Brazil vs Serbia: World Cup 2022 – live |  WC 2022

Brazil vs Serbia: World Cup 2022 – live | WC 2022

Brazil vs Serbia: World Cup 2022 – live |  WC 2022

Tite has taken the attacking option, picking Vinicius Jr ahead of Fred. That means Neymar moves infield to play as a No10, and Lucas Paqueta drops back alongside Casemiro.

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Dragan Stojkovic has left the Juventus pair of Filip Kostic and Dusan Vlahovic on the bench, with Aleksandar Mitrovic up front.

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Brazil (4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Lucas Paqueta; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr; Richarlison.
Substitutes: Weverton, Ederson, Fred, Dani Alves, Eder Militao, Fabinho, Alex Telles, Bruno Guimaraes, Gabriel Jesus, Antony, Rodrygo, Everton Ribeiro, Bremer, Pedro, Martinelli.

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Serbia (3-4-2-1) V Milinkovic-Savic; Veljkovic, Milenkovic, Pavlovic; Zivkovic, Lukic, Gudelj, Mladenovic; Tadic, S Milinkovic-Savic; A Mitrovic.
Substitutes: Dmitrovic, Rajkovic, Erakovic, Maksimovic, Radonjic, Jovic, S Mitrovic, Babic, Kostic, Vlahovic, Racic, Djuricic, Lazovic, Ilic, Grujic.

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Referee Alireza Faghani (Iran).

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What comes next in this sequence: 4, 8, 24, 8, ?

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It’s 4, right? No, of course it isn’t. Roberto Carlos pulled his socks up at the wrong moment and Brazil didn’t win the 2006 World Cup. We don’t know what comes next, but all connected with the Seleção will hope it’s 20. The sequence – as I’m sure you knew anyway, you heritage fan you – is the number of years between Brazilian World Cup wins since their first triumph in 1958.

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They also won it in 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Since then: nada. Zilch. Bugger all. Not even a final. They’re overdue.

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This the last chance for Thiago Silva to win a World Cup, probably Casemiro and Neymar too. Tite’s side are favourites to win Qatar 2022 – but they were also favourites in 1982, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2014, so I’m not sure what the moral of this particular story is.

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Their attacking options are such that the magnificent Vinicius Jr is not a guaranteed starter. Tite needs to choose between him or Fred, which isn’t the obvious duh-cision you might expect. If he picks Vinicius, Casemiro will be the only watercarrier in town, and Brazil have generally preferred pragmatism since Tele Santana’s idealists failed to win the World Cup in 1982 and 1986.

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Brazil have been banging in the goals of late, even with a relatively pragmatic system – but then so have Serbia, who tick most of the dark-horse boxes. This is a really awkward first game for Brazil. Serbia qualified ahead of Portugal and also have serious options in attack, including Dusan Vlahovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic. They won’t fear Brazil; they don’t fear anyone.

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It’s the last game of the first round of fixtures, and it could be a cracker.

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Kick off 7pm GMT, 4pm in Rio de Janeiro, 8pm in Belgrade.

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Key events

“What is your dream World Cup final?” asks Kurt Perleberg. “Mine is Brazil vs USMNT.”

Portugal v Argentina would be lively, for obvious reasons, but I’d really like to see Brazil v Spain.

Serbia’s manager is Dragan Stojkovic, the man who produced one of the more delicious first touches in World Cup history. It’s after 2m22s, but you might as well watch the whole video.

Twenty minutes until kick-off

It’s time for a reminder of why we all love Brazilian football

It’s a decent team which can leave this fellow on the bench

“Hello and welcome, Ringo!” writes Aaron Roston. “Do you know how the attendance at the Games has been? I have seen quite a few empty seats. Of course there are the real crowd numbers and then there are the Fifa numbers… And Brazil would have won by 66 if Pele hadn’t been brutally sent off and kicked out of the tournament.

Hmm, I’m not sure about that last point – weren’t they between major generations? Garrincha was unfortunately over, Djamla Santos was 37, Jairzinho and Tostao were bairns.

As for the attendances, the empty seats are an optical illusion caused by your subconscious biases.

The first match in Group G was played earlier today. Switzerland, a difficult bunch whose presence makes this a difficult group to predict, beat Cameroon 1-0.

Jonathan Liew’s preview

Team news

Tite has chosen the attacking option, picking Vinicius Jr ahead of Fred. That means Neymar moves onto the pitch to play as a No.10, and Lucas Paqueta drops back alongside Casemiro.

Dragan Stojkovic has left Juventus pair Filip Kostic and Dusan Vlahovic on the bench, with Aleksandar Mitrovic up front.

Brazil (4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Lucas Paqueta; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr; Richarlison.
Subs: Weverton, Ederson, Fred, Dani Alves, Eder Militao, Fabinho, Alex Telles, Bruno Guimaraes, Gabriel Jesus, Antony, Rodrygo, Everton Ribeiro, Bremer, Pedro, Martinelli.

Serbia (3-4-2-1) V Milinkovic-Savic; Veljkovic, Milenkovic, Pavlovic; Zivkovic, Lukic, Gudelj, Mladenovic; Tadic, S Milinkovic-Savic; A Mitrovic.
Subs: Dmitrovic, Rajkovic, Erakovic, Maksimovic, Radonjic, Jovic, S Mitrovic, Babic, Kostic, Vlahovic, Racic, Djuricic, Lazovic, Ilic, Grujic.

Judge Alireza Faghani (Iran).

Introduction

What comes next in this sequence: 4, 8, 24, 8, ?

It is 4, Right? No, of course it isn’t. Roberto Carlos pulled up his socks at the wrong moment and Brazil didn’t win the World Cup in 2006. We don’t know what’s next, but everyone connected to the Seleção will hope it is 20. The sequence – which I’m sure you knew anyway, you heritage fan you – is the number of years between Brazilian World Cup wins since their first triumph in 1958.

They also won it in 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Since then: nada. Zilch. Wrong all of them. Not even a final. They are late.

This is the last chance for Thiago Silva to win a World Cup, probably also Casemiro and Neymar. Tite’s side are favorites to win Qatar 2022 – but they were also favorites in 1982, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2014, so I’m not sure what the moral of this story is.

Their attacking options are such that the magnificent Vinicius Jr is not a guaranteed starter. Tite has to choose between him or Fred, which isn’t the obvious duh decision you might expect. If he picks Vinicius, Casemiro will be the only water-carrier in town, and Brazil have generally favored pragmatism since Tele Santana’s idealists failed to win the World Cup in 1982 and 1986.

Brazil have been banging in the goals of late, even with a relatively pragmatic system – but so has Serbia, who tick off most of the dark horses. This is a very difficult first match for Brazil. Serbia qualified ahead of Portugal and also have serious options in attack, including Dusan Vlahovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic. They will not fear Brazil; they fear no one.

It’s the last game in the first round of fixtures and it could be a blowout.

Kick off 19:00 GMT, 16:00 in Rio de Janeiro, 20:00 in Belgrade.

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