2018 might be Neymar’s World Cup, nonetheless there are query marks over his temperament.
Brazil World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Information
Brazil vs Belgium – Quarter Remaining, sixth July Kazan
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Staff information to come back.
Brazil vs Mexico – Spherical of 16 (2nd July) Match Report
Brazil Beginning XI: 1 Alisson, 2 Thiago Silva, Three Miranda, 5 Casemiro, 6 Filipe Luis, 9 Gabriel Jesus, 10 Neymar, 11 Philippe Coutinho (20 Roberto Firmino 86), 15 Paulinho (17 Fernandinho 80), 19 Willian (13 Marquinhos 90+1), 22 Fagner
Mexico Beginning XI: 13 Guillermo Ochoa, 2 Hugo Ayala, Three Carlos Salcedo, Four Rafa Marquez (7 Miguel Layun 46), 11 Carlos Vela, 14 Javier Hernandez (9 Raul Jimenez 59), 16 Hector Herrera, 18 Andres Guardado, 21 Edson Alvarez (6 Jonathan Dos Santos 55), 22 Hirving Lozano, 23 Jesus Gallardo
Brazil 2 Mexico Zero
Brazil: Neymar 51, Firmino 88
Brazil stepped up a gear to see off Mexico and attain the quarter-finals after a match performed in intense warmth in Samara. Mexico performed their half in an enthralling encounter however exited the match on the identical stage (final 16) for the seventh successive time.
Mexico started brightly and Brazil struggled to deal with their opponents’ heavy urgent within the first half. However after Neymar opened up the Mexican defence for the breakthrough purpose, Mexico pale within the warmth as their exertions within the ultimate group defeat to Sweden caught up with them.
Matter of reality
Rafa Maquez, aged 39 years and 4 months, was twice as previous as full-back Edson Alvarez.
Brazil, with 227 objectives, overtook Germany because the all-time high scorers on the World Cup.
Neymar’s brilliance gained the sport for Brazil however he earned ridicule for his over-reaction to Miguel Layun’s touchline foul.
Possession (%): 46/54
Purpose makes an attempt: 21/13
Makes an attempt on course: 7/Four
Cross accuracy (%): 82/83
Distance lined (km): 92/89
Brazil vs Serbia (27th June) Match Report
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Brazil Beginning XI: 1 Alisson, 2 Thiago Silva, Three Miranda, 5 Casemiro, 9 Gabriel Jesus, 10 Neymar, 11 Philippe Coutinho (eight Renato Augusto 80), 12 Marcelo (6 Filipe Luis 10), 15 Paulinho (17 Fernandinho 66), 19 Willian, 22 Fagner
Serbia Beginning XI: 1 Vladimir Stojkovic, 2 Antonio Rukavina, 9 Aleksandar Mitrovic (19 Luka Jovic 89), 10 Dusan Tadic, 11 Aleksandar Kolarov, 13 Milos Veljkovic, 15 Nikola Milenkovic, 17 Filip Kostic (18 Nemanja Radonjic 82), 20 Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 21 Nemanja Matic, 22 Adam Ljajic (7 Andrija Zivkovic 75)
Serbia Zero Brazil 2
Brazil: Paulinho 36, Thiago Silva 68
Brazil eased by way of the gears and into the knockout stage as group winners after objectives from Paulinho and Thiago Silva noticed off the problem of Serbia.
Serbia provided little menace within the first half however loved a sustained spell of strain early after the break. Two headed probabilities for Aleksandar Mitrovic weren’t taken and Brazil doubled their benefit from a nook.
Serbia’s depth dropped off after the second purpose though Neymar, having fun with his finest recreation but within the match, went near extending Brazil’s lead on a lot of events.
Serbia dropped Luka Milivojevic and switched Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to a deeper function however except for a spell of strain early within the second half, did little to threaten Brazil.
