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Brazil danced and dumped Serbia to book Mexico in last 16

Serbia to face the might of Brazil in Group E match Serbia Vs. Brazil Live Stream: Watch 2018 World Cup Game Online
Edward Snyder | 28 June, 2018, 05:45

Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored a goal each Wednesday (Thursday NZT) to give the five-time champions a 2-0 victory over Serbia and first place in Group E.

Paulinho scored the victor in the first half, and Thiago Silva scored in the second to set up a date with Mexico in the round of 16.

Tite, the Brazil coach, opted to field the same XI who started in the win against Costa Rica while Serbia, needing three points, made three changes, bringing in Antonio Rukavina, Milos Veljkovic and Adem Ljajic for Branislav Ivanovic, Dusko Tovic and Luka Milivojevic.

Brazil took the lead in the 36th minute when Paulinho raced through to on to through ball by Philippe Coutinho to lob over the on-rushing goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic roused the Serbian fans around the hour when he went close with two headers but that brief flurry proved their high-water mark as Silva finished it when he rose high to thump home a Neymar corner.

The game was barely 10 minutes old when Brazil were forced into a switch at left back, as Marcelo was forced off with what looked like a muscle strain, to be replaced by the capable Filipe Luis.




His performance was even more impressive given he suffered a broken leg in March that was expected to rule him out of the World Cup.

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.

The first came on 60 minutes when Alisson palmed a cross into his path, although the Newcastle forward could only head the ball into Thiago Silva.

But the team has been distracted after two ethnic Albanian players, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri who play for Switzerland, made double eagle gestures in reference to the Albania flag.

Switzerland also advanced after a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica and will next face Sweden on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.

Brazil extend their FIFA World Cup group stage unbeaten streak to 15 games on their way to topping Group E.

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