Pre-match: Copa do Mundo 2018: Sérvia vs. Brasil, 27 de Junho de 2018

Discussion in 'Brazil' started by Century's Best, Jun 23, 2018.

  1. Century's Best

    Century's Best Member+

    Jul 29, 2003
    USA
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    Location: Spartak Stadium, Moscow

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    Brazil roster:
    Goleiros:
    Alisson (Roma)
    Cássio (Corinthians)
    Ederson (Manchester City)

    Laterais:
    Danilo (Manchester City)
    Filipe Luís (Atlético de Madrid)
    Marcelo (Real Madrid)
    Fagner (Corinthians)

    Zagueiros:
    Marquinhos (PSG)
    Miranda (Inter de Milão)
    Thiago Silva (PSG)
    Geromel (Grêmio)

    Meio-campistas:
    Casemiro (Real Madrid)
    Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan)
    Fernandinho (Manchester City)
    Paulinho (Barcelona)
    Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona)
    Willian (Chelsea)
    Fred (Shakhtar)

    Atacantes:
    Neymar (PSG)
    Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
    Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
    Douglas
    Costa (Juventus)
    Taison (Shakhtar)


    Having won its first game in the 2018 World Cup with two goals in stoppage time and thereby eliminating fellow Latin Americans Costa Rica, Brazil now turns to the group’s final game with the objective of reaching a total tally of 7 points and winning the group in its confrontation with Serbia.

    Serbia qualified directly for the World Cup as the winners of UEFA Group D – a group which was not comprised by the strongest teams Europe has to offer. Serbia lost only once at Austria (2-3) and drew three times against teams such as Moldova, Georgia, Wales, and the Republic of Ireland.

    On paper, Serbia does not present a serious challenge. Serbia drew 1-1 at the Republic of Korea in November 2017, and lost at home to Morocco 1-2 this past March – only to defeat Nigeria 2-0 2 days later. Serbia lost a friendly to Chile 23 days before the match vs. Brazil, and destroyed Bolivia 5-1 on June 9.

    In this World Cup, however, Serbia has shown it is not a weak team. It handily defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in its opener, and although it lost 1-2 against Switzerland, the Serbians did not take long to open the scoreboard. Given the Swiss were able to score two goals, and as the Serbians now trail Brazil due to goal differential, it is likely Serbia will go on the attack rather than "parking the bus" which Costa Rica did - and this should enable Brazil to go forward and attack.

    Although Serbia emerged in the geopolitical world and in sports as a separate entity only from 1991 in the aftermath of Yugoslavia’s dissolution, FIFA and UEFA both view Serbia as the direct successor of Yugoslavia. Thus, if observers were to consider 2018 Serbia as the newly “refurbished” Yugoslavia which participated in international competitions since the first World Cup, this match will mark the fifth confrontation between the two teams.


    From Yugoslavia emerged nations such as Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, and Bosnia, and against Switzerland, Serbian history was at hand. Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored for Switzerland, were born in Kosovo, an entity which Serbia refuses to recognize politically. Serbian fans booed both from the start, and upon scoring, both gestured with their hands, as if to emulate the shape of an eagle, which appears on the Albanian flag, as if to provoke the Serbian team.


    Brazil has an overwhelming advantage against the old Yugoslavia, with 9 wins, 7 draws, and only 2 defeats in 18 matches. Both defeats occurred before Brazil because a powerhouse in international football – at the 1930 World Cup, with a 2-1 win for Yugoslavia and an 8-4 friendly win for the eastern Europeans in Belgrade. That was the last time Brazil lost to this team.

    In World Cups after 1930, Brazil beat Yugoslavia 2-0 in Rio de Janeiro, drew 1-1 in Switzerland in 1954, and drew 0-0 in West Germany 20 years later.

    Brazil last played Yugoslavia in 2002, in a preparation match before the Korea/Japan World Cup, and Brazil won 2-0.

    Against Serbia itself, Brazil played once - on June 6, 2014, in a preparatory friendly before the 2014 World Cup. Brazil won 1-0, with a goal scored by Fred (whom nobody here misses) and in a disjointed game which should have given warnings Brazil wasn't in good shape.

