Brazil fans excited ahead of Serbia WC match

Brazil face Serbia in their Group G World Cup opener at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar.

Five-time winner Tite is the favorite to win in Qatar, with an enviable amount of talent in the final third, including Raphinha, Vinicius Jr, Richarlison, Gabriel Jesus, Antony and, of course, star man and talisman Neymar.

But Serbia has some dangerous players looking to piss off, with Lazio’s Sergej Milinković-Savić and Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic looking to rile the likes of Thiago Silva and Marquinho. And four years ago in Russia, Brazil failed to win their opening game, with Switzerland coming back to a point with Steven Zuber’s goal canceling out Philippe Coutinho’s opener.

After Switzerland’s win over Cameroon, Serbia will be hoping to recapture the momentum and avoid defeat here with the Indomitable Lions next. Follow all the action with our live blog below:

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34 min: Brazil have been on the rise for quite some time now. They are investigating but have not created any clear opportunities.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 19:33

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32 min: From distance, Casemiro picks out Raphinha in the Serbian box with a deft and high pass!

Raphinha headed the ball into the middle of the penalty area, but Serbia snatched it away because of a Brazilian corner.

The next move ended with Paqueta back-heeling the ball to Neymar, whose low cross went straight into V Milinkovic-Savic’s gloves.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 19:31

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minute 29: Silva with a fantastic pass!

He put the ball into the Serbian box with some speed, and Vini Jr left his man!

However, Serbian goalkeeper V Milinkovic-Savic had just beaten the Real Madrid striker, and the ball bounced out of the penalty area.

Brazil immediately won a free-kick down their left wing, deep in the Serbian half.

It was taken quickly, rolled to Raphinha, but the defender’s cross was just off the mark.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 19:29

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26th minute: Serbia suddenly broke down their right flank, and Mitrovic asked for a cross from the far side of the Brazil box…

The delivery went in, but goalkeeper Alisson beat the Serbian striker to the ball, taking it from the air.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 19:26

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25 minutes: Pavlovic, on a yellow card, does well to dribble the ball out of play for a goal kick, despite pressure from Neymar.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 19:24

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24th minute: Whistle from the Brazilian fans now, as Serbia play it from behind after a goal kick.

Neymar then closed on Veljkovic on the right of the Serbian defence, blocking a long ball which the byline attempted to get out.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 19:23

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21st minute: Casemiro tries his luck from distance… He hits the ball well, the ball flies through the air at a certain speed, but V Milinkovic-Savic takes care of it; the Serbian goalkeeper dropped the ball momentarily but quickly collected it.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 19:22

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18 minutes: A diagonal ball looking down the right flank sees Serbia’s spell of possession come to an end; the pass was too high for Zivkovic to control.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 19:19

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16th minute: Serbia enjoyed good possession as they quelled a brief period of Brazil’s momentum.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 19:17

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14th minute: Neymar’s corner is punched over the crossbar by Serbian keeper V Milinkovic-Savic, when it looks like it’s creeping in!!

That seems intentional from Neymar…

The next corner kick was collected by V Milinkovic-Savic.

Alex PattleNovember 24, 2022 19:14