Friday June 6, 2014 Friendlies Finished Estádio do Morumbi

Brazil 1 - 0 Serbia

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  1. International friendlies - Fans jeer as Brazil stutter to victory in final outing before World Cup

    International friendlies - Fans jeer as Brazil stutter to victory in final outing before World Cup

    Brazil laboured to an undeserved 1-0 victory over Serbia on a derisory pitch in Sao Paulo in their last match before the World Cup. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Brazil
    • Serbia
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME! Brazil 1-0 Serbia. The favourites for World Cup glory labour to victory. That is not a performance to strike fear into their future opponents. Next stop for them: Croatia at home.
    • 90+2' CHANCE! Jo crashes a header at goal but substitute keeper and Serbian debutant Milan Lukac makes a wonderful save. That’s one to tell the grandkids.
    • 90+1' Has Maicon bust his hammy? It looks that way as he hobbles off.
    • 90' Into added time at the end of the second-half.
    • 89' The Brazilian defence are statuesque as the ball flies narrowly over their crossbar. They need full-time. Shocking performance.
    • 88' Maicon booms clear. Serbia have a corner. Slight delay as the Serbian keepers swap places.
    • 87' Ivanovic wins an all-Chelsea duel with Willian and sends his team-mate sprawling to the deck.
    • 86' The fourth official earns his match fee as he oversees a spree of Serbian substitutions.
    • 85' Real lack of urgency amongst the Brazilians. Here’s the scenario: your team is leading 1-0. Do you boo? That’s what the home fans are doing.
    • 83' Luiz does brilliantly to control a dangerous long ball, then proceeds to hoof it into the Sao Paulo sky.
    • 82' Booing is audible as Neymar is taken off the pitch. Whether that’s at the decision or the striker’s performance is unclear. Probably a bit of both.
    • 81' Yet another Brazilian effort from distance ends up in the stands. Won’t be long before the game is abandoned due to a lack of match balls.
    • 80' Brazil change: Maxwell ON, Marcelo OFF.
    • 79' Willian heads the ball back across goal, but Neymar and Hulk leave it for each other. Chance vanishes.
    • 77' Petrovic has a crack from distance. Serbia are very much alive in this contest.
    • 76' Goalscorer Fred departs the action. Jo joins the action.
    • 75' Just seen a replay. Hulk was miles onside. Shocking decision.
    • 74' DISALLOWED GOAL! Hulk breaks through the Serbian offside trap and delicately chips the onrushing keeper. He wheels away in delight, waving his arms to a crowd all too aware of the linesman’s flag in the background. Awkward.
    • 73' CHANCE! Markovic weaves through the Brazilian defence, cuts onto his right foot and shoots… Cesar gets down to save.
    • 72' Substitution for the hosts. Alves, who has a bit of a shocker, is replaced by Maicon.
    • 71' POST! Serbia display some neat touches. It’s whipped into Jolic… Outside of the post! Alves at fault.
    • 69' Neymar blazes into the crowd. He’s had a disappointing night thus far.
    • 68' It’s suddenly rather easy for the hosts as they start knocking around five yard passes under limited pressure.
    • 67' Stojkovic has to make a save! It’s a tame one from distance, although it did take a nick on the way through.
    • 65' Luiz slaps his hands together in frustration as he’s greeted by a wall of white shirts.
    • 64' Hulk charges back into defence, wins the ball and smashes it downfield.
    • 63' The crowd still sound a little disappointed despite their goal lead. Don’t think we’ve had a single chant tonight.
    • 62' Didn’t realise he was playing, but Paulinho is hauled off for Fernandinho.
    • 60' Willian delightfully slips in Hulk. The forward plays a quick one-two off the keeper’s chest before being crowded out.
    • 59' Now will we see a more fluid Brazil performance?
    • 58' GOAL! Brazil 1-0 Serbia. Fred controls Silva’s cross with his chest, slips over and pokes home. Rather embarrassing for Ivanovic who was all over the place. That’s got the crowd on their feet.
    • 57' Neymar’s current mood: A combination of irritation and exasperation.
    • 56' Tadic hits the ground under pressure from Luiz Gustavo. One longing look at the referee later and Serbia have a free-kick.
    • 55' Half-time change to bring you up-to-date with: Willian is on, Oscar departs.
