Brazil eliminated Serbia and secured their place in the second round of the World Cup after a comfortable 2-0 victory in Moscow.
Brazil were at risk of becoming the second World Cup heavyweight to crash out on Wednesday following Germany’s shock exit, but Paulinho’s lob settled the nerves on 36 minutes and Thiago Silva’s second-half header (68) confirmed their passage as Group E winners.
The victory means Tite’s side will play Mexico in Samara on Monday afternoon and could then potentially face the winner of England’s group in a quarter-final.
Serbia will fly home after picking up only three points in Group E with Switzerland joining Brazil in the last 16 following their 2-2 draw with Costa Rica.
Serbia: Stojkovic (7), Rukavina (7), Kolarov (7), Veljkovic (6), Milenkovic (6), Tadic (7), Kostic (6), Milinkovic-Savic (7), Matic (7), Ljajic (6), Mitrovic (5)
Subs: Zivkovic (6), Radonic (n/a), Jovic (n/a)
Brazil: Alisson (7), Thiago Silva (7), Miranda (7), Marcelo (n/a), Fagner (6), Casemiro (7), Coutinho (8), Paulinho (7), Jesus (7), Neymar (7), Willian (6)
Subs: Filipe Luis (7), Fernandinho (7), Renato Augusto (n/a)
Man of the match: Philippe Coutinho
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