Brazil sets up date with Mexico in Round of 16

Arnold Nichols
June 28, 2018

The World Cup match between Serbia and Brazil will be broadcast live on Fox.

Then Silva headed home from a Neymar corner kick to make it 2-0, ending any chance Serbia had of moving on.

For Serbia, Mitrovic was a direct force up front, while Tadic picked up where he left off against Switzerland, being a threat down the right.

The Serbs almost scored in the 61st when Brazil goalkeeper Alisson pushed the ball into the path of forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, whose shot bounced off the keeper and was bound for goal before being cleared by Silva.

And when it looked Serbia were growing into the game midway the second half, Brazil snuffed the life out of coach Mladen Krstaji?'s boys.

At the back, Brazil have one of Europe's most sought after goalkeepers in Alisson but he wasn't altogether convincing.

Brazil took a while to find their stride against a physical Serbian side who still had hopes of progress and briefly rattled the favourites, but once Paulinho put them ahead after 36 minutes they always looked comfortable and Silva's 68th-minute header settled it.

Brazil fans enjoy themselves outside the stadium before the match. There was patient buildup play and the Brazilians sometimes rested in possession, exchanging short passes in their own half to slow down play.

With the biggest South Korea upset against Germany, in the day's first game, Brazil had all to do if they were to avoid another embarrassing exit like the former champions.

Brazil needed only a draw to advance, while Serbia needed to stop Neymar and go for the win.

Switzerland will be aiming for a pre-quarterfinal berth when they face the already eliminated Costa Rica on Wednesday.

Mitrovic was presented with a golden opportunity to equalise four minutes later after Alisson punched a cross from the right straight at the striker, whose header came back off Silva and rebounded into the keeper's arms.

Neymar wasn't far away from doubling their lead on the stroke of half-time with a curling shot from 20 yards out that dipped just over the goal, after combining with Luis on the left.

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