Tournament favourites Brazil get their World Cup underway this evening as they face Serbia in the final match of the first round of group-stage fixtures. Argentina and Germany have already been on the receiving end of huge upsets and while defeat against Serbia would not be as big a shock, Brazil will be wary of taking anything lightly.
It’s now 20 years since Brazil last won the World Cup, but expectation is high in Qatar as they come into the tournament having lost just once in 28 matches since the start of 2020. Neymar, the star of the show as ever, is only two goals away from equalling Pele’s all-time goalscoring record for the country.
As for Serbia, they will be hoping Aleksandar Mitrovic is fit and available, with the Fulham striker and Dusan Vlahovic certainly capable of causing that Brazilian defence problems. Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!
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49 mins: That’s a horrible challenge!
A pretty useful one though. Gudelj has flown in and scythed Neymar down about a yard outside the box, as Brazil’s No10 drove towards the box. Yellow card obviously.
Great position for the free-kick.
47 mins: Brazil should score seconds after the restart!
Serbia lose it high up the pitch, Raphinha through on goal but it’s a great save. Had to score though, the Barcelona winger.
Here htey come again – until Richarlison is shoved off it. No foul given.
Up and running again. Whistle goes as Neymar strolls onto the pitch and bends down to do his laces. You’ve had 15 minutes…
Almost 60% possession for Brazil, only four shots to show for it though.
Two of those were on target – the Casemiro shot from distance and Raphinha’s tame effort straight at the goalkeeper.
Just the one shot for Serbia, Mitrovic has pretty much been a spectator so far.
Malik Ouzia at Lusail Stadium
Lots of nearly moments in the build-up for Brazil but only really one clear-cut chance for Raphinha. Serbia defending very well.
HT: Brazil 0-0 Serbia
Just the one minute added on, which is a miracle in itself at this tournament.
Half-time and it’s goalless. Brazil with plenty of improvement needed, they haven’t really lived up to the hype yet.
Match yet to really get going.
44 mins: Looks like Brazil are going to go into half-time still level.
Serbia haven’t offered much in attack but they’ve been really solid in their shape – Brazil have only had a couple of moments really.
41 mins: Long ball over the top from Brazil, Milenkovic makes a complete mess of it and Vinicius is in.
Credit to the defender though, he gets back to get a touch on the ball just as the shot was about to come in. Looked like that was going to be the opening goal.
40 mins: Paqueta makes the run in behind and Raphinha finds him. Low cross into the near post, Richarlison tries to get across his man but it’s cleared away.
Richarlison has not been involved at all – barely had a touch.