Brazil v Serbia: World Cup 2022 – Live | World Cup 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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30 minutes Casemiro fired a superb pass to Raphinha on the right side of the box. He headers the whole area and Milenkovic headers behind. Casemiro’s disappearance is a farce.

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27′: Fantastic goalkeeper from Milinkovic-Savic! Thiago Silva, the old rascal, walks forward unchallenged and cuts a forensic pass to let Vinicius through on goal, but Milinkovic-Savic is so quick from his line and bravely dives at Vinicius’ feet.

26 minutes “The most irritating aspect of the Brazilian national team over the past three decades or so is their constant tactical foul-up,” says Kári Tulinius. “For example, they seem to take turns kicking whichever Serbian player has the ball near the halfway line, stopping attacks before they develop. It’s effective, but deeply annoying, and I’ve never really warmed to them because of it.

Yes, it is interesting that for the last 30 years Brazil has been the world’s leading exporter of defensive midfielders. I don’t think they even acknowledged their existence until the late 80’s.

25 minutes It’s a little better from Serbia. Tadic moves to the right and deflects at a corner towards Mitrovic. Alisson goes out of his way to complain with authority.

24 minutes Serbia look comfortable enough in defence, but have yet to give Alexsandar Mitrovic anything to feast on. It is an intriguing game rather than an exciting one.

23 minutes “Hi Rob,” says Kevin Dwyer. “As a young apprentice electrician in 1966 I was inspired, along with many of my other apprentices, by England’s victory in the World Cup final. Six of us decided to save £4 a week of our meager wages to attend the 1970 World Cup. Two of us stuck around despite the siren call of music, drink and women. At 21 I watched every England match plus the final at the Azteca stadium. I’ve seen the greats of that era live and the laissez-faire attitude of the era saw us mingling with the players in their hotels.

“The years went by and the doctors told me that the last World Cup would almost certainly be my last too. Here I am, still enjoying the Guardian’s coverage of the game waiting for the updates to show up in the timeline.

Well, this is my favorite World Cup email so far.

21 minutes Casemiro hits a curler from distance which is easily saved by Milinkovic-Savic.

Casemiro saved a shot on goal. Photograph: Molly Darlington/Reuters

21 minutes Neymar hits a sting from 30m which is blocked by Veljkovic. This was beautifully impressed.

20 minutes Paquetà loses the ball to Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who tries to launch a counterattack but is immediately dispossessed by Casemiro.

19 minutes “Because it’s Thanksgiving here in the US, I want to thank Richarlison for more or less single-handedly holding Everton up last season,” says Matt Burtz. “And I want to thank Brazil for having some of the best uniforms in all sports.”

17 minutes Serbia enjoys their first extended ball possession. They don’t seem intimidated, even if they haven’t bothered Alisson yet.

I'm Aleksandar Mitrovic, hear me roar.
I’m Aleksandar Mitrovic, hear me roar. Photography: Themba Hadebe/AP

More Brazil shirts in Lusail tonight than could fit in the whole stadium where the US played on Monday. pic.twitter.com/5GBUKTbcO4

— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) November 24, 2022

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14′: Neymar nearly scores a corner! And I’m pretty sure he meant it. He spotted Milinkovic-Savic wandering towards the six-yard line and curled a wicked inswinger under the crossbar. Milinkovic-Savic rushed back to turn it around.

13 minutes Exciting first run from Vinicius Jr. He passed Zivkovic, who recovered well conceding a corner with help from Veljkovic (I think).

12 minutes Danilo loses the ball near the halfway line, Casemiro wins it back with minimal effort. He is truly a majestic player.

10 minutes “Sincerely grateful for the Guardian MBM,” he says no one ever Rachel Cliffon. “Fox coverage here was terrible – terrible analysis, complete humiliation towards Qatar (definitely nothing to do with the national airline sponsoring the coverage / giving them free flights)… wish my Spanish was better so I could look at Telemundo instead.”

9 minutes Casemiro lends the ball to a few people in quick succession and then delivers a superb covert pass to Neymar in the box. He controls it skillfully but doesn’t have time to save a shot and then gets into trouble. It was a hell of a ride from Casemiro.

8 minutes Sergey Milinkovic-Savic heads straight into the Brazil area and is stopped on the edge by Marquinhos.

