As it happened: Brazil confirm their place in the knockout stages with victory over Serbia

As it happened: Brazil confirm their place in the knockout stages with victory over Serbia

Ryan White
SerbiaStojkovic; Rukavina, Milenkovic, Veljkovic, Kolarov; Matic, Milinkovic-Savic; Tadic, Ljajic (Zivkovic, min. 75), Kostic (Radonjic, min. 82); Mitrovic
BrazilAlisson; Fágner, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Marcelo (Filipe Luis, min. 10); Paulinho (Fernandinho, min. 66), Casemiro, Coutinho (Renato August, min. 80); Willian, Gabriel Jesús, Neymar
SCORE0-1, min. 36. Paulinho. 0-2, min. 68, Thiago Silva
REFEREEAlireza Faghani (IRN). Booked: Ljajic (min. 32), Matic (min. 48), Mitrovic (min. 71)
INCIDENTSWorld Cup 2018 Group E game between Serbia and Brazil
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FT: Thank you very much for tuning into this evening's live text commentary for Serbia v Brazil. I've been Ryan White and make sure to keep up-to-date with VAVEL UK's coverage of the World Cup for the next few weeks.

FT: Serbia fall out of the competition with that defeat as Switzerland drew with Costa Rica. Brazil ensure they top the group with a satisfactory 2-0 triumph.

FT: Serbia 0-2 Brazil

90: Serbia dominating much of play now as Brazil try to slow down their game, other than Neymar who is busting a gut to try find a goal this evening.

85: As you can probably tell by the lack of regular updates, there is not much action at all to report.

78: Brazil are having the majority of possession now; Casemiro does try his luck from deep in midfield but his shot goes hilariously miles over the crossbar.

76: Serbia have seemingly almost accepted defeated and that they're bowing out of the World Cup but Brazil continue to be a threat up front to extend their lead.

71: Serbia's Mitrovic is booked which means the striker will be suspended for his country's next game if they somehow make it there.

69: That goal has more or less sent Serbia packing and out of the competition, it really is a mountain to climb from here for the European nation.

68: Brazil have a corner on the far side, it's guided towards the near-post and Thiago Silva leaps above everyone else to nod the ball into the back of the net. The defender has definitely solidified Brazil's win against Serbia here tonight! Serbia 0-2 Brazil.


65: Rukavina sends in another excellent ball as Aleksandar Mitrovic climbs above his marker to make contact with the ball. He can only guide his header straight into the arms of Alisson though.

61: How did that not go in?! Rukavina sends in a cross from the right, which Alison only gets the slightest of touches on and Mitrovic will be thinking on earth his header did end up in the net. Remains Serbia 0-1 Brazil. Serbia getting ever closing to finding an equaliser!

60: An hour gone and if results remain then it will be Brazil and Switzerland who progress to the knockout stages of this summer's World Cup.

58: We're hearing news from the other game that Costa Rica have equalised against Switzerland, which makes Brazil's place at the top of the group even more secure now.

56: Neymar breaks on the counter, in-line with the linesman but his delayed effort is easily saved by Stojkovic, who sends the ball out for a corner. 

55: The Brazilian FA have confirmed the reasoning behind Marcelo's early exit from the field is a result of a back spasm the defender suffered in the opening ten minutes of the first-half. We, of course, wish him well. 

52: So close! Willian sends in an extremely powerful cross along the floor into the six-yard box, the Serbia defender gets to it first to clear but that could've gone anywhere, including his own net!

48: Nemanja Matic is booked after fouling Gabriel Jesus as the Brazil striker tries to create a counter attack. The free-kick is sent to Neymar but the player is in an offside position.

46: Serbia get us underway for the second-half.

HT: Serbia need to claw this score line back and score two in the second-half if they're to progress to the round of sixteen, however, an attacking approach they leave their defence vulnerable for the likes of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus to take advantage. Nevertheless, the second set of 45 minutes is set to be an exciting one.

HT: Brazil have been far from the potential they possess but are a goal ahead after Philippe Countinho's wise pass through the middle saw FC Barcelona team-mate Paulinho latch onto it and lob the ball into the back of the net. Serbia 0-1 Brazil.

45+2: Neymar plays a cheeky one-two with Filipe Luis, who back heels it to the PSG star before his curling effort to the far post goes narrowly wide of the Serbian goal. Looks as if Brazil want to extend their lead before the break.

45: Brazil win a throw-in by the touchline in their own half as the fourth official indicates a minimum of two additional minutes for the first-half.

43: Dusan Tadic puts his arm across Neymar's shoulder and the Brazilian goes down to the floor.

42: Into the final stages of the first-half, which has been fairly end-to-end, is seeing Serbia trying to find their way back into this game but are struggling to use the height advantage they possess over Brazil when it comes to set-pieces.

40: If Serbia are to progress then they need to find a goal from somewhere otherwise they will bow out of this year's World Cup. As that's said, a corner on the far side from them is easily defended by Brazil before the South American's win a free-kick inside the box.

36: Coutinho plays a superbly accurate ball through the two Serbian centre-halves, Paulinho runs onto the pass and lobs it over the outcoming Stojkovic in net to give Brazil the lead.


35: Switzerland have opened the scoring against Costa Rica which means as things stand the European nation will top the group and Brazil lie second on five points.

