MATCH CENTRE

WED 27 JUNE 2018, 20:00, SPARTAK STADIUM

0
VS
2

Brazil overcome Serbia to cement top spot

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wed June 27, 21:55

Two goals for Brazil ensured they beat Serbia in their final Group E match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday night at Spartak Stadium.

The Selecao were eyeing their second win in the group after opening with a draw to Switzerland and a victory against Costa Rica, as they had four points at the summit.

For the Serbian side, they also targeted the full three points in the encounter on the back of a win over Costa Rica and a defeat against the Swiss.

However, the Brazilians were dealt a massive blow when defender Marcelo was replaced by Filipe Luis due to an injury in the opening 10 minutes.

Following Marcelo’s exit, the South Americans came under pressure, but they were able to control the ball towards the half-hour mark as Neymar was wasteful upfront.

As they approached the 40th minute, Brazil would break the deadlock when Paulinho took advantage of a great pass to beat Vladimir Stojkovic with a chip.

On the stroke of injury time, Neymar tried to beat goalkeeper Stojkovic with a curler after a great lay off on the left wing, but he was denied.

Coach Tite’s side was leading 1-0 at half time.

Exactly on the hour mark, Aleksandar Mitrovic came close to making it 1-1 but Thiago Silva blocked his header and Alisson collected easily from a rebound.

Striker Mitrovic rose above the Brazilian defence and saw his glancing header going straight to the Brazilian goalkeeper.

However, defender Silva converted Neymar Junior’s corner kick with a great header making it 2-0 with 22 minutes to go.

It was Brazil over the Europeans in the final 10 minutes in controlling the possession as they cruised to a comfortable win.

The victory sees the 2014 hosts finishing with seven points resulting from two wins and a draw, whilst Serbia will head home as Switzerland joins Brazil in the knockout stages.

Serbia: 0
Brazil: (1) 2 (Paulinho’ 36’, Silva 68’)

Serbia: Stojkovic, Veljkovic, Kolarov, Milenkovic, Rukavina, Ljajic (Zivkovic 75’), Milinkovic-Savic, Tadic, Kostic (Radonjic 81’), Matic, Mitrovic (Jovic 89’)

Brazil: Alisson, Miranda, Fagner, Silva, Marcelo (Filipe 10’), Casemiro, Paulinho (Fernandinho 65’), Coutinho (Augusto79’), Willian, Neymar Junior, Jesus

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE SPARTAK STADIUM
SERBIA GOALS BRAZIL GOALS
15. Paulinho (36')
2. Thiago Silva (68')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3
SERBIA STARTING LINEUP BRAZIL STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
81'
11
22
Defender
2
Defender
10'
12
Defender
13
Defender
3
15
Defender
68'
2
Midfielder
32'
75'
22
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
36'
65'
15
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
79'
11
20
Midfielder
19
Forward/Striker
70'
89'
9
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
48'
21
Forward/Striker
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Andrija Zivkovic
Midfielder
75'
7
Filipe Luis
Defender
10'
6
Nemanja Radonjic
Midfielder
81'
18
Fernandinho
Midfielder
65'
17
Luka Jovic
Forward/Striker
89'
19
Renato Augusto
Midfielder
79'
8
CARDS
Adem Ljajic
Midfielder
32'
22
Nemanja Matic
Forward/Striker
48'
21
Aleksandar Mitrovic
Forward/Striker
70'
9
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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