Brazil ease into last 16 with win over Serbia

Neymar's 95th-minute goal against Costa Rica was his first in the tournament

Paulinho and Thiago Silva's goals ensured Brazil finished top with seven points and will now meet Mexico who contrived to lose when it looked they were poised to top the group.

After the tearful emotion of Saint Petersburg, Neymar cut a more joyful figure after this win, blowing kisses to the crowd as the five-time champions celebrated. An injury to Marcelo in the early ten minutes of the game was a blow but the Selacao recovered with Neymar in the tick of affairs.

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.

However, Serbia can throw a wrench in their plans with a victory, which would launch the Serbs into the knockout round and leave the Brazilians behind in Moscow praying for a Switzerland loss to keep them in the running.

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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Serbia put them under considerable pressure after the restart and with better finishing might have pulled off the win they needed to progress, but a second consecutive defeat means they go home early.

Ljajic stumbled to take a return pass after a charging run into Brazil's box and then fired over shortly after.

Brazil need just a draw to secure qualification for the last 16.

A speculative cross from Milinkovic-Savic had Alisson scrambling, while Mitrovic headed a cross from Rukavina straight at the feet of the keeper in the 65th minute.

Serbia forward Aleksandar Mitrovic had two excellent chances to equalize with close-range headers in the second half before Brazil defender Thiago Silva sealed the game with a near-post header from a corner in the 68th minute.

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