34: Mitrovic is moving around in the centre of the box, ready for Tadic's cross, which he makes contact with but the volley goes over the bar.

32: Neymar is pacing down the left, by the touchline, and Ljajic does all he can to stop the attacker from going through on goal by taking him out and the crowd roar as the referee gives a free-kick to Brazil. Yellow card given to the offender.

30: Half an hour gone in both of tonight's Group E fixtures and we are yet to see a goal; another sixty minute to play and plenty of action to come our way still!

29: Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus is through on goal, looking to take it on his left before dragging it back onto his right but the effort is blocked for a corner. The set-piece from the near side comes to nothing.

25: Gabriel Jesus attempts to skill his way into goal on the left, somehow the ball finds Neymar who attempts the shot from a very tight ankle but Stojkovic matches it by making a superb one-handed save to keep the score line goalless.

24: Quiet period of play in this game; as it stands, Brazil are topping the group but that could change if Switzerland score in the other game against Costa Rica. 

20: The corner doesn't come too much and Serbia win the ball back, however, Brazil are applying plenty of pressure to that back line.

19: Since Marcelo went off in place of Filipe Luis, Brazil have really struggled to create anything going forward as Serbia continue to grow into the game, but as I say that the South Americans win a corner.

16: Chelsea's Willian sends in a cross as Brazil attempt to catch Serbia on the counter but the forward's ball in heads into the stands.

14: Serbia get a corner after a deflected effort from long range. Aleksandar Kolarov takes but it's defended with ease before Serbia regain possession from the back.

12: Filip Kostić is fouled for a Serbia free-kick on the left just inside their attacking half; ball is punched away by Alison.

10: An early substitution for Brazil as Marcelo signals to the bench that he isn't in a state to continue playing; Filipe Luis will take his place in left-back for the remainder of the game.

7: Aleksandar Mitrovic is receiving a word from the referee after Thiago Silva ends on the floor following a clearance.

6: Dusan Tadic brilliantly dribbled his way into the box past a number of Brazilian defenders before eventually being tackled and losing possession.

2: Brazil have the first chance of the game; Paulinho strives forward before passing it to Philippe Countinho, but the Liverpool man's effort is blocked by his own team-mate, Neymar.

1: Brazil get tonight's game underway!

Players will be coming out for the national anthems any minute now...

15 minutes until kick-off.

Brazil: Alisson; Fágner, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesús, Neymar

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

The team news is out for Serbia vs Brazil!

This game is taking place at the Otkritie Arena, Moscow. It plays host to the Russian national team and Spartak Moscow, hosting a capacity just shy of 45,000 for the World Cup.

The major threat for Serbia comes in the form of Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United - the 23 year-old has netted 18 goals in his previous 26 international appearances. Brazil's is rather obvious in Neymar, however, FC Barcelona man Coutinho bagged a stunning individual goal in their opener, as well as doubling his side's lead over Costa Rica last time out.

Serbia only formed an individual national team in 2006 so have only met Brazil once before this match, coming in 2014. If we're including when they were apart of Yugoslavia then these two countries have encountered each other on four occasions in the World Cup and it's one win each with the other two fixtures ending in draws.

Brazil only need a draw against Serbia to ensure they progress to the round of sixteen but a win would all but guarantee their place at the top of the group, as long as Switzerland don't better their result as goal difference comes into play. Serbia can make it through via overcoming Brazil, although a draw would be enough if Switzerland suffered defeat to Costa Rica by more than one goal.

Here's the permutations for Group E ahead of Wednesday's action, which is where it gets a little complicated...

Tite does not have too many concerns ahead of the final group game; Manchester City defender Danilo is suffering from a thigh injury, meanwhile, Juventus forward Douglas Costa, who came on as a substitute in the win over Costa Rica, has a hamstring problem so is unlikely to make an appearance against Serbia. Neymar has been largely criticised for his over-reaction following the full-time whistle in his nation's last outing with the PSG star appearing to be tearful.

There is a nervous twitch within the Serbia camp as six of the players have yellow cards to their name, and if they were to be booked in the meeting with Brazil and qualified for the round of sixteen then they'd be out of action due to suspension - so the coach will certainly be aware of that and take caution prior to kick-off.

As for Brazil, they were unable to kick-off the tournament in standard fashion as Switzerland held the South American nation to a draw as Phillippe Countinho's astonishing opener was cancelled out by Steven Zubar's equaliser just after the break. Their second group game was against Costa Rica, where a very stern opposition defence was holding it's ground until the very end when two late goals sealed a 2-0 triumph for Brazil.

Serbia come into this fixture against the five-time winners in third place on three points; having beaten Costa Rica in their opener thanks to a stunning free-kick courtesy of former Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov. However, Mladen Krstajić's men suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Switzerland last time out - despite going ahead from Aleksandar Mitrović, second-half goals from Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri gave the Serbians their first taste of defeat at this summer's World Cup.

Out of the four nations which make up Group E, there are three who can mathematically make it to the knockout stages - Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland - but only two are able to, so we are in for an exciting climax to the group games.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary for Wednesday's World Cup 2018 kick-off between Serbia and Brazil. I'm Ryan White and I will be keeping you up to date with all the build-up news as well as during the game.