Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 to top group

Thiago Silva scores Brazil’s second goal
Brazil comfortably reached the World Cup last 16 after Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored in each half to give them a 2-0 win over Serbia who were eliminated. The five-times world champions finished top of Group E with seven points and will face Mexico in the second round. Serbia ended in third place with three points.

90' - Three minutes added as stoppage time

89' - Substitution! Aleksandar Mitrovic is replaced by Luka Jovic for Serbia

88' - Neymar again failed to score. His shot from close range was blocked by Serbia

86' - SAVE! Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic denied Neymar with a one-hand clearance

83' - Chance! This time Neymar's shot, from the top of the box, went tantalisingly over the Serbia crossbar

82' - Substitution! Filip Kostic is replaced by Nemanja Radonjic

80' - Substitution! Philippe Coutinho is replaced by Renato Augusto for Brazil

75' - Substitution! Adam Ljajic is replaced by Andrija Zivkovic for Serbia

72' - SAVE! Filipe Luis' long ranger was palmed away by Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic

70' - Yellow Card! Booking for Serbia's Aleksandar Mitrovic

68' - GOAL! Thiago Silva doubled the lead for Brazil

Neymar curled the corner kick into the near post and Thiago Silva headed it into the net from six yards.

66' - Substitution! Paulinho is replaced by Fernandinho

65' - SAVE! Aleksandar Mitrovic's header was straight to Brazil keeper Alisson

63' - Nervy moments for Brazil defenders. Serbia stitched back-to-back attacks on Brazil goal

61' - SAVE! Brazil keeper Alisson's diving punch was headed in by Aleksandar Mitrovic. But unfortunately it hit Thiago Silva's thigh and went back to Alisson.

58' - Back-to-back three corners for Brazil. But nothing substantial came off them

57' - SAVE! Neymar's shot from the left side was palmed out by Serbian keeper Vladimir Stojkovic. Good counter run from the Brazilian forwards

56' - Corner for Serbia. Headed out easily by Jesus

55' - Serbia enjoying a stretch of dominant possession in the Brazilian half. But failed to find clear chance on goal

52' - Willian's cross-in into the Serbian box was cleared out by Serbian defender

48' - Yellow Card! Serbia's Nemanja Matic is booked for a foul on Gabriel Jesus

Second half underway...

HT - Brazil lead Serbia 1-0 at the half-time break
Paulinho gave Brazil a 1-0 halftime lead over Serbia with a superbly-taken goal. Philippe Coutinho lofted a pass forward from just inside the Serbia half and Paulinho timed his run perfectly to get between three defenders and flick the ball over goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic in the 36th minute. The five-times world champions need a draw to reach the last 16.

45+1' - Neymar tried a curler from the left flank, and it went just over the Serbian crossbar

45' - Two minutes added as stoppage time

41' - Another corner for Serbia. Easily headed out by Brazilian player

39' - Corner for Serbia. Brazil goalkeeper Alisson punched it out to safety

36' - GOAL! Paulinho put Brazil in the lead

Philippe Coutinho with a perfect pass for Paulinho, who chipped the ball over the charging Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic and gave Brazil an important lead.

34' - Aleksandar Mitrovic tried a overhead kick, but it went well over the Brazil crossbar

32' - Yellow Card! First booking of the match went to Adam Ljajic, for a late challenge on Neymar

29' - Neymar found Jesus who ran into the Serbian box with the ball, but his shot was blocked away for a corner. Nothing came out of the resultant corner though

29' - Free-kick for Brazil on their own half, for a foul on Willian by Aleksandar Kolarov

25' - SAVE! Neymar's shot from the left of the Serbian inner box was palmed away by goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic. Good one-two between Jesus and Neymar in the build-up

22' - Second corner for Serbia. Brazil goalkeeper Alisson punched it out.

20' - Corner for Brazil. Comfortably cleared by Serbia

16' - Willian shot it well over the Serbian goal from the right flank, after a good counter run by Brazil

15' - Corner for Serbia. The delivery from Aleksandar Kolarov was too high for the strikers to take advantage

12' - Brazil keeper Alisson punched away the ball to safety, a cross-in from a Serbian free-kick

10' - Substitution! Early forced change for Brazil. Injured Marcelo is replaced by Filipe Luis

7' - Serbia attack ended with a foul on Thiago Silva inside Brazil box

4' - Gabriel Jesus was caught off-side again. Attacking start from Brazil

2' - Coutinho's shot was blocked by his own teammate Jesus, who was off-side too

Here we go... KICK-OFF TIME

*Time for National Anthems*

What the teams need to do to reach Round of 16:
* Brazil need a win or a draw
* Serbia need a win, although they could advance with a draw if Costa Rica beat Switzerland

Starting line-ups

Brazil: Alisson, Fagner, Thiago Silva, Joao Miranda (capt), Marcelo, Casemiro, Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar. Coach: Tite (BRA)

Serbia: Vladimir Stojkovic, Antonio Rukavina, Aleksandar Kolarov (capt), Milos Veljkovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Dusan Tadic, Filip Kostic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Nemanja Matic, Adam Ljajic, Aleksandar Mitrovic. Coach: Mladen Krstajic (SRB)

Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN) 

Source: TOI

Brazil comfortably reached the World Cup last 16 after Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored in each half to give them a 2-0 win over Serbia who were eliminated.

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