No bad surprises for Brazil. The Auriverde dominated Serbia (2-0) in Moscow on Wednesday. Thiago Silva’s teammates, who scored, finished at the top of Group E ahead of Switzerland. They will face Mexico in the round of 16.
There won’t be two favorites down. If Germany has fallen through the cracks, Brazil has held its own. He will be present in the round of 16 thanks to his victory over Serbia (2-0) which allows him to finish in first place in group E. without being transcendent, La Seleçao has achieved his superiority over a Serbian squad that is generally disappointing with goals from Paulinho (36′) and Thiago Silva (68′). She will return to Mexico on Monday in Samara (16h) for a place in the quarter-finals.
The Mexicans already know where the danger will come from. If this Brazil is slow to show enthusiasm, it still has talent. That of Neymar, of course, but also of Philippe Coutinho. The two men were at the origin or conclusion of all Brazilian occasions (25th, 29th, 45th+2, 57th, 83rd, 86th). And especially of the two goals auriverde. Coutinho with a perfectly exploited caviar by Paulinho (1-0, 36′) and Neymar with a corner placed on the head of his Parisian teammate Thiago Silva (2-0, 68′).
Mitrovic misses the check mark
The goal of the PSG captain was nevertheless a good one for Tite’s team. For, at last, it was under pressure from a Serbia that was far too timid and clumsy in the first half. But Mladen Krstajic’s men have always missed something to hurt this Brazil. An absence of realism embodied by Aleksandar Mitrovic for example. The Serbian centre forward missed two golden chances to equalise with a first cover from Thiago Silva (61′), then a second in Les gloves D’alisson (68′).
Serbia’s High Point stopped there. It only lasted 20 minutes at the beginning of the second period. It was too little to claim a better result. While this Brazil doesn’t seem to be running at full speed yet, it’s been very strong since the start of the tournament. And the Elimination of Germany sets him up a little more in the favorite suit. He will have to confirm this status against Mexico. Maybe without Marcelo, out on injury at the beginning of the game (9th). But with this talent that allows it to the greatest ambitions.