Brazil cruise into last 16 by beating Serbia

Neymar gets ready for Brazil's winner takes-all-clash with Serbia

Serbia will face off against Brazil at Spartak Stadium-Otkritie Arena in Moscow on Wednesday, June 27 at 2 p.m. ET, airing on FOX.

Paulinho and Thiago Silva earned Brazil a largely comfortable 2-0 victory over Serbia that clinched top spot in World Cup Group E and eliminated Mladen Krstajic's side.

His performance was even more impressive given he suffered a broken leg in March that was expected to rule him out of the World Cup.

"I'm apparently at peace", the Brazil coach said.

Brazil struggled in its opening two matches, first held to a 1-1 draw and then needing late goals to win the other.

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But we want to qualify, we're not here to watch him play", explained the coach. "I think we have a manager who is very tough". He has now scored Nigeria's last four goals at the World Cup.

Brazil, who finished group play with seven points, will have five days before taking on Group F runners-up Mexico, who were stunned 3-0 by Sweden in their final group game on Wednesday. From a corner, the PSG defender guided his uncontested header past the keeper at the near post to put Brazil well in front on the night.

Paulinho gave his team the lead when he met a lofted ball from Philippe Coutinho in the 36th minute.

Serbia needed to win to qualify and rocked their opponents with a flurry of second-half chances.

The goal burst Serbia's momentum and the only question in the closing stages was whether Neymar would get on the scoresheet.

Serbia needs to pull off a big result against Brazil if the European side is to reach the round of sixteen for the first time as an independent nation.

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Brazil's Philippe Coutinho in action with Serbia's Dusan Tadic. The Serbs ended third in the group on three points, a disappointing campaign for them and their fans in Moscow after a bright opening game win against Costa Rica.

Four years ago, Paulinho was part of the Brazil team that was humiliated at home in a 7-1 drubbing by Germany in the semifinals.

Mitrovic then headed straight at Alisson when he found himself free in the box, as Serbia failed to land the telling blow with Brazil rocking.

But now they are up and running, manager Tite will be confident of beating Serbia and topping the group.

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