At the Lusail Iconic Stadium on Thursday, Brazil will play Serbia in the opening match of their campaign to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup. A victory on the first day would help set the mood favorably for the remainder of the tournament because the Selecao is one of the heavy favorites at football’s greatest event this year. The teams’ matchup on Thursday will mark their third meeting overall and second in back-to-back World Cup competitions.
World Cup 2022 Brazil:
The last time Brazil won the World Cup title was 20 years ago, and this year is thought to have been one of their greatest opportunities to do so since then. The South Americans are in great shape going into this game as well, having gone 15 games without suffering a loss.
In 2018, Brazil’s team was in transition and lacked a distinct identity. The team and the country as a whole were still plagued by the humiliation of losing to Germany 7-1 in front of their home crowd in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup they hosted. However, this time there is a palpable excitement about the team of the longtime favorites, which is largely attributable to the attacking quality at their disposal.
World Cup 2022 Serbia:
Serbia has changed since the last World Cup, just like Brazil. They just made their second World Cup debut in the 2018 competition in Russia. Veterans who were clearly beyond their prime and inexperienced players who had never played on such a large platform together made up the majority of the group. They failed miserably in the group stage, as was expected.
The current team, though, appears to be more suited to withstand the stress of major tournament play. The younger players that were a part of the 2018 team have made significant steps in their development as a result of the retirement of the old guard, which included BranislavIvanovi, NemanjaMati, and Aleksandar Kolarov.
Given that Serbia looks excellent as well, Tite’s men won’t have it easy against them. Dragan Stojkovic’s team enjoyed a strong Nations League campaign, losing only one of their six games after winning their qualification group.
- Brazil has defeated Serbia in each of their previous meetings, including their group-stage matchup at the most recent FIFA World Cup (2-0, June 2018). The other came in a friendly match in June 2014, a 1-0 victory.
- With 22 appearances, Brazil will be the only side to have competed in every FIFA World Cup since its first tournament in 1930.
- Brazil has won 12 of their past 15 World Cup group games (D3), remaining undefeated in the process. Their last group-stage loss came against Norway in 1998. Brazil has really won their group in round one of every World Cup since 1982, and the only time they didn’t get past the first round was in 1966.
- Brazil has won a record five FIFA World Cups and has the best win percentage (67%; 73 wins in 109 games) of any country in the tournament’s history.
Players to watch:
Brazil: At Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar is perhaps playing his finest football to date. This season, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli have been crucial to Arsenal’s revival. Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior just helped Real Madrid win the Champions League. This front line has equal parts fire and flair when Raphinha, Antony, and Richarlison are added.
Serbia: The record for the most goals scored in a single English season was broken last year by Aleksandar Mitrovic. He is among the English Premier League’s most dreaded attackers at the moment. Filip Kosti was a key player in Eintracht Frankfurt winning the Europa League the previous season, which led to his transfer to Juventus.
Brazil vs Serbia Head-to-Head:
Brazil wins: 2
Serbia wins: 0
Brazil goals: 3
Serbia goals: 0
Brazil vs Serbia Match Details:
Teams: Brazil and Serbia
Where: The match will kick off at the Lusail Stadium.
When: At 12:30 AM IST on November 25, 2022
Brazil vs Serbia Live-Streaming:
Live coverage of the game between Brazil and Serbia at the Qatar 2022 World Cup is available on BBC One in the UK. At 18:30 GMT, the free-to-air public broadcast television network will start airing its shows. Along with the Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV channels, the match will also be free to watch live on the Jio Cinema app and website.
Brazil vs Serbia Prediction:
It’s difficult to dispute the odds that this matchup will be a mismatch. Brazil is a global superpower that doesn’t back down from opponents of Serbia’s level. Although the Serbians have a respectable amount of defensive potential, they have yet to demonstrate that they can handle one of the top World Cup favorites. Brazil may triumph with a score of 3-0 in the final outcome.