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Brazil vs Serbia LIVE World Cup 2022: Commentary stream as Neymar, Vinicius and Raphinha in starting 11

Brazil fans in high spirits ahead of Serbia WC game

Brazil face Serbia in their Group G World Cup opener at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar.

Tite’s five-time winners are the favourites to triumph in Qatar, with an enviable amount of talent in the final third, including Raphinha, Vini Jr, Richarlison, Gabriel Jesus, Antony and, of course, star man and talisman Neymar.

But Serbia have some dangerous players looking to cause an upset, with Lazio’s Sergej Milinković-Savić and Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic looking to unsettle the likes of Thiago Silva and Marquinho. And four years ago in Russia, Brazil failed to win their opening game, with Switzerland fighting back to earn a point with a Steven Zuber goal cancelling out Philippe Coutinho’s opener.

After Switzerland’s win over Cameroon, Serbia will hope to seize back momentum and avoid defeat here with the Indomitable Lions up next.

Follow all the action with our live blog below, at the conclusion of Portugal vs Ghana.

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Mitrovic has 50 goals in 76 games for Serbia. That’s seriously impressive.

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Alex Pattle24 November 2022 18:44

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The yellow and green of Brazil’s flag and jerseys always injects some wonderful colour into a World Cup.

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Alex Pattle24 November 2022 18:34

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A reminder of the starting XIs…

Brazil: Alisson, Danilo, Silva, Marquinhos, Sandro, Casemiro, Paqueta, Neymar, Vinicius Jr, Raphinha, Richarlison.

Serbia: V Milinkovic-Savic, Veljkovic, Mladenovic, Pavlovic, Milenkovic, Zivkovic, Gudelj, S Milinkovic-Savic, Lukic, Tadic, Mitrovic.

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Alex Pattle24 November 2022 18:32

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Elsewhere in Group G earlier today, Switzerland edged past Cameroon 1-0.

Here’s Mark Critchley with the match report from Qatar:

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 18:28

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We now turn to Brazil vs Serbia, the final game of the day!

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 18:25

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World Cup 2022: Portugal 3-2 Ghana

“A 37-year-old unemployed man began his latest quest to conquer the world.

“Clubless but not goalless, Cristiano Ronaldo started in trademark fashion. His first goal as a free agent gave him yet another record, as the first player to score in five different World Cups. The milestones are testament to the astonishing longevity of one who, for the second time, is a former Manchester United footballer.

“For Ronaldo, who extended his own record to 118 international goals, every celebration doubles up as vindication.

“And yet Portugal’s winning beginning owed rather more to a compatriot United would not dream of releasing; to a footballer, indeed, who often plays better without Ronaldo.”

Read our match report from Richard Jolly in Qatar:

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 18:17

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“After the scandal and a furore, Cristiano Ronaldo is back on the pitch, gracing football’s biggest stage in what remains an awkward, yet compelling Portugal side.

“It remains his team, but Joao Felix epitomises the immense talent available elsewhere for Fernando Santos, who has seldom dared to imagine and pursue the Selecao’s exciting potential.

“Tasked with breaking down a wall of five Ghana defenders, including centre backs Daniel Amartey, Alexander Djiku and Mohammed Salisu, this was a new and refreshing attempt to squeeze a little more out of this group while demanding relatively little out of Ronaldo.”

Here’s Jack Rathborn on what Felix’s fine performance for Portugal could mean for the future of the