a draw would be enough to see them through, while the Serbs needed a win to guarantee progression for them to the last 16 in Russian Federation.

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For Serbia, Mitrovic was a direct force up front, while Tadic picked up where he left off against Switzerland, being a threat down the right.

However, a superb lofted pass from just inside his own half by the outstanding Philippe Coutinho sent Paulinho clear and he stretched high to toe the ball over goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic and ease the pressure. Coutinho once again came through for Brazil as he put the victor home in the 91st minute while Neymar sealed the match off with one of his own in the 97th.

"From day one when we saw the draw and the group many people thought that Brazil was the favourite to win the group and the competition".

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Tite was forced to change his lineup on 10 minutes when left-back Marcelo exited with back spasms and was replaced by Atletico Madrid's Felipe Luis.

The South Americans thus finished on seven points from three matches, while Serbia were left facing an early flight home after failing to get the win they so desperately needed.

Mitrovic then headed straight at Alisson when he found himself free in the box, as Serbia failed to land the telling blow with Brazil rocking.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic wasn't able to take the Serbians' best chance to draw level in the second half, and Thiago Silva scored from a corner soon afterwards to seal victory and a place in the knockout stages.