Brazil v Serbia: World Cup 2022 – live | World Cup 2022


Key events

34 minutes Serbia’s formation is theoretically 3-4-2-1, but right now it’s more of a 5-4-0-1. Still it works.

31 minutes Raphinha misses a corner kick for Paqueta, who returns it with a stylish back heel. Raphinha puts a low cross to the near post and Milinkovic-Savic takes the ball for Thiago.

30 minutes Casemiro shoots a beautiful pass towards Raphinha on the right side of the area. He heads through the area and Milenkovic heads after him. Casemiro’s death is a farce.

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27 min: Great goalkeeping from Milinkovic-Savic! Thiago Silva, the old villain, runs forward unchallenged and cuts a forensic pass to put Vinicius on target, but Milinkovic-Savic is so quick off his line and bravely dives in front of Vinicius’ feet.

26 minutes “The most irritating aspect of the Brazilian national team over the past three decades is their constant tactical mistakes,” says Kári Tulinius. “For example, it seems that they take turns kicking the Serbian player who has the ball at the halfway line, stopping attacks before they develop. It’s effective, but highly irritating, which is why I never warmed to it.

Yes, it is interesting that Brazil has been the world’s leading exporter of defensive midfielders for the last 30 years. I don’t think they acknowledged their existence until the late 1980s.

Gilberto Silva’s balletic twinkletoes in the 2002 final. Photo: Patrick Hertzog/EPA

25 minutes That’s a bit better from Serbia. Tadic slides to the right and angular a deep cross towards Mitrovic. Alisson comes out of line to claim with authority.

24 minutes Serbia look pretty comfortable defensively, but they haven’t given Alexsandar Mitrovic anything to feast on yet. 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 and some of my fellow apprentices were inspired by England’s victory in the World Cup final. Six of us decided to save £4 a week from our meager wages to attend the 1970 World Cup. Two of us stuck with it despite the sirens of music, booze and women. As a 21 year old I watched all England’s matches plus the final at the Azteca stadium. I’ve seen the greats of the era live, and the laissez-faire attitude of the era saw us among 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. Here I am, still enjoying The Guardian’s coverage of the game, waiting for the updates to appear in the timeline.”

Well, that’s my favorite email from the World Cup so far.

21 minutes Casemiro hits a curling iron from a distance which is comfortably saved by Milinkovic-Savic.

Casemiro saved a bet on goal.
Casemiro saved a bet on goal. Photo: Molly Darlington/Reuters

21 minutes Neymar hits a stinger from 30 yards out which is blocked by Veljkovic. That was beautifully struck.

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

19 minutes “As it’s Thanksgiving here in the US, I’d like to thank Richarlison for more or less holding Everton on his own last season,” said Matt Burtz. “And I want to thank Brazil for having some of the best kits in all sports.”

17 minutes Serbia enjoy their first extended period of possession. They look unimpressed, even though they haven’t bothered Alisson yet.

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

14 min: Neymar almost scores from a corner! And I’m pretty sure he meant it. He saw Milinkovic-Savic wander towards the six-yard line and curled a vicious inswinger under the crossbar. Milinkovic-Savic ran backwards to knock him over.

13 minutes The first thrilling run of Vinicius Jr. He moved past Zivkovic, who recovered well and got a corner kick with the help of Veljkovic (I think).

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

10 minutes “Sincerely grateful to the Guardian MBM,” says nobody ever Rachel Cliffon. “The Fox coverage here was awful – awful analysis, complete cringe to Qatar (definitely nothing to do with the national airline sponsoring the coverage/giving them free flights)…I wish my Spanish was better so that instead I could watch Telemundo from that.”

9 minutes Casemiro lends the ball to a few people in quick succession and then shoots a beautiful covert pass to Neymar in the area. He deftly controls it, but does not have time to get a shot away and then gets into trouble. That was a great pass from Casemiro.

8 minutes Sergey Milinkovic-Savic sets sail for Brazil 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 still eat out on that jogo bonito reputation, but there have been an awful lot of cynics, cloggers, cheats and clowns in their side over the past 30 years. I don’t know if they’re the neutrals’ favorites these days: remember how we all laughed when Germany, normally the pantomime villains, destroyed them in their own backyard?

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled…

6 minutes Pavlovic has been booked, perhaps a bit harshly, for a foul on Neymar.

Strahinja Pavlovic goes down early in the books.
Strahinja Pavlovic goes down early in the books. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

5 minutes “Dream World Cup final?” muses Simon McMahon. “Scotland v England, obv. But that can’t happen, at least not this time. So US vs Iran. If that fails, India against Pakistan.”

4 minutes The first bit of excitement. Raphinha loses Pavlovic on the right and shoots a low cross that is kicked away at the near post.

Raphinha jumps past Strahinja Pavlovic.
Raphinha jumps past Strahinja Pavlovic. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

3 minutes A slow start, not much to report. Brazil appears to be playing with a 6 (Casemiro), an 8 (Paqueta) and a 10 (Neymar) – an increasingly popular system used by the likes of Arsenal men and England women.

1 minute Peeeeeeeeeep peeeeeep! Brazil starts from left to right as we watch.

Apparently Filip Kostic is only fit enough for the benchwhich explains what would have been an odd omission.

“Maybe we all love Brazil”, writes Richard Hirst, “but tonight there is a certain part of west London which shall forever be Serbia: for Mitro is on fire!”

And he will be up against another West London hero: Thiago Silva.

The players are on the field, ready for business. There are thousands of Brazilian fans, most of them wearing the famous yellow shirt.

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

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

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

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

Twenty minutes before kick-off

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

It’s a solid team who can leave this guy on the couch

“Hello dude and well met, Ringo!” writes Aaron Roston. “Do you know what the turnout at the games was like? I’ve seen quite a few empty seats. Of course there’s the real attendance numbers and then there’s the Fifa numbers… And Brazil would have won in 66 if Pele hadn’t been viciously fouled and knocked out of the tournament.”

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

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

Earlier today, the first game in Group G was played. Switzerland, a clumsy couple whose presence makes this a tricky group to predict, defeated Cameroon 1-0.

Jonathan Liew’s preview

Team news

Tite chose the attack option and Vinicius Jr chose Fred. That means Neymar moves to the infield to play as number 10 and Lucas Paqueta falls 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.
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.
Substitutes: Dmitrovic, Rajkovic, Erakovic, Maksimovic, Radonjic, Jovic, S Mitrovic, Babic, Kostic, Vlahovic, Racic, Djuricic, Lazovic, Ilic, Grujic.

Referee Alireza Faghani (Iran).


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

To be 4, Turn right? No of course not. Roberto Carlos took off his socks at the wrong time and Brazil failed to win the 2006 World Cup. We don’t know what comes next, but everyone connected to the Seleção will hope that it is 20. The order – as you no doubt already knew, you heritage fan – is the number of years between Brazil’s World Cup victories since their first win in 1958.

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

This is the last chance for Thiago Silva to win a World Cup, probably also for 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 particular story is.

Their attacking capabilities 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 bearer in town, and Brazil has generally favored pragmatism since Tele Santana’s idealists failed to win the World Cup in 1982 and 1986.

Brazil has been banging into the goals lately, even with a relatively pragmatic system – but so has Serbia, which ticks most of the black horses. This is a really tough first game for Brazil. Serbia qualified for Portugal and also has serious attacking options, including Dusan Vlahovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic. They will not fear Brazil; they are not afraid of anyone.

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

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

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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