Full-time: Serbia 0-2 Brazil There will be no repeat of 1966 this year – at least not for Brazil, who went into this game at risk of being eliminated at the first stage for this first time since then. They quickly put paid to that prospect and sent Serbia home instead with a performance that augurs well, even if it was not perfect.
Brazil get an insurance goal. After weathering that Serbia storm, Neymar forces a corner for Brazil. The PSG star himself takes the corner and Silva heads in at the near post. That should confirm Brazil’s spot in the Round of 16.
It will take a fine team to beat them. Mexico will have a go in the last 16 tie. Brilliant from Brazil who really looks the part. They played most of this in 3rd gear, if that, but Serbia put in a real effort and wasn’t cannon fodder. For me, Brazil is the best team in the tournament now.