World Cup: Serbia v Brazil

The five-time winners can secure top spot in Group E while Serbia can also go through

John O'Sullivan Wed, Jun 27
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  • 18:39

    Hello and welcome to the Irish Times World Cup blog. Defending and four-time champions Germany are out of the tournament after a 2-0 defeat to South Korea this afternoon. Will Brazil follow them? Neymar and his buddies take on Serbia while Switzerland face Costa Rica in the other game in Group E.

  • 18:42


    Serbia: Stojkovic; Rukavina, Veljkovic, Milenkovic, Kolarov; Matic, Milinkovic-Savic; Tadic, Ljajic, Kostic; Mitrovic.

    Brazil: Alisson; Fagner, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho; Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar; Jesus.

    Referee: A Faghani (Iran)

  • 18:45
    Brazil are unchanged from the Costa Rica win. Three of their players are a yellow card away from suspension if they even make the next round. They are Coutinho, Neymar and Casemiro.
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    Serbia make three changes from the Switzerland match; Ivanovic, Tosic and Milivojevic out and Veljkovic, Milenkovic and Ljajic in.  

  • 18:46
    The last time Brazil went out in the group stages of a World Cup was 1966.  
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    Brazil's performances have been surprising considering they had only lost one match in 21 in the build-up to the tournament, scoring 47 goals and conceding just five.

    However, a draw for them against Serbia will be enough for a place in the knockout stage. If they win and second placed Switzerland beat Costa Rica, then both teams will have seven points, although Brazil currently have a one-goal advantage in goal difference to see who wins the group.

    If both Brazil and Switzerland have identical records then the group winner could be decided by disciplinary records: Brazil have three yellows, Switzerland four. If they both lose then it will be the second and third places potentially decided by the same process.

  • 18:50
    Serbia have scored in each of their last four World Cup games but never more than once in any of those matches.
  • 18:55

    Yugoslavia included, Serbia and Brazil have met four times at the World Cup. Their head-to-head record is perfectly balanced with one win each and two draws.

  • 18:57

    Brazil have managed only one shot on target in the first half in each of their past three World Cup games.

  • 18:58
    I am going to keep feeding you statistics until the match begins.  
  • 19:00
    Brazil to kick off.  
  • 19:02
    Brazil performing a little warm-up, one touch triangle close to the touchline as you'd do in training. The only difference here is that it's in the middle of a game.  
  • 19:03

    1 min: Coutinho 10 goals in his last 10 games; how dearly he'd love to keep that run going.    

    Serbia 0 Brazil 0

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    3 mins: Jesus was miles off as he was put clear; the flag goes up belatedly.    

    Serbia 0 Brazil 0

  • 19:08

    6 mins: Tadic with a couple of good runs down the right that cause the Brazilian defence a couple of problems.  

    Serbia 0 Brazil 0

  • 19:11

    7 mins: Marcelo, who looks a little disorientated has gone off to be replaced by Filipe Luis.  

    Serbia 0 Brazil 0

  • 19:13

    11 mins: Free-kick into the box is punched away by Brazilian goalkeeper  Alisson.

    Serbia 0 Brazil 0    

  • 19:14
    13 mins: After a bright opening there is a real lack of quality to the last 10-minutes of the game.  
  • 19:17
    15 mins: Neymar races on to a clearance but by the time he's halfway inside the Serbian half he only has one player up in support. Serbia managed to get six players back in those few seconds.  
  • 19:19

    18 mins: That's better Coutinho with a dinked pass over the top of the Serbian defence trying to find Paulinho bursting from midfield; just a yard overhit.

    Serbia 0 Brazil 0

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  • 19:22

    21 mins: Neat link up play by Mitrovic and  Kostic forces a corner. It comes to nothing.  

    Serbia 0 Brazil 0

  • 19:25

    24 mins: Brazil adopting the slow, slow model. Serbia, tight and well organised.  

    Brazil 0 Serbia 0

  • 19:26

    25 mins: Suddenly get a break in the box from a Jesus dribble and Neymar watches Serbian goakeeper  Stojkovic parry his snap shot.

    Serbia 0 Brazil 0    

  • 19:30

    29 mins: Neymar puts Jesus through with a gorgeous 30-yard pass. The latter   sidesteps the defender but delays a fraction and his shot is blocked. That was a brilliant opportunity.    

    Serbia 0 Brazil 0

  • 19:31
    Neymar  started this third round of games as the most-fouled player of Russia 2018 so far.
  • 19:32
    GOAL: Switzerland  
  • 19:33

    31 mins: Blerim Dzemail puts Switzerland in front.

    Switzerland 1 Costa Rica 0

  • 19:35

    32 mins:  Mitrovic tries an overhead kick that flies well over the crossbar after a sweeping Serbian attack. That's so much better.  

    Serbia 0 Brazil 0

  • 19:35
    GOAL: Brazil
  • 19:38

    35 mins: Coutinho made the goal with a sublime pass but Paulinho timed his run from deep superbly sprinting between the two Serbian central defenders and flicking the ball over  Stojkovic. That's Paulinho's seventh goal in the last 15 games and it was a beauty.  

