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June 6, 2014
• 3:00 PM
• Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo (Morumbi), São Paulo, São Paulo
Referee: E. Cáceres
• Attendance: 67042
That's all we have time for from Morumbi, as Brazil recorded a narrow 1-0 international friendly win over Serbia. Fred grabbed the only goal, but Neymar showed enough to suggest that the hosts can light up the World Cup. I've been Simon Harrison and I hope to see you again next time.
Some promising performances from the likes of Neymar and Luiz Gustavo, as Scolari show their fighting spirit to navigate their way past a solid Serbia outfit. A poor offside decision robbed Brazil and Hulk of a second goal, but this certainly wasn't a walk in the park for the Selecao.
FULL TIME! Brazil beat Serbia 1-0 in Sao Paulo, earning their ninth win by a narrow margin. The home crowd aren't overly inspired, but Fred's instinctive finish is enough to lead Scolari's men into the World Cup in winning style.
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LUKAC! Maicon pulls up slightly, holding his hamstring, but will be fine to carry on. He flights a cross deep into the Serbian penalty area, with Gustavo going close with a header, but the substitute goalkeeper is at his acrobatic best to make the save.
We're into stoppage time, with Brazil looking to have done just enough to carry themselves to their ninth consecutive win. Scolari's men are keen to hold onto the ball and force some late chasing for the visitors.
MATIC! Serbia win a late corner after Maicon is forced into clearing behind at the back post, but the Chelsea midfielder can't keep his effort down. It spirals way over the crossbar.
David Luiz is ruffling a few feathers within the Serbian penalty area, with the Brazil central defender squabbling with former teammate Ivanovic. Julio Cesar is called into action once again, but this time merely has to gobble up a bobbling through ball.
A couple of substitutes ready themselves on the sideline for Serbia, which will surely add to some lengthy stoppage time at the end of normal time. Maicon tries to break beyond Matic, but the Chelsea midfielder accidentally blocks the Brazilian's clever flick with his hand.
Brazil have now used all of their substitutes, with Serbia still having several available to them. Scolari is taking the opportunity to ensure that all of his players get a run out and a chance to stake a late claim to be an impact substitute at the World Cup.
Less than ten minutes to go and Brazil are still searching for their second goal, it isn't really in this side's DNA to be negative nor cautious. Neymar is substituted for Bernard, as Scolari presumably doesn't want to risk his golden boy.
Hulk rockets an effort towards the top left hand corner, but doesn't get his angles right. He apologises to his teammates. Two changes for the away side, as Dordjevic and Gudelj come into the fray. Scolari readies Bernard.
NEYMAR! The Barca forward has another strike at goal, but Ivanovic makes the block. The home side are starting to look a lot more comfortable as Serbia tire, with plenty more gaps appearing for Scolari's side to exploit.
Brazil streak forward again courtesy of Hulk, with the Zenit man releasing Maicon down the right. The Roma full-back tries to take on Tosic, but the Serbian defender slides in well to stop the Selecao attack in its tracks.
Serbia have another chance to get back into the game, given that Brazil's second goal of the evening has been wrongly chalked off. Markovic is causing all kinds of problems for the visitors, but Maicon is on hand on this occasion to rob the tricky winger of possession.
HULK! The Zenit forward is fed through on goal, appears to be onside, but is denied by a very late flag! He scoops the finish over Stojkovic delicately, but it won't count. That is an awful, awful decision from the match officials.
MARKOVIC! Another change for Brazil, as Maicon enters the fray in place of Dani Alves. After going close through Jojic, Serbia break upfield once again, with the Benfica man leading the charge. He chops inside Thiago Silva but can only fire his eventual finish into Julio Cesar's grasp!
POST! Serbia put together an excellent move, before switching possession out to Kolarov on the left flank. The Man City man whips in a delightful back post cross, which Dortmund's Jojic meets, but is unfortunate to see his header clip the outside of the upright!
Twenty minutes left on the clock and Brazil smell blood, racing forward at any given opportunity. Neymar fires towards goal from 30 yards, but the ball is always rising. Scolari beckons to his substitutes bench, we could be seeing some changes soon. Z. Tosic comes into midfield for Serbia.
Neymar goes on another majestic run, twisting and turning his way past two challenges. Fernandinho musters a firm effort from 20 yards, but a deflection takes all of the power from it, allowing Stojkovic to collect. Neymar tells his teammate exactly what he thinks of that decision to shoot.