8 minutes “I was just wondering if it’s true that ‘we all love Brazil’?” says Ed Rostron. “They’re still dining on that jogo bonito reputation, but over the past 30 years, there have been plenty of cynics, clobbers, hustlers, and clowns by their side. I don’t know if they’re a favorite of neutrals these days: remember how we all laughed when Germany, normally the pantomime villains, blotted them out in their own backyard?

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled…

6 minutes Pavlovic is booked, perhaps a little harshly, for a foul on Neymar.

Strahinja Pavlovic enters the book of first doors.
Strahinja Pavlovic enters the book of first doors. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

5 minutes “World Cup final dream?” Muse Simon McMahon. “Scotland versus England, obvs. But that can’t happen, at least not this time. So, USA versus Iran. If not, India versus Pakistan.

4 minutes The first emotion. Raphinha dropped Pavlovic down the right and kicked in a low cross which was kicked far at the near post.

Raphinha pulls up Strahinja Pavlovic.
Raphinha pulls up Strahinja Pavlovic. Photography: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

3 minutes A slow start, nothing to report. Brazil appear to play with a 6 (Casemiro), an 8 (Paqueta) and a 10 (Neymar) – an increasingly popular system used by Arsenal men and England women, among others.

1 minute Peeeeeep peeeeeep! Brazil starts from left to right as we look.

Apparently Filip Kostic is fit enough just for the benchwhich explains what would have been a singular omission.

“We could all love Brazil”, writes Richard Hirst, “but tonight there is a certain part of west London which will forever be Serbia: because Mitro is on fire!”

And he’s up against another West London hero: Thiago Silva.

The players are on the pitch, ready for business. There are thousands of Brazilian fans, most of whom wear the famous yellow jersey.

Almost there.
Almost there. Photography: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

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

Portugal-Argentina would be lively, for obvious reasons, but I would love to see Brazil-Spain.

Serbia’s coach is Dragan Stojkovic, the man who produced one of the most delightful first touches in World Cup history. 2m22 has passed, but you could also watch the entire video.

Twenty minutes to kick off

It’s time to remember why we all love Brazilian football

It’s a decent team that can leave this guy on the bench

“Hello friend and good company, Ringo!” writes Aaron Roston. “Do you know how attendance at matches was? Saw a fair number of empty seats. Of course there are the actual attendance numbers and then there are the Fifa numbers… And Brazil would have won in ’66 if Pelé hadn’t been fouled viciously and eliminated from the tournament.

Hmm, not sure about the last point – weren’t they between great generations? Garrincha had sadly passed, Djamla Santos was 37, Jairzinho and Tostao were children.

As for attendance, empty seats are an optical illusion caused by your unconscious bias.

Today the first match of group G was played. Switzerland, an embarrassing group whose presence makes this group difficult to predict, beat Cameroon 1-0.

Preview by Jonathan Liew

Team news

Tite went with the offensive option, choosing Vinicius Jr ahead of Fred. This means that Neymar moves onto the pitch to play as number 10 and Lucas Paqueta returns alongside Casemiro.

Dragan Stojkovic left the black and white couple Filip Kostic and Dusan Vlahovic on the bench, with Aleksandar Mitrovic in attack.

Brazil (4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Lucas Paqueta; Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius Jr; Richardson.
Substitutes: 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.

referee Alireza Faghani (Iran).

preamble

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

IS 4, Right? No, of course he’s not. Roberto Carlos pulled up his socks at the wrong time and Brazil didn’t win the 2006 World Cup. We don’t know what happens next, but everyone connected to the Seleção hopes it will 20. The sequence – as you surely know anyway, fans of your lore – is the number of years between Brazilian World Cup victories since their first triumph in 1958.

They also won it in 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Since then: nada. zilch. Bugger everyone. Not even a final. I’m late.

This is Thiago Silva’s last chance to win a World Cup, probably also for Casemiro and Neymar. Tite’s team 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 particular story is.

Their attack 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 question one might expect. If he chooses 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 has scored in recent times, even with a relatively pragmatic system, but so has Serbia, which ticks most of the dark horse boxes. This is a really embarrassing first match for Brazil. Serbia qualified ahead of Portugal and also have serious attacking options, including Dusan Vlahovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic. They will not fear Brazil; they fear no one.

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

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

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