    Brazil and Serbia also met in the U-20 World Cup final, which Serbia won 2-1. Gabriel Jesus was there for Brazil whereas 4 players from that U-20 Serbian side are in Russia: Marko Grujić, Miloš Veljković, Andrija Živković, and Sergej Milinković-Savić. This last player started against Switzerland and did not score a goal - and earned a yellow card.

    Tite, Brazil's manager, kept his starting XI unchanged from the debut vs. Switzerland when he faced Costa Rica (minus Fagner who replaced a slightly injured Danilo), but he made key substitutions which improved the team and ultimately yielded in a victory. Firmino and Douglas Costa did well while Paulinho was fair and Willian was disappointing. With a win achieved and less tension and pressure, it remains to be seen what changes if any Tite will implement.

    The following was Serbia’s starting XI vs. Switzerland:

    Vladimir Stojković; Branislav Ivanović, Nikola Milenković, Duško Tošić, Aleksandar Kolarov; Nemanja Matić, Nemanja Matić; Dušan Tadić, Sergej Milinković-Savić, Filip Kostić; Aleksandar Mitrović.
     
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  2. Bezhusan

    Bezhusan Member

    Atlético Mineiro
    Brazil
    May 30, 2018
    Douglas Costa injured his thigh and is ruled out of this game. His participation in the rest of the competition looks to be in jeopardy.

    That’s always been the problem with him, he’s made of glass, very injury prone. We can’t depend on him, unfortunately.
     
  3. MerlinRM

    MerlinRM Member+

    May 5, 2014
    NorthEast USA
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    That Douglas Costa news is extremely disappointing. He was great when he came on and could have really competed with Willian to take that starter spot.
     
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  4. celito

    celito Member+

    Palmeiras
    Brazil
    Feb 28, 2005
    USA
    Club:
    Palmeiras Sao Paulo
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    Exactly. How many times was he called up and actually couldn't come because of injury. He probably wasn't 100% as he came in with injury. This sucks because there goes some of our depth in attack.

    Like I said, essa Copa é do Taison :ROFLMAO:
     
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  5. Kaka10725

    Kaka10725 Member+

    Jun 1, 2007
    Damn that new sucks about Costa. We can go 4-4-2 with Coutinho and Neymar wide and Firmino behind Jesus.
     
  6. Estuardo A. Lopez

    Jul 9, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    F*ck it man. I just found out about D. Costa. So sad. I thought that spot on the right was his for the rest of the World Cup. I hope Willian wakes up.
     
  7. IVO !

    IVO ! Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    RIO AND CHICAGO
    Club:
    Flamengo Rio Janeiro
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    Yeh, bad news, and seems to always come from the right side.
    PRA FRENTE BRASIL !!!!
     
  8. ripalino

    ripalino Member

    Feb 26, 2013
    Sao Paulo
    Club:
    Fluminense Rio Janeiro
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    Really crestfallen with the news of costa.....He was a game changer..
     
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  9. ripalino

    ripalino Member

    Feb 26, 2013
    Sao Paulo
    Club:
    Fluminense Rio Janeiro
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    Is the injury of costa so severe to rule him out from the rest of the tournament ? Or is it only a one match layoff ? Does anyone have any latest update ?
     
  10. ripalino

    ripalino Member

    Feb 26, 2013
    Sao Paulo
    Club:
    Fluminense Rio Janeiro
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    Salute to Douglas costa on his commitment....Played with injury and came up with a crucial assist vs costa Rica . Now compare that with diego costa ( a.k.a traitor ) Douglas is a true patriot.
     
  11. ripalino

    ripalino Member

    Feb 26, 2013
    Sao Paulo
    Club:
    Fluminense Rio Janeiro
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    You mean both Jesus and firmino as starters ( willian and neymar in the wings ) and 2 holding mids ?
     
  12. celito

    celito Member+

    Palmeiras
    Brazil
    Feb 28, 2005
    USA
    Club:
    Palmeiras Sao Paulo
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    Apparently that's a possibility yeah. Similar injury to the one he had coming in but on the opposite egAnd Danilo's injury is only slightly better.
     