Possession (%): 44/56
Purpose makes an attempt: 10/13
Makes an attempt on course: 5/Three
Cross accuracy (%): 78/88
Distance lined (km): 114/105
Brazil vs Costa Rica (22nd June) Match Report
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Brazil Beginning XI: 1 Alisson, 2 Thiago Silva, Three Miranda, 5 Casemiro, 9 Gabriel Jesus (17 Fernandinho 90+Three), 10 Neymar, 11 Philippe Coutinho, 12 Marcelo, 15 Paulinho (20 Roberto Firmino 68), 19 Willian (7 Douglas Costa 46), 22 Fagner
Costa Rica Beginning XI: 1 Keylor Navas, 2 Johnny Acosta, Three Giancarlo Gonzalez, 5 Celso Borges, 6 Oscar Duarte, eight Bryan Oviedo, 10 Bryan Ruiz, 11 Johan Venegas, 16 Cristian Gamboa (15 Francisco Calvo 75), 20 Davi Guzman (17 Yeltsin Tajeda 83), 21 Marco Urena (7 Christian Bolanos 54)
Brazil 2 Costa Rica Zero
Brazil: Coutinho 90+1, Neymar 90+7
Costa Rica: none
Harm-time objectives from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar spared Brazil’s blushes and gave them a deserved victory towards a cussed Costa Rica aspect who nearly held on for some extent.
Celso Borges missed an early likelihood however Costa Rica spent the majority of the sport on the again foot as Brazil created a succession of probabilities – for Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Coutinho – solely to be denied by keeper Keylor Navas and the woodwork.
Substitute Roberto Firmino joined Gabriel Jesus in assault as Brazil switched to a Four-Four-2 and the entrance two mixed to arrange Coutinho for the late breakthrough.
Neymar, livid when his play-acting culminated in a VAR intervention that reversed a penalty determination, collapsed in tears on the ultimate whistle, quickly after claiming Brazil’s second purpose.
Matter of reality
Neymar’s 56th purpose for his nation took him to 3rd place within the all-time listing, one forward of Romario however nonetheless behind Ronaldo (62) and Pele (77).
Neymar was left fuming when referee Bjorn Kuipers reversed his determination to award a penalty after Brazil’s quantity 10 had fallen underneath the problem of Gonzalez claiming his shirt had been pulled. VAR did its job – to cease game-changing errors – when Kuipers modified his thoughts after reviewing the pitchside monito’]r and determined that Gonzalez had not pulled Neymar again.
Possession (%): 67/33
Purpose makes an attempt: 23/Four
Makes an attempt on course: 9/Four
Cross accuracy (%): 88/69
Distance lined (km): 105/109
Brazil vs Switzerland (17th June) Match Report
One of many favourites getting into, can Brazil overlook about their 2014 demons? – Match preview right here
Brazil Beginning XI: 1 Alisson, 2 Thiaso Silva, Three Miranda, 5 Casemiro (17 Fernandinho 60), 9 Gabriel Jesus (20 Roberto Firmino 79), 10 Neymar, 11 Philippe Coutinho, 12 Marcelo, 14 Danilo, 15 Paulinho (eight Renato Augusto 67), 19 Willian
Switzerland Beginning XI: 1 Yann Sommer, 2 Stefan Lichtsteiner (6 Michael Lang 87), 5 Manuel Akanji, 9 Haris Seferovic (7 Breel Embolo 80), 10 Granit Xhaka, 11 Valon Behrami (17 Denis Zakaria 70), 13 Ricardo Rodriguez, 14 Steven Zuber, 15 Blerim Dzemaili, 22 Fabian Schar, 23 Xherden Shaqiri
Brazil 1 Switzerland 1
Brazil: Coutinho 35
Switzerland: Zuber 50
Brazil have been pissed off and held to a draw by Switzerland of their opening recreation after Steven Zuber’s controversial header cancelled out Philippe Coutinho’s spectacular purpose.
The pre-tournament favourites took a deserved lead however their play dropped off after scoring the opener they usually couldn’t elevate their recreation when Switzerland equalised with Steven Zuber’s header early within the second half.
Neymar, who was closely fouled all through, was one among a lot of Brazilians who had late probabilities to seize the winner, however Switzerland, who had no pictures on purpose after their equaliser, held out.
Matter of reality
Valon Behrami grew to become the primary Swiss participant to seem at 4 World Cups.
Granit Xhaka and Haris Seferovic have been a part of the Swiss aspect that beat a Brazil workforce containing Alisson, Neymar, Coutinho, Casemiro on the 2009 Underneath-17 World Cup.
The Brazilian federation launched a proper grievance to FIFA in regards to the refereeing, claiming that Switzerland’s equaliser ought to have been dominated out after a push by Zuber on Miranda simply earlier than he jumped to go the ball residence, however VAR dominated that the purpose stood.
