The second game from Group G takes place at the Lusail Stadium between Brazil and Serbia. Brazil are many people’s favourites to go all the way and take the title. Group G is a very competitive one and each team competing is well-positioned to cause an upset. Serbia are somewhat of a surprise package coming into the World Cup as they won their qualifying group in the last game when they won against Portugal. Alexander Mitrovic is a fine talent that has aged brilliantly, reaching the peak of his talents at 28 years of age.
In the FIFA rankings, Brazil are ranked first out of all the countries, whilst Serbia are ranked at 21st place — a difference that will only add to the Serbian players’ motivation to showcase their talent and prove their capability of battling it out against the best in the world.
After a couple of disappointing tournaments, especially the damaging defeat against Germany on home soil, Brazil will surely be up for the fight. The talent at the disposal of long-time coach Tite is just frightening; Neymar is looking like a man on a mission with others such as Vinicious Jr and Raphinha providing great pace on either side of the pitch.
Brazil look like a solid, compact unit set of players having all the ingredients of a great side. Who would bet against them making it past the group stage with ease? One thing that they need to look out for is complacency, which might come into play when you are regarded as the heavily favoured team. Players such as Thiago Silva and Casemiro will be key to keeping their feet on the ground and beating the opposition.
Serbia have topped their respective qualifying group and playing some great football in the process. Now will be the big task of translating that form to the World Cup group stage to force themselves into the knockout stage. To counter the talent showcased by the Brazilian team, Serbia has bags of talent of their own in Dusan Vlahovic, Sergej Milinkovic Savic, Jovic and Kostic.
It will be an interesting game to see the many talented players work together and produce great moments for their national team. In previous games of the tournament, the dominant side has not made its dominance count.
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