Less than half an hour to go and Serbia finally look a little bit rattled. Spaces are opening up a bit more readily for Neymar, with the Selecao finally looking to have some confidence. Paulinho takes his leave, with Man City's Fernandinho replacing him.
Great run by Neymar! The former Santos man races into life, bursting down the right flank and scampering to the byeline - but he can't quite keep the ball in play. Luiz Gustavo has a long range effort moments later, but it's a comfortable save in the end for Stojkovic.
Brilliant defending from Dani Alves! The Barcelona full-back tracks Mitrovic all of the way back to his own byeline, defusing what looked like an incredibly dangerous situation for Brazil. He touches it out for a corner, but the linesman awards a goal-kick, bizarrely.
Paulinho breaks dynamically and lets fly from 25 yards, but the ball is blocked behind for a corner. Hulk is presented with a chance at the byeline moments later, but can't scoop a square ball over Stojkovic. Brazil are clunking into life!
Assist Thiago Silva
GOOOOOOAL! WHAT A GREAT TOUCH AND FINISH FROM FRED! BRAZIL HAVE THE LEAD! He chests a cross down beyond Ivanovic, before stabbing an improvised finish beyond Stojkovic! Unorthodox but effective!
Neymar grabs possession and slaloms his way through two Serbian challenges, but has no support on his left hand side to thread a pass through to. Given that Serbia are marking Fred tightly, the young forward is struggling to have any outlets to release.
Brazil just aren't looking inspiring, but there is still plenty of time for the hosts to find the opening goal. Serbia are remaining organised and are tough opponents on a poor pitch, with Scolari perhaps getting a little more fight than he was bargaining for in this friendly.
Half chance for Tadic, as the Eredivisie man fails to make telling contact with an early cross to the penalty spot. He drifted into the danger zone unchecked, but couldn't bring the ball down or find a header to test Julio Cesar.
Neymar looks to find Dani Alves overlapping on the right hand side, but the Barcelona man fails to pick out his teammate, earning some groans from the crowd. Serbia immediately break upfield, but Markovic is forced back towards his own goal by stout Brazilian defending.
Serbia are being penned back in their own half, with the home fans responding to the increase in pressure from Selecao. The visiting players are being smothered with more intensity, preventing quick breaks from the likes of Markovic thus far.
The hosts win a free-kick in an advanced area, but Luis Gustavo's near post header is well wide of the near post. Stojkovic continues to do little more than take goal-kicks, Scolari will be asking for much more from his offensive players this side of the interval.
Brazil are looking more positive from the outset, with Fred going down on the edge of the box after being picked out by Dani Alves. The referee isn't interested, but at least Selecao are leading the charge. The same Barca man delivers a cross moments later, which Tosic hurriedly slices away for a throw-in.
One change for the home side, with Willian replacing Oscar for the Selecao. As in the first half, Neymar immediately picks up a little knock, after awkwardly falling following a drag-back. Plenty for Brazil to prove in this second half!
We're back underway in the second half! No goals for either side as of yet, but we've still got plenty of time left to see the net bulge! The Selecao have plenty of attacking options on the bench, should the current eleven fail to impress, while Serbia have their own catalysts.
Be sure to rejoin us in ten minutes for all of the second half action, as Brazil attempt to break the resistance of Serbia and force the issue on a poor pitch. The home fans need inspiring and Scolari knows all too well that his side need to maintain their momentum before the World Cup.
Neymar has been the home side's brightest attacking outlet, with Fred having a couple of slim chances for Selecao. Markovic has had the ball in the back of the net, with the opportunity pulled back for offside, with young Mitrovic spurning a couple of good chances for Serbia to take the lead.
HALF TIME! Brazil are booed from the field, with the home supporter not liking what they're seeing. Serbia are remaining firm, with the Eagles having the better of the last quarter of an hour. A few half chances for both sides, but the deadlock remains intact in Sao Paulo.
OFFSIDE! Serbia have the ball in the back of the net, with Markovic tapping home Mitrovic's through ball. The linesman was correct and that is a big wake-up call for the home side.
Only a few minutes remain for Serbia to hold out and the European side have certainly given a good account of themselves despite the weather. Scolari has plenty of excellent impact options on the bench, with the likes of Willian and Bernard looking particularly dangerous.