    Serbia 0 Brazil 1    

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    37 mins: Coutinho has played a direct hand in three of the four goals Brazil have scored at the 2018 World Cup.  
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    You wouldn't be sending Neymar up to the bar to get a round at closing time in based on the manner in which he is brushed aside at times.    
  • 19:46

    44 mins: Most goals since Tite took charge of Brazil? Jesus (10), Neymar (10), Paulinho (8)    

    Serbia 0 Brazil 1

  • 19:47
    45 mins: Neymar with a cracking effort from the corner of the box that flies about a metre over the crossbar.
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  • 19:48
    Half-times: Serbia 0 Brazil 1; Switzerland 1 Costa Rica 0
  • 19:53
    Brazil deserve their lead as they've been the better side for the 45-minutes and if Jesus had been a little sharper and more decisive could have been a couple of goals ahead. The one that Paulinho scored was beautifully crafted (Coutinho) and finished.  
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  • 20:03
    Time for the second half.  
  • 20:03
    Serbia have scored in their last 15 competitive internationals.
  • 20:06
    48 mins: Matic gets a yellow card for a foul on Jesus. Took one for the team as they say.  
  • 20:10

    51 mins: Willian whips a ball into the six yard box but there's no Brazilian in camera shot.  

    Serbia 0 Brazil 1

  • 20:12

    52 mins: Sweeping counter-attack from Serbia gives them a three-on-two against the backpedaling Brazilian defence.  Ljajic's ball to  Tadic was a poor one and the chance is lost.

    Serbia 0 Brazil 1

  • 20:14
    GOAL: Costa Rica.  
  • 20:16

    57 mins: Brazil escape at one end and then a brilliant length-of-the-field counter-attack inspired by Coutinho, ends with Neymar's shot being saved.

    Serbia 0 Brazil 1  

  • 20:17
    Kendall Waston has equalised for Costa Rica, the first goal that they have scored in the 2018 World Cup. Switzerland 1 Costa Rica 1  
  • 20:17
    Yes his name is Waston, that's not a typo.  
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  • 20:22

    CHANCE:  Mitrovic has a header cleared off the line by Thiago Silva. Wonderful piece of defending saves Brazil after  Alisson parried a shot and  Mitrovic looked certain to score with a header.    

    Serbia 0 Brazil 1

  • 20:24
    64 mins: Fernandinho on for goalscorer Paulinho. It's all Serbia, they've dominated the last 10-minutes and should be level.  
  • 20:27

    66 mins:  Rukavina crosses from the right but Mitrovic's downward header at the far post bounces into the arms of Allison.

    Serbia 0 Brazil 1

  • 20:27
    GOAL: Brazil
  • 20:28

    68 mins: Neymar with the corner kick and Thiago Silva, who saved his team at the other end, scores with a header as he escapes the clutches of Matic.  

    Serbia 0 Brazil 2

  • 20:29
    70 mins:  Stojkovi saves smartly from Filipe Luis.
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  • 20:31
    72 mins: Serbia have to press forward commiting numbers but as a result they'll be very vulnerable if the cough up possession.    
  • 20:32
    74 mins: Switzerland 1 Costa Rica 1; Brazil 2 Serbia 0. If those are the results then Brazil would play Mexico and Switzerland would face Sweden in the last 16.  
  • 20:33
  • 20:35
    When Brazil have been leading by two or more goals in World Cup matches they have gone on to win all 50.  
  • 20:37
  • 20:38
    79 mins: Renato Augusto for the outstanding Coutinho.  
  • 20:41

    81 mins: Radonjic on  Kostic. Willian glides into the box, pulls it back for Neymar and the latter bangs the bouncing ball into the ground and over the crossbar.  

    Serbia 0 Brazil 2

  • 20:45
    86 mins:  Stojkovic denies Neymar flicking the ball away from the striker with his hand.      
  • 20:46
    GOAL: Switzerland 2 Costa Rica 1
  • 20:47
    No change to the standings after  Josip Drmic's goal for Switzerland. Brazil will still top the group.  
  • 20:48
    Three minutes of stoppage time.  
  • 20:50
    92 mins: Brazil are just winding down the last minute of the game with a bit of 'keep-ball.'
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  • 20:51
    93 mins: Neymar denied for about the fifth time tonight.  
  • 20:52

    Costa Rica's Brian Ruiz scores the penalty.

    Full-times: Brazil 2 Serbia 0; Switzerland 2 Costa Rica 2

  • 20:52
    Brazil will play Mexico and Switzerland will face Sweden.  
  • 20:52
    Bryan Ruiz trolls Switzerland with a penalty off the bar that bounces in off Yann Sommer!
  • 20:54
    So Brazil, Switzerland, Maxico and Sweden move on and the four-time and defending champions, Germany are out. It's been some day. Thanks for your company Ken Early's match report on Brazil's win will be up on line, shortly.  
  • 20:54