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Brazil, the last great to debut: everyone on the attack against Serbia

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Brazil tried but could not break the bolt imposed by the Serbs, a tough and orderly team that perfectly fulfilled the plan drawn up by coach Dragan Stojkovic. A double line of four and a very safe goalkeeper were enough to appease the momentum of the figures of one of the main candidates for the title. Brazil had the ball, but only a few clear arrivals on the Serbian goal. The Balkan team searched for attack on the right, behind Alex Sandro’s back. He had the first arrival after 25 minutes with a cross that Alisson picked up.

The Brazilian Vinicius Junior drives before the mark of the Serbian Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.NELSON ALMEIDA – AFP

La Canarinha controlled the game, although it lacked depth. The projections of his full-backs, Neymar’s attempts to start from the right towards the center and some explosive appearances by Vinicius Junior were the weapons of Tite’s team in the first stage. The starts of the Brazilian 10 faded in the last pass. Serbia went to rest with the mission accomplished.

Milenković wanted to clear over his body, the ball bounced off his own face and was served inside the area to Vinicius Junior, who took a long time to define and allowed the Serbian number 4 himself to block his shot from behind, when he was almost face to face with the goalkeeper.

The Brazilian national team collects passes, calmly searches for spaces and executes. He had two more opportunities, controlled by the Serbian goalkeeper, who first dived to the ground to neutralize a cross from the right and then, a shot from Paquetá, who entered the area alone and defined poorly. Before, Milinkovic-Savic had arrived in time to take the ball from Vinicius Junior’s feet.

The first direct shot on goal of the match came from outside the area, at Casemiro’s feet. The Manchester United midfielder’s shot went straight into the goalkeeper’s hands, which he controlled in two halves.

Neymar sent a very tight corner kick and it almost became an Olympic goal. Goalkeeper Milinković-Savić retraced his steps and punched it clear over the crossbar. In the second corner, he came out firm and controlled the ball without problems.

Brazil accelerates and attacks, with its figures. Serbia stands firm behind and seeks to arrive from the sides and at speed. In the first 10 minutes there were no shots on goal, although both teams have already reached the areas.

After the anthems, the protocol exchanges and the draw between Marquinhos and Tadic, Brazil-Serbia is already at stake for Group G, where previously Switzerland defeated Cameroon 1-0. Start the game of the great favorite of all the world cups.

Brazil and Serbia, at stake.
Brazil and Serbia, at stake.Laurence Griffiths – Getty Images Europe

The lights went out, cell phones turned on, and the stadium exploded with the entry of the teams. First came the Brazilian anthem. Almost the entire stadium on their feet, hands over their hearts and emotion on the surface with “Brazil, an intense dream”. The nearly three thousand Serbs in the stands did their part. Behind the goal defended by Alisson Becker in the first half, the first tribune song was heard: “Mil gols, mil gols Só Pelé (Pelé scored a thousand goals)”.

The Brazilians are in the overwhelming majority in their World Cup debut in Lusail. Many of the seats in the largest stadium of this World Cup, with a capacity for 80,000 people, still looked empty less than 15 minutes before the start of the game. The Serbs occupy a small part of one of the headwaters. Unlike the Argentine debut against Saudi Arabia, there is little soccer atmosphere in the stadium, and in the stands they dance to the rhythm of a DJ.

The fans of Brazil are the vast majority at the Lusail Stadium, where their team faces Serbia.
The fans of Brazil are the vast majority at the Lusail Stadium, where their team faces Serbia.Richard Sellers – Getty Images Europe

The teams from Brazil and Serbia worked on the field in front of a packed stadium and now they are expected to return to play the match. The expectation is huge for the game that closes the first date of Group G.

Nemanja Gudelj of Serbia warms up before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group G match between Brazil and Serbia at Lusail Stadium
Nemanja Gudelj of Serbia warms up before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group G match between Brazil and Serbia at Lusail StadiumLaurence Griffiths – Getty Images Europe

Federico, Mariano and Lucas arrived at the Lusail stadium an hour before kick-off. Dressed in Argentinian shirts and Serbian flags, they came to “shock” Argentina’s debut in the World Cup. “We came to get even for what happened to us the other day and to see if the Serbs can take away the mufa we have,” Lucas tells THE NATION.

The three suffered on Tuesday not only the Argentine defeat, but also the ridicule of the Saudis and also Brazilians, who did not miss the opportunity to enjoy their classic rival. “There were Brazilians the other day on the field celebrating the victory of Saudi Arabia,” say the three young people who arrived in Doha from the Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Paternal. And they add: “What we did not see are Brazilians here. It’s full of Indians and Pakistanis with the Brazilian flag.”


Regarding the forecast for today, they point out: “We see it as complicated for Serbia. Brazil probably has the best team since 2002 here, but the World Cup gave many surprises. We already saw the first with Argentina, then with Germany and hopefully today it will be the third here in Lusail”.