DAVID LUIZ! The central defender has an ambitious long-range effort after being set by a short free-kick, but Stojkovic isn't tested. The Serbia goalkeeper has had little to do, with the Brazilian public not receiving the entertainment they expect quite yet.
Yellow Card Nemanja Matić
Mitrovic receives possession on the edge of the penalty area once again, but the first touch of the young forward lets him down. Neymar is fouled yet again while on the ball, with Chelsea midfielder Matic clattering the Barcelona man. That wasn't a pretty challenge.
Narrowly over five minutes left of this first half period, with Brazil still being held at 0-0. Serbia are now sitting in shape, frustrating Scolari's men and showing the home crowd what they can expect when the Selecao face organised opposition in the World Cup.
Hulk delivers from the right hand side, but Tosic is able to rise highest and beat Fred to the ball. Petrovic is now fouled, as a recovering Marcelo scythes through the ankle of his opponent - Brazil will feel as though the midfielder now has a taste of his own medicine.
Ten minutes until the break and Serbia continue to play devil's advocate. Scolari is on the edge of his technical area, trying to make subtle changes to his side's performance, but the away side are enjoying a strong spell.
Neymar sets the ball back to an advancing Dani Alves, who sends a 30-yard striker high and wide of the target. Brazil are looking a little bit low on ideas, though Neymar is seeing plenty of the ball. His teammates aren't quite on his wavelength yet.
MITROVIC! A bit on unrest among the home fans at the moment, as the likes of Neymar and Hulk aren't quite setting this game alight. Tadic is given the ball in plenty of space on the right, before standing up a back post cross. The 19-year-old diverts the ball narrowly wide of the upright!
Good save and an important clearance from David Luiz! Markovic feeds Kolarov to the left byeline, before the Man City defender cuts back a pass which should find its way to Mitrovic! A combination of the hosts' goalkeeper and PSG's new central defender stops the visitors from netting the opener!
The atmosphere is a little bit tense in Sao Paulo, with the home supporters hoping to see a composed victory from Scolari's men. Serbia aren't sticking to the script, holding onto the ball and making things difficult for Brazil. Oscar and Gustavo are having to work hard to break up play in midfield.
Tadic whips in a near post corner, but Julio Cesar is quick off his line to punch clear. The pitch here at Morumbi isn't looking in the best condition, presumably due to other occasions being held here aside from football matches. Serbia enjoy a spell of possession, the visitors aren't looking too perturbed.
FRED! The experienced striker shoots from 25 yards, but whistles the ball narrowly wide of the near post! The build up play was intelligent, with the Fluminense striker fed by a cheeky backheel from Neymar.
Neymar stands up to Basta, shaping to pull off a few tricks, but the Serbian defender is unwilling to commit himself. Instead, the former Santos man lays a pass backwards to Marcelo, whose first-time cross arcs out of play for a goal-kick. A few niggling tackles being thrown in by Serbia at the moment.
Tempers rising between David Luiz and Mitrovic, as the young striker didn't appear happy with how the former Chelsea defender threw out an arm while shielding the ball. The referee calls both parties over, before telling them to let their emotions simmer down somewhat. There's clearly no such thing as a friendly.
Tosic is caught off the ball by Hulk, as the Zenit forward catches the ankle of the Serbia defender. After a brief rub, he's back to his feet and ready to continue. The away side are doing just enough to ensure that this contest stays goalless.
Ambitious effort from Dani Alves! The Barcelona wing-back isn't afraid to have a go, letting fly from over 30 yards, but Stojkovic is more than happy to watch the ball hurtle high and wide. No finishing product as yet from the Selecao.
Brilliant tackle from Ivanovic! Neymar is fortunate to pick up a loose ball in the penalty area, following a blocked shot, but the Chelsea defender recovers fantastically to slide in and ensure that his goalkeeper continues as a spectator.
Oscar and Marcelo play an excellent one-two, before the Chelsea midfielder is robbed of possession by domestic teammate Ivanovic on the edge of the box. Brazil are breaking forward with vibrancy, but still haven't tested Stojkovic.
Yellow Card Radosav Petrović
Neymar is down on the turf once again, after being caught by Petrovic. A very cynical and late challenge from the physical midfielder, who didn't look to be up to speed whatsoever. A deserved yellow card.
Serbia are happy to sit in their shape and attempt to break whenever possible, surrendering control of the game to Brazil. Basta tries to feed a ball down the channel for Jojic, but the right-back's pass is inaccurate and heads out of play for a throw-in.
