Brazil completely outclassed Serbia in the end. There was a period in the second half when Mitrovic, Tadic and co. put the five-time champions under immense pressure but that seems to have only angered them and they rained down upon Serbia with wave after wave of attacks. Paulinho’s goal in the first half came thanks to a brilliant pass from Coutinho, who has been Brazil’s go-to man in this World Cup thus far. Neymar’s corner in the second half then lead to Thiago Silva’s goal and that sealed the result.
Neymar is likely to start for Brazil in a mostly unchanged lineup against Serbia on Wednesday at the World Cup. Although Brazil coach Tite said Neymar still needs time to reach peak shape, he insisted he is not endangering the striker’s health. “Yes, he will be playing. There’s no sacrifice here,” Tite said. “We want to win but the coach is not going to play around with a player’s health, the price would be too high to pay.” Right back Danilo got injured in the team’s final training session and Fagner will replace him.