World Cup Group E match report Serbia v Brazil 27 June 2018

Neymar gets ready for Brazil's winner takes-all-clash with Serbia

Neymar gets ready for Brazil's winner takes-all-clash with Serbia

Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored a goal each Wednesday (Thursday NZT) to give the five-time champions a 2-0 victory over Serbia and first place in Group E.

Having opened his Russian Federation 2018 account with the second of Brazil's two late goals in Friday's 2-0 win over Costa Rica, Neymar was again impressive.

Neymar has been backed by many to win the World Cup Golden Boot in Russian Federation.

"I'm apparently at peace", the Brazil coach said.

The selecao left their last match against Costa Rica late, but eventually put two past Keylor Navas in stoppage time to get the win. But Brazil broke swiftly from the ensuing corner and Coutinho played in Neymar who was denied again by Stojkovic.

Brazil's win set up a last-16 meeting with Mexico in Samara on Monday, while it is Switzerland, not Serbia, who will take on Sweden in St Petersburg the following day after drawing 2-2 with Costa Rica.

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As the set sped towards another tiebreaker, the pressure was beginning to tell on Kyrgios as he yelled "I can't focus". It's a tough loss but I have to see it from a positive side.

However, after 36 minutes a superb lofted pass from just inside his own half by the outstanding Philippe Coutinho sent Paulinho clear and he stretched high to toe the ball over goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic and ease the pressure. Serbia need a win or combination of a draw plus a multi-goal loss from Switzerland to make it to the knockout rounds.

Against Serbia he was Brazil's creative fulcrum, setting up the first goal with a sublime long ball for Paulinho to touch over the onrushing Serbian goalkeeper.

Serbia repeatedly struggled to contain Brazil's fleet-footed attack.

Serbia pushed for an equaliser but lacked the cutting edge and were caught by a classic suck-punch when Thiago Silva headed home powerfully from an outswinging Neymar corner on 68 minutes. Brazil started the game with a sense of urgency and looked a lot more enterprising than they did against Switzerland and Costa Rica.

The Brazilians have not hit top gear going forward yet, although they are a better organized and steelier prospect under Tite than they were four years ago, and have shown they can mix the mundane with the sublime.

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