    • 54' Dusan Basta pings the ball towards Dusan Tadic in the middle… The striker hesitates and the ball flies past him. Big opportunity.
    • 53' Thiago Silva hurls himself into challenge. Serbia keep possession and have a three on two. Marcelo tidies up.
    • 52' Hulk drops deep to spark an attack. It breaks to Neymar who can’t prod the ball to Alves.
    • 51' BREAKING NEWS: Pictures have returned. It's still 0-0. And Neymar is on the floor. Again.
    • 49' Slight confession: we’re not in Brazil covering this match and all TV/stream coverage has died.
    • 47' He went down three seconds into the first-half and now, barely 10 seconds into the second period, Neymar is down again clutching his knee. He gingerly gets to his feet.
    • 46' We’re back underway. Time for Brazil to click into gear.
    • 45+1' After 45 minutes of near-silence, the crowd unite to boo a woeful first-half from their side. Serbia – a side who failed to qualify for Brazil 2014 – have outplayed the World Cup favourites.
    • 45' One minute of added time signalled.
    • 44' Hulk raises his hands above his head to applaud one of the worst passes of 2014, which missed its target by at least 30 yards.
    • 43' It’s in! But, unfortunately for the neutral, it’s disallowed. Markovic prods home but the flag had – rightly – gone up moments earlier.
    • 42' The Brazilian drummer has belatedly arrived. He starts booming his instrument but the fans aren’t keen to get involved.
    • 41' Luiz whacks the ball into the crowd from the resulting free-kick. Definitely the ball’s fault.
    • 39' BOOKING! Neymar is hacked to the floor (again!) with Matic the offender. Yellow card.
    • 38' Serbia weave their way towards the opposition goal but a breakdown in communication halts their forward momentum.
    • 37' Despite the treacherous conditions, Serbia are happy to knock the ball about at the back. Brazil haven’t forced Vladimir Stojkovic into a single stop.
    • 35' Scolari leaves his dugout to bark instructions at his troops. His first move should be to haul Luiz off who has been hopeless.
    • 34' Slip count: 14 players have fallen victim to the greasy surface.
    • 33' Hulk sneaks down the left flank and cuts the ball back to Neymar. The Brazilian star pauses on the ball, lays it off to a team-mate and, moments later, it's in with the fans.
    • 31' CHANCE! Mitrovic rises, unmarked, inside the penalty area but contrives to send his header wide of the post. Awful effort. Serbia should be one up. At least.
    • 30' CHANCE! The Brazilian defence goes missing as two Serbian players pop up inside their penalty area. It’s fired across the face of goal but Luiz, instead of clearing, whacks it against his own keeper and fearfully watches as the ball flies just wide.
    • 29' If you’re an international player cooped up in a hotel room watching this game, this performance is hardly going to get you worried. Argentina, Germany, Spain and company - get excited.
    • 27' The yellow shirts are interchanging positions with ease, but the same cannot be said about their passing. Sloppy stuff from the hosts.
    • 26' Cesar clambers off his line and punches clear a corner. That was rather catchable. One for the cameras.
    • 25' Luiz is on the ball again. What will he do this time? Just a mild mistake of conceding possession deep inside his own half.
    • 24' There’s a lot of chat about how this is the roundest ball ever. I’m not an expert on spheres, but surely all balls are, by definition, nice ‘n round.
    • 23' Rain is continuing to fall as Brazil knock the ball up steadily at the back. Fred has a crack from distance which flashes just past the post.
    • 21' Big Phil does not look happy in the sidelines. The manager sits hunched on the touchline, his left hand slightly obscuring his vision.
    • 20' What are you doing, Luiz? The defender is all over the place at the back. He squares up to Aleksandar Mitrovic. How much did you pay for him again, PSG?
    • 18' Pitch update: it’s on a par with your average Football League surface.
    • 17' Neymar pounces on a loose pass on the edge of the penalty area. But, just as he’s about to lash home, Petrovic gets back to make a challenge.
    • 16' We’re hearing that this WILL be the XI to start the tournament. Can you feel the world trembling? Me neither.
    • 15' Oscar pops up in space, overruns his opportunity and Serbia hack clear. The Chelsea midfielder has been anonymous in the early stages.
    • 14' BOOKING! Radosav Petrovic purposefully kicks Neymar. That’s out of order. Referee goes into his pocket and brandishes the yellow card.
