World Cup 2018, Serbia vs Brazil Highlights: Brazil Beat Serbia, To Meet Mexico In Last 16
Brazil named an unchanged line-up for their final World Cup group match against Serbia Wednesday, with coach Tite banking on Neymar to hit form and fire the South Americans into the last 16. The five-time champions need a draw to advance and avoid elimination in the group stages for the first time since 1966. Neymar scored in Brazil’s last outing against Costa Rica but has faced criticism over his form and emotional state. Serb coach Mladen Krstajic says his men can claim an upset win over the pre-tournament favourites at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium. Krstajic made three changes to the team that lost 2-1 to Switzerland in their last match, bringing in Villareal’s Antonio Rukavina and Milos Veljkovic of Werder Bremen to shore up his defence. He also called up midfielder Adem Ljajic to give more attacking options to striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Highlights of 2018 FIFA World Cup, Serbia vs Brazil match, straight from Spartak Stadium
01:25 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live blog.
01:21 IST: FULL-TIME | Serbia 0-2 Brazil; Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica.
01:18 IST: Three minutes of added time.
01:15 IST: In the other match, Switzerland have taken a 2-1 lead vs Costa Rica.
01:14 IST: A clipped pass from Fernandinho ricochets off Zivkovic and Neymar, looking to put it past the keeper, is denied by a brilliant save.
01:11 IST: Less than eight minutes top go and Brazil are not letting go of their possession. Serbia, on the other hand, it seems, have given up.
01:03 IST: 75 minutes are up — Brazil is looking for their third goal, while it is 1-1 in the Switzerland vs Costa Rica match.
00:57 IST: GOOAALL!! Thiago Silva doubles Brazil’s lead in the 68th minute. Brazil get a free-kick, Neymar curls the ball in, Silva, who was unmarked, jumps and his header see the ball in the back of the net. Serbia 0-2 Brazil
00:53 IST: 64th minute — Mitrovic is in the action again. Rukavina provides a looping long-ball, Mitrovic jumps and his header is collected by Allison on the goalline. Brazil is clearly on the backfoot.
00:51 IST: 61st minute — Serbia miss out on an equaliser. Rukavina crosses the ball low in the box, Allison makes a mess of it while clearing the ball away as he only managed to send the ball as far as Mitrovic, who was lurking around. Mitrovic’s header is denied by a Brazilian defender who was present behind the goalie. This was so, so close.
00:47 IST: 58th minute — Serbia are creating far more better and clearer chances in the second-half. The Brazilian defence will have to be on their toes.
00:46 IST: After an goal attempt from Serbia goes astray, Brazil provides with a brilliant break. Willian smartly heads the ball to Coutinho, who plays a beautiful pass to Neymar, running down the line. But Neymar is unable to finish it as the keeper denies him of any space to shoot.
00:45 IST: In the other game, Costa Rica have equalised against Switzerland.
00:40 IST: Willian makes a run down the left flank and provides a low cross but Milenkovic, present near the keeper, clears the ball away.
00:39 IST: Five minutes of the second half have been played and neither of the teams are going forward with the attack.
00:34 IST: The second half of the Serbia vs Brazil match starts. Brazil have a slender lead.
00:17 IST: At half-time, Brazil 1-0 Serbia.
00:15 IST: Two added minutes.
00:10 IST: In the other match, Switzerland are leading Costa Rica 1-0.
00:06 IST: GOAL!!! Paulinho has put Brazil in the lead in the 36th minute. Coutinho spots a brilliant run by Paulinho and chips a pass to him. The keeper charges out but Paulinho beats him to the ball and as the ball finds the back of the net.
11:54 IST: Gabriel Jesus makes a run down the left flank, beats the Serbian defender, Neymar was lurking around. He takes the shot but the Serbian keeper palms the ball away.
11:40 IST: Brazil get a free-kick. Willian takes the short corner, Neymar passes the ball to Coutinho, who puts the ball in the Serbian box but the ball is cleared away.
11:46 IST: Mitrovic was looking dangerous inside the Brazilian box, but the ball was cleared away. Neymar, on the counter makes the run, passes the ball to Coutinho, who finds Willian at the right flank. And Willian’s cross goes miles above the Serbian post.
11:44 IST: 14th minute — Serbia get a free-kick. Aleksandar Kolarov curls the ball in but the ball is headed away out of harm’s way.
11:40 IST: 10 minutes are up — Brazil are looking confident, while Serbia on the other hand are giving away their possession.
11:39 IST: Substitution for Brazil — Marcelo goes out, Filipe Luis comes in.
11:34 IST: Gabriel Jesus makes a run down the left flank, beating all the defender, takes a shot but is blocked by the Serbian keeper. However, it wouldn’t have mattered as the offside flag was up.
11:32 IST: Neymar makes a run with the ball down the middle, provides a beautiful pass to Coutinho, who takes the shot but is blocked the Jesus.
11:30 IST: KICK-OFF! The Group E match between Serbia and Brazil starts.
11:25 IST: Both teams are on the field as the respective national anthems are being sung.
11:15 IST: Here is the starting XI for Serbia and Brazil.
11:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the Serbia vs Brazil match.
The 26-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward had surgery on a foot fracture at the start of March and did not play again until Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Croatia three weeks ago, when he came off the bench to score. Fagner will hope to keep his place when Brazil take on Serbia, needing just a point to secure a place in the last 16 from Group E and a win to be sure of finishing top. However, Douglas Costa will miss the game, having suffered a thigh injury after coming off the bench against Costa Rica.