Against Brazil, the Serbian team will play with Milinkovic-Savic; Veljkovic, Milenkovic and Pavlovic; Zinkovic, Lukic, Gudelj, Milinkovic-Savic, Mladenovic; Tadic; and Mitrovic.

Tite arranged for the Brazilian national team to take to the field in the debut in Qatar 2022 with the following team: Alisson; Danilo, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro; Paqueta, Casemiro; Raphina, Neymar, Vinicius Jr.; and Richarlison.

After the great show put on by Portugal and Ghana, this Qatari Thursday closes in Lusail with a match that promises, and that is a repeat of the first round of Russia 2018. Here, the video blog of the special envoy Matías Boela.

This is how the preview of Brazil vs Serbia is lived. VIDEO: Matías Boela

Everything is prepared in the dressing rooms for the debut of Tité’s team against Serbia, starting at 4:00 p.m. (Argentine time).

Brazil's locker room, with all the shirts ready
Brazil’s locker room, with all the shirts ready

On the way from the Brazil camp to the Lusail stadium, the mascot Canarinha greeted each of the players and wished them well for the first game against Serbia.

The history between the two teams is brief: they played two games, with two wins for La Canarinha, which won the 2018 World Cup in Russia 2-0, in the first round, and 1-0 in a friendly match played on the 6th of June 2014.

The most anticipated debut after the presentation of Argentina. Thousands of Brazilians fill the Doha metro stations to see the presentation of their team against Serbia, in the last-round match at the Lusail stadium. “Hexacampeón, hexacampeón”, shout the fans, confident of winning the sixth world cup here in Qatar. After winning the five-time championship in 2002, the Brazilians have four consecutive frustrations in the World Cups and, as always, they are excited. At the Fan Fest and in the Souq Waqif market area, two of the most lively places for foreign visitors on these cup nights, the Brazilians celebrated yesterday the defeat of Scaloni’s team in their debut. “There is only one thing better than seeing Brazil win, and that is seeing Argentina lose,” Leandro, from Florianópolis, told LA NACION on Wednesday.

The preview of Brazil against Serbia

Brazil: Alison Becker; Danilo, Militao or Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Alex Sandro; Lucas Paqueta and Casemiro; Raphina, Neymar and Vinicius Jr.; Gabriel Jesus or Peter. DT: Tite.

Serbia: Vanja Milinkovic-Savic; Milos Veljkovic, Nikola Milenkovic and Strahinja Pavlovic; Andrija Zinkovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic; Sasa Lukic, Filip Kostic and Dusan Tadic; Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic. DT: Dragan Stojkovic

Referee: Alireza Faghani, from Iran.

Estadio: Lusail Iconic Stadium.

Start time: 16.

TV: TyC Sports.

Brazil has figures in all its lines, such as the goalkeeper Alisson Beckerthe defender Thiago Silvawho will be the captain and at 38 years old will participate in his fourth World Cup, (the previous ones in South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018), the midfielders Lucas Paquetá and Casemiro, and in attack Neymar together with Vinicius Jr. Another asset to highlight in Brazil is the scorer Pedro, a Flamengo figure, who could play before the Serbs and relegate Gabriel Jesús, in one of the doubts that Tite has to define the formation. The other unknown is in the defense since Marquinhos had a physical problem and if he does not play, Militao will replace him. The South American team is a wide favorite against a rival like Serbia, which intends to overcome the initial phase for the first time and has as its exclusive credit the scorer Vlahovic, a Juventus figure in Italy, and other important ones such as Ajax’s Dusan Tadic, Nemanja Guldelj and goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic, both from Seville, or Sergej Milinkovicfrom Lazio.

The celebration of Dusan Vlahovic and Nikola Milenković, in a qualifying match between Serbia and Portugal
The celebration of Dusan Vlahovic and Nikola Milenković, in a qualifying match between Serbia and PortugalZed Jameson/MB Media – Getty Images Europe

Welcome to the last game of the day on Thursday at the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Brazil, five-time world champion and great candidate for the title in Qatar 2022, will debut today against Serbia, a tough rival whose figure is Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, in a match valid for the starting date of Group G, completed by Switzerland and Cameroon. The “Scratch” will start at 4:00 p.m. (Argentine time) at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, with the refereeing of the Iranian Alireza Faghani and television of the TyC Sports signal. Brazil, world champion in the Cups of Sweden ’58, Chile ’62, Mexico ’70, USA ’94 and Japan and Korea 2002, wants to regain prominence after being left out in the quarterfinals at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The team led by Tite, 61, suffered a severe blow when last year they lost the final of the Copa América in the legendary Maracanã stadium against Argentina, and Qatar represents a good opportunity to resume the foreground.

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