    • 13' The atmosphere is ridiculously flat. Each individual cheer or cheeky air horn blast is clearly audible over the quiet Brazilian chatter.
    • 12' Neymar tilts his head in frustration as a pass towards him is delayed.
    • 11' Serbia stand up to the test and avert the danger. Tell you what, the Europeans look the more likely in the early stages.
    • 10' Brazil are already running out of ideas and we’re only 10 minutes in. A hopeful ball into the box yields a corner though.
    • 9' CHANCE! Aleksandar Kolarov floats through the Brazilian defence before firing at goal. The net ripples… But it’s the side netting. Poor communication from the hosts.
    • 7' Luiz gives a white opposition shirt a nudge inside the area. He’s looked a little ropy in the early stages.
    • 6' Serbia win (win is a loose term as it was earned through a dive) a free-kick midway inside the Brazil half.
    • 5' Brazil’s gameplan in the opening five minutes: pass to Neymar, hope Neymar does something.
    • 4' Neymar leaps into the air before his upwards momentum is halted by gravity. Cue elaborate dive. Super theatrics.
    • 3' David Luiz engages in a tussle with Chelsea team-mate Nemanja Matic. The pair exchange a couple of syllables before getting on with their respective lives.
    • 2' Brazilian hearts leave mouths as their star forward leaps back to his feet.
    • 1' We’re underway. Bam. Neymar is clattered after three seconds. Is his World Cup over?
    • 20:00 The Serbia players pass down a large banner proclaiming “Serbia needs help” as the teams line up. They feed it to their Brazilian counterparts who oblige and continue shifting it along. The organisers release a sea of yellow and green balloons. We're almost ready to get cracking.
    • 19:55 Just had a peak at some betting markets. You can get 18/1 on Neymar to bag a hat-trick tonight. With five minutes to go until kick-off, here’s a BIG stat on the frontman.
    • 19:50 Will this be Brazil’s starting XI in the tournament opener against Croatia? It’s an imposing line-up featuring Neymar, Fred and Hulk in attack. Best of luck, Serbian defence.
    • 19:45 TEAMS – Brazil: Cesar, Alves, Luiz, Silva, Marcelo, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar, Hulk, Neymar, Fred /// Serbia: Stojkovic, Tosic, Ivanovic, Petrovic, Tadic, Kolarov, Matic, Jojic, Basta, Mitrovic, Markovic.
    • 19:40 Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of Brazil vs. Serbia from Estadio do Morumbi. We kick-off in 20 minutes.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' CHANCE! Jo crashes a header at goal but substitute keeper and Serbian debutant Milan Lukac makes a wonderful save. That’s one to tell the grandkids.
    • 73' CHANCE! Markovic weaves through the Brazilian defence, cuts onto his right foot and shoots… Cesar gets down to save.
    • 71' POST! Serbia display some neat touches. It’s whipped into Jolic… Outside of the post! Alves at fault.
    • 58' GOAL! Brazil 1-0 Serbia. Fred controls Silva’s cross with his chest, slips over and pokes home. Rather embarrassing for Ivanovic who was all over the place. That’s got the crowd on their feet.
    • 39' BOOKING! Neymar is hacked to the floor (again!) with Matic the offender. Yellow card.
    • 31' CHANCE! Mitrovic rises, unmarked, inside the penalty area but contrives to send his header wide of the post. Awful effort. Serbia should be one up. At least.
    • 30' CHANCE! The Brazilian defence goes missing as two Serbian players pop up inside their penalty area. It’s fired across the face of goal but Luiz, instead of clearing, whacks it against his own keeper and fearfully watches as the ball flies just wide.
    • 14' BOOKING! Radosav Petrovic purposefully kicks Neymar. That’s out of order. Referee goes into his pocket and brandishes the yellow card.
    • 9' CHANCE! Aleksandar Kolarov floats through the Brazilian defence before firing at goal. The net ripples… But it’s the side netting. Poor communication from the hosts.
    • 19:45 TEAMS – Brazil: Cesar, Alves, Luiz, Silva, Marcelo, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar, Hulk, Neymar, Fred /// Serbia: Stojkovic, Tosic, Ivanovic, Petrovic, Tadic, Kolarov, Matic, Jojic, Basta, Mitrovic, Markovic.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Brazil

    Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

  • Serbia

    Manager: Ljubinko Drulovic

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