Purpose makes an attempt: 20/6
Makes an attempt on course: 9/Four
Cross accuracy: 88/83
Distance lined: 103/108
Brazil World Cup Information
A determined wrestle – Brazil have been down in sixth place with a 3rd of the marketing campaign gone – was a triumphant and exhilarating victory parade from the second that Tite changed Dunga as coach. Following the brand new coach’s appointment, Brazil then put collectively 10 wins and two attracts to seal their place on the 2018 World Cup with 4 rounds to spare. Query marks stay over the workforce’s temperament, significantly that of Neymar. In opposition to Ecuador he was over-concerned with drawing fouls and a routine recreation grew to become a tense event. He misplaced management, picked up a yellow card for a crude foul and missed 4 video games by way of suspension. It stays to be seen whether or not he or others explode underneath strain.
Key Moments in Qualifying
Failure to get out of the group stage of the Copa Centenario noticed coach Dunga lose his job and Tite are available in as his alternative.
Tite’s first recreation, away to Ecuador, was a nervy affair. The sport was goalless with 20 minutes to go and Brazil would have in all probability taken a draw at that time. However debutant Gabriel Jesus compelled a penalty, quickly after the hosts had a person despatched off and the Selecao went on to win Three-Zero.
A purpose up at residence to Argentina, Lionel Messi was wanting harmful for the guests till, on the stroke of half-time, Jesus performed a reverse ball into the trail of Neymar, who put the sport past their rivals’ attain.
Brazil did present they could have resolve in addition to expertise by profitable Four-1 in Uruguay after going a purpose behind.
Brazil World Cup Group
Brazil make up Group E alongside Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.
Brazil World Cup Friendlies
On the 23rd of March Brazil performed towards World Cup hosts Russia and gained handily Three-Zero with objectives from Miranda, Coutinho, and Paulinho. They then beat Germany on the 27th, after which Ivan Rakitic and Croatia on the third of June. Their ultimate recreation was a Three-Zero victory over Austria.
- 23rd March – Russia (gained Three-Zero)
- 27th March- Germany (gained 1-Zero)
- third June – Croatia (gained 2-Zero)
- 10th June – Austria (gained Three-Zero)
Brazil World Cup Fixtures
Brazil play arguably their hardest group opponents of their first recreation of the match, Switzerland on the 17th of June. Costa Rica observe 5 days later, after which Serbia 5 days after that.
Tite, age 56 (25.05.61)
Appointed in June 2016, he’s an clever and charismatic determine who gained home, continental and world titles with Corinthians earlier than taking day off to hold out an in-depth examine of top-class European soccer.
Associated: What Life for Tite After Brazil?
Coming into his peak years, Neymar is filled with dazzling improvisation at tempo and is a continuing menace. Offering he can preserve his head, this World Cup might be his match.
Paulinho was a controversial recall, however Tite is properly conscious of his virtues from their time collectively at Corinthians.
Gabriel Jesus got here in and instantly solved Brazil’s centre-forward downside, scoring seven objectives regardless of solely beginning half the video games. However will he be jaded after a primary full season within the Premier League? The looks of goalkeeper Ederson within the ultimate recreation could also be telling.
Brazil World Cup Squad
Remaining World Cup Squad –
GOALKEEPERS: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester Metropolis), Cassio (Corinthians).
DEFENDERS: Danilo (Manchester Metropolis), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Actual Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Silva, Marquinhos (each Paris St-Germain), Miranda (Inter Milan) Pedro Geromel (Gremio).
MIDFIELDERS: Casemiro (Actual Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester Metropolis), Paulinho (Barcelona), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Juventus).
FORWARDS: Neymar Jr (Paris St-Germain), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Metropolis), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).
Possible Beginning XI
Alisson, Marcelo, Silva, Miranda, Danilo, Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Coutinho, Neymar, Jesus
Brazil World Cup Accidents
Neymar fractured his metatarsal for Paris Saint Germain and it’s questionable whether or not he will probably be 100% match by June.
Dani Alves has suffered a knee damage and can miss the match.
The Unanswered Questions
Have they been really examined but?
Tite’s workforce have been magnificent towards a disappointing crop of South American rivals, however stiffer assessments lie forward. That time was illustrated by the collapse of Argentina’s defence towards Nigeria on the identical day Brazil have been held by an inexperienced England aspect.
Would the aspect profit from appointing a everlasting captain?
With out a pure candidate for the function of on-field chief, Tite has been selecting a distinct skipper for each match and plans to proceed doing so in Russia. Brazil sides have usually been at their finest with a vocal chief.
Can they cowl the weak area behind the full-backs?
Each Dani Alves and Marcelo are rampaging attacking full-backs however neither is nice defensively. Opponents will certainly search to probe the area they go away behind them. With Alves choosing up his damage, Tite does have choices at proper again although.
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