  13. celito

    celito Member+

    Palmeiras
    Brazil
    Feb 28, 2005
    USA
    Club:
    Palmeiras Sao Paulo
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    Not sure if Diego Costa was lying, but he had already given his word to Del Bosque when Scolari came calling. So he actually did something honorable by keeping his word. Although if it was for a country that had no title aspirations, I think he would have gone back on his word. :ROFLMAO:
     
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  14. celito

    celito Member+

    Palmeiras
    Brazil
    Feb 28, 2005
    USA
    Club:
    Palmeiras Sao Paulo
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    Having watched the 2nd half again, 5 mins of extra time was a travesty as well. There were basically no stops in the 2nd half except for when a little delay when Boateng got the 2nd yellow. The Swedes didn't really employ any time wasting. At most there should have been 3 mins.
     
  15. ripalino

    ripalino Member

    Feb 26, 2013
    Sao Paulo
    Club:
    Fluminense Rio Janeiro
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    Sweden got lot of chances. Any decent team would have killed the game long before germany had equalized...Manuel nuer looked short of confidence with his body language ( lack of match practice or whatever ). The defense doesn't look very impressive . We can beat this team i am very confident. Most of of our players are better than their players .
     
  16. Kaka10725

    Kaka10725 Member+

    Jun 1, 2007
    5 mins has been the default added time in this WC for some reason.
     
  17. leonidas

    leonidas Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 25, 2005
    NYC
    Club:
    Palmeiras Sao Paulo
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    Brazil losing Douglas Costa for this game, and potentially the Cup, is quite the blow.
     
  18. Estuardo A. Lopez

    Jul 9, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Does anyone know the extent of D Costa's injury.
    I've read that it's only a slight tear, which would mean 10 day recovery.
     
  19. Bezhusan

    Bezhusan Member

    Atlético Mineiro
    Brazil
    May 30, 2018
    If that is right he could sacrify and play in the R16, at least as a sub. It is really a pity, I’ve always liked him, he’s for me is the player Denilson should have become and never have, plus he’s always performed for the NT. Too bad he’s made of glass.
     
  20. Kaka10725

    Kaka10725 Member+

    Jun 1, 2007
    Got hold out hope that Willian gets back to form.
     
  21. celito

    celito Member+

    Palmeiras
    Brazil
    Feb 28, 2005
    USA
    Club:
    Palmeiras Sao Paulo
    Nat'l Team:
    Brazil
    Been thinking the injury problems we've had over the years in WCs and it's quite the list.

    82 - Careca days before the start
    86 - Zico probably shouldn't even be in the WC. Mozer.
    90 - Romario 4-5 months before the WC (achilles tendon)
    94 - Ricardo Gomes and Ricardo Rocha. Jorginho in the Final.
    98 - Romario. Flavio Conceição. Not counting Ronaldo convulsions.
    02 - Ronaldo and Rivaldo came in far from 100% but delivered. Emerson days before start.
    06 - Don't remember anybody ... but Ronaldo and Adriano completely out of shape.
    10 - Elano during the WC. Kaka was all fuked up as well coming in.
    14 - Neymar
    18 - Neymar, Douglas Costa, Dani Alves, Renato Augusto

    There were some others also in
     
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  22. tpmazembe

    tpmazembe Member

    Jun 13, 2002
    The Midfield (S.Fla)
    ...and Fred
     
  23. Bezhusan

    Bezhusan Member

    Atlético Mineiro
    Brazil
    May 30, 2018
    In 94 Branco also wasn’t 100%. Of that list the one that hurts the most is Romario in 98.
     
  24. Century's Best

    Century's Best Member+

    Jul 29, 2003
    USA
    I do wonder though. Had Romario never gotten injured, played France '98 at 100% form, and helped Brazil win the 5th title, wouldn't the problems that we faced in 2002's qualifying have eventually surfaced anyway?

    We would've qualified for Korea/Japan as 1998 champions, but would we have won 2002? I would say Brazil had something to prove after 1998 and Ronaldo, back from injury, wanted to make a point and he helped Brazil win it all.
     
  25. tpmazembe

    tpmazembe Member

    Jun 13, 2002
    The Midfield (S.Fla)
    IMO, Willian suffers from lack of support. Douglas Costa was a change of pace, but would also suffer if had to start the game. Greater effort to improve the right side attack is required from everyone.

    Jorginho, the WC winning Selecao RB, has some interesting comment regarding Willian here between 26:06 - 27:38

     
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