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Serbia 0 - 2 Brazil - Match Report & Highlights

28 June 2018

Cape Town - Brazil secured their passage to the 2018 Soccer World Cup Round of 16 as Group E winners after defeating an outclassed Serbia side 2-0 at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.

Serbia's Vladimir Stojkovic makes a save from Brazil's Neymar.

Brazil did what it had to do to win, making sure it wasn't the second big team to exit the tournament after 2014 champion Germany was knocked out by South Korea. Serbia was eliminated, finishing third in the group behind Switzerland.

Marcelo is widely considered to be the best left-back in European football.

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Brazil's Paulinho celebrates with Neymar after scoring their first goal.

A win or even a draw will be enough for Switzerland to book themselves a ticket for the knockout stages. After impressing in his cameo against Costa Rica, Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino could also be pushing for a starting place.

Philippe Coutinho was the architect in central midfield, lofting a long ball into the path of Paulinho who broke the offside trap and let the ball bounce once before lifting it over the onrushing Stojkovic into the goal.

Mitrovic towered over right-back Fagner near the 65th minute but only to fire his header straight at Alisson with the entire goal to shoot at.

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It was the Barcelona player once again who caused most danger against Serbia and set up the opening goal, so until Neymar finds his top form then they will not be the favourites that they appeared at the start of the World Cup.

This will be the second meeting between Serbia and Brazil with the former as an independent nation - their first encounter was in a friendly in June 2014, Brazil winning 1-0.

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.

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Serbia 0 - 2 Brazil - Match Report & Highlights