Paulinho and Thiago Silva put Brazil through and send Serbia home

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The South Americans thus finished on seven points from three matches, while Serbia were left facing an early flight home after failing to get the win they so desperately needed.

Serbia looked to continue with their gritty performance at Spartak Stadium but were undone by the sheer quality of the Brazilians.

Neymar was unlucky not to score 12 minutes after the restart - the excellent Coutinho finding the Paris Saint-Germain man racing behind the Serbia defence only to see his left-footed shot blocked by a quick-reacting Stojkovic.

Even if Brazil beat Serbia, they could still finish second in the group if Switzerland manage to outdo them on goal difference in their game against Costa Rica.

Mitrovic told a news conference: "I think there is more pressure on Brazil, because they are not accustomed to this situation, that they can fall into the first round, while we have nothing to lose". However, Douglas Costa will miss the game, having suffered a thigh injury after coming off the bench against Costa Rica.

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Brazil took a while to find their stride against a physical Serbian side who still had hopes of progress and briefly rattled the favourites, but once Paulinho put them ahead after 36 minutes they always looked comfortable and Silva's 68th-minute header settled it. But Brazil broke swiftly from the ensuing corner and Coutinho played in Neymar who was denied again by Stojkovic. He then jumped above Serbia's defense from a corner for Brazil's second goal.

Brazil fans enjoy themselves outside the stadium before the match.

Anxious no more, Brazil is through at the World Cup.

3 - The number of points that Serbia, as an independent nation, have recorded at their two World Cup appearances in 2010 and 2018.

Brazil's Neymar has been directly involved in 18 goals in his last 17 appearances for the national side (10 goals, 8 assists).

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