At the back, Brazil have one of Europe's most sought after goalkeepers in Alisson but he wasn't altogether convincing.
Brazil initially looked as if they would flatter to deceive again, with Neymar in particular appearing easy on the eye but with a distinct lack of cutting edge.
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If Iceland wins, then Sampaoli's side can still qualify if it beats Nigeria by two more goals than Iceland wins its game. As a player myself, I know that if you go into a game and you don't really enjoy it then it is very hard to play well.
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.
Thiago Silva jumped highest to head home the definitive goal as Neymar tried, and even had a one-on-one, but it didn't come off for him. Six players have bookings for Serbia but Krstajić is likely to go with a full-strength team heading into this crunch match. My leaving England for China was good for me, did me well. "In four years, I really developed a lot". There was patient buildup play and the Brazilians sometimes rested in possession, exchanging short passes in their own half to slow down play.
Serbia need a win to guarantee a place in the knockout rounds, while Brazil would go through with a draw.
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"We don't live by expectation, we live by reality", Brazil coach Tite said when asked how he felt about his team now being tournament favourites.
Switzerland also advanced after a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica and will next face Sweden on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.
Neymar wasn't far away from doubling their lead on the stroke of half-time with a curling shot from 20 yards out that dipped just over the goal, after combining with Luis on the left. He then jumped above Serbia's defense from a corner for Brazil's second goal.
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Serbia can still attempt to soak up the inevitable pressure from Brazil and hit them on the counter, or try and take advantage of set pieces with Aleksandar Mitrovic leading the way.