Plenty of possession early on for Brazil, with Luiz Gustavo breaking up play in the centre of midfield and sliding a pass wide to Dani Alves. The Barca man delivers an early cross, but Ivanovic covers across well to head the ball away from a waiting Neymar.
Basta goes down in the centre of the field, after appearing to be caught in the face by Neymar's arm while man-marking the former Santos attacker. The referee stops play, but doesn't award a foul. It appears the Serbian defender has been tasked with sticking to Neymar this evening.
KOLAROV! The Man City left-back cuts in from the left flank, beating Dani Alves, before letting fly with his weaker right foot. Julio Cesar wasn't expecting it and the effort flashes into the side netting! Serbia go close first!
Marcelo breaks down the left hand side, dropping a shoulder to earn himself a yard of space against Basta. The Real Madrid full-back places his cross into the near post area, but nobody in yellow and blue attacks it, meaning that Stojkovic can claim easily.
Tadic is supporting Mitrovic in the early stages, with Jojic and Markovic being asked to do their fair share of tracking back too. Whenever Neymar gets on the ball, the mood in the stadium lifts - it's evident that plenty is expected of him during the upcoming World Cup.
Neymar beats Jojic on the left hand side, but the referee opts to play on - with Brazil's immediate attempted through ball failing to find the run of Fred. A bit of skill and flair already from the Barcelona forward.
Important defensive header from David Luiz, as Tadic whips a delightful free-kick deep into the hosts' penalty area. He turns it behind for a corner, which is cleared at the near post immediately. Serbia pick up the pieces and deliver once again, but Matic can't make goalscoring contact.
A very, very early foul from Tadic, as the Serbian midfielder clips Neymar and sends Brazil's goldenboy sprawling on the turf. No need to panic, however, as the Barcelona man is quickly back to his feet. Not the most amicable start to a friendly!
We're underway in the first half! Brazil are, of course, wearing yellow, while Serbia wear all white. Plenty of pre-match banners and songs, with the Selecao's players now displaying a sign which promotes the end of drug abuse and racism in the world. Now to business and the home crowd sound expectant!
The away side pass a banner along their ranks, stating 'Serbia needs help' in the aftermath of the devastating floods which have swept the country in recent weeks. We're moments away from kick-off, so be sure to stay tuned for all of the action!
We're slightly behind schedule, but the national anthems of both sides have rung out at Morumbi, with the home crowd really getting behind the Selecao. There's certainly World Cup fever in the air, with plenty of supporters coming out to get an opportunity to see their country's best talents before the tournament begins.
Serbia substitutes: Lazovic, Mrda, Dordevic, Vulicevic, Gudelj, Pejcinovic, S. Mitrovic, Tosic.
Brazil substitutes: Bernard, Dante, Fernandinho, Henrique, Hernanes, Jefferson, Jo, Maicon, Maxwell, Ramires, Victor, Willian.
Serbia starting line-up: Stojkovic; Basta, Ivanovic, Tosic, Kolarov; Tadic, Petrovic, Matic; Jojic, Mitrovic, Markovic.
Brazil starting line-up: Julio Cesar; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho; Hulk, Oscar, Neymar; Fred.
TEAM NEWS: Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic features in defence, who grabbed a goal last time out, with Nemanja Matic also starting in defensive midfield. Radosav Petrovic gets a fairly rare chance, with Drulovic opting for an experienced side. Gudelj misses out, meaning that the former Blackburn Rovers midfielder comes into contention for a first-team place.
TEAM NEWS: Scolari opts for the eleven which are likely to start in a week's time, with the experienced coach hoping for his charges to continue to gel in winning fashion. Thiago Silva and David Luiz, future PSG teammates, start in the centre of defence, with Paulinho and Oscar deployed ahead of Luiz Gustavo in midfield. As expected, Hulk, Neymar and Fred will be providing the firepower.
I'm Simon Harrison and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from South America, as the Selecao look to win their ninth game in a row. Serbia are unbeaten during the same period, meaning that Scolari's side should have a stern test to acclimatise their starting line-up to the competitive nature of the approaching World Cup.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Brazil's international friendly against Serbia, as Luiz Felipe Scolari's men look to follow up some good World Cup preparation with another win. Serbia could only manage a draw against minnows Panama last time out, so both outfits have a point to prove in Sao Paulo this evening.
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