Brazil vs Serbia FIFA LIVE Football Score 24/11/2022
Brazil and Serbia meet in the group stages of the World Cup for the second successive edition. A lot has changed for both teams since their clash in Moscow four years ago. The evolution of Brazil’s squad is best evidenced by the fact that the opening goal in their 2-0 win over Serbia in 2018 was scored by Paulinho — who has not played for the national team in the last four years. Brazil’s midfield was run ragged by Belgium in the quarterfinal that year and the manner in which they were exposed kept manager Tite up at night.
Their midfield going into the current World Cup has been significantly shored up. In Fabinho, Bruno Guimarães and Lucas Paquetá – all of whom will be making their World Cup debuts in Qatar – Tite has found the perfect balance in the middle of the park. Brazil was a team in transition in 2018, lacking a clear identity. The shadow of their humiliation in the 2014 World Cup they hosted – when they were thrashed 7-1 in front of their fans by Germany in the semi-finals – still hung over the team and the nation as a whole.
But, this time, there is a tangible enthusiasm around the squad of the perennial favourites that in large part has to do with the attacking talent at their disposal. Neymar is playing arguably his best football at Paris Saint-Germain. Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli have been key to Arsenal’s resurgence this season. Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo are fresh off winning the Champions League with Real Madrid. Add to this Raphinha, Antony and Richarlison and this is a forward line made up of fire and flair in equal parts.
The Seleção went unbeaten in their World Cup qualifiers, scoring 45 goals and conceding just five. Like Brazil, Serbia too have undergone change since the last World Cup. The 2018 tournament in Russia was only their second-ever appearance in the World Cup. The squad was strewn with veterans evidently past their prime and youngsters lacking the experience of playing on such a global stage. Unsurprisingly, they crashed out in the group stages.
But the current side looks better equipped to handle the pressures of big tournament football. The old guard of Branislav Ivanović, Nemanja Matić and Aleksandar Kolarov have retired and the younger players who were a part of the 2018 squad have taken enormous strides in their development.
Aleksandar Mitrović broke the record for the most goals scored in an English season last year. He is currently one of the most feared strikers in the English Premier League. Filip Kostić played a starring role in Eintracht Frankfurt’s Europa League triumph last season and sealed a transfer to Juventus.
Lazio’s Sergej Milinković-Savić has consistently been one of the best midfielders in the Serie A. Serbian captain Dušan Tadić moved to Ajax after the 2018 World Cup and was a key member of their run to the Champions League semi-final in 2019. The emergence of striker Dušan Vlahović – reports suggest Real Madrid and Manchester United are among those eyeing him – furthers the potency of this Serbian attack.
Serbia topped their World Cup qualification group ahead of Portugal, scoring a phenomenal 18 goals across eight games. Serbia and Brazil lean heavily on their attacks and possess chinks in their backlines. Serbia have kept just three clean sheets in their last 14 official games. Meanwhile Brazil’s squad is lacking in the wing-back positions: Danilo, Alex Telles, Alex Sandro and Dani Alves do not inspire confidence. Their attack-minded nature could be exploited by Serbia’s pacy wingers.
Brazil enter the World Cup in stellar form and are yet to lose a game since the Copa America final loss to Argentina last year. They have scored a staggering 18 goals in their last five games. Serbia has won four of its last five games, scoring 14 goals in them. Want to follow along live but can’t watch it? Don’t worry, the match can also be followed live with commentary in English on MARCA in English, from two hours before the match, follow the preview and the latest updates from the game.
In addition, at the end of the match you will be able to read the full report and the post-match comments from the best players. As is the case with all the national teams at the World Cup, Brazil also go by a few nicknames. One of them is ‘Selecao’, which just translates to ‘The National Team’, while another is ‘Canarinho’, which means ‘The Little Canary’, referring to a species of yellow bird commonly found in Brazil. Sometimes, these two nicknames are combined to make ‘Selecao Canarinho’.
Brazil are the country to have won the World Cup more times than any other, having lifted the trophy five times in total. They won in 1958, 1962 and 1970, before also triumphing in 1994 and in 2002. In Qatar, the Brazilian fans are hoping that the team can win a sixth World Cup title, two decades on from their most recent win.
Neymar missed the 2014 semi-final with a back injury, and struggled for full fitness during the 2018 tournament after foot surgery earlier in the year. However, he arrives in Qatar fully fit and having scored 15 goals in 20 games for Paris St-Germain this season. “I think Neymar is coming into this competition in great form,” said Silva. “His preparation this time has been different. In 2014 he got injured just as he was playing so well, and in 2018 he came into the tournament in a different way because he had a serious injury so hadn’t played much.
Serbia don’t have that much strength in depth in their squad but they have got so many talented players in their strongest XI, and at set-pieces they will be a big danger. They might give Brazil a scare or two here, although I am not expecting any surprises with the end result. Brazil are in excellent form, and have only lost one of their past 29 games – the 2021 Copa America final against Argentina. Neymar is the best diver at this World Cup but he is scoring lots of goals too – and we will probably see him do a bit of both over the next few weeks.