Brazil beat Serbia to ease into Knockout stages

Brazil floored Serbia 2-0 to make it to knockout stages of the World Cup, courtesy of goals from Paulinho and Thiago Silva, Eurosport UK reports.

The five-times world champions finished top of Group E with seven points and will now play against Mexico in the second round. Serbia ended in third place with three points and are out of the tournament.

Paulinho broke the stalemate in the 36th minute when he timed his run very well to reach Philippe Coutinho’s lofted through pass and flick the ball over goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

Serbia forward Aleksandar Mitrovic had two superb opportunities to equalize with close-range headers in the second half before Brazil defender Thiago Silva sealed the day with a near-post header from a corner in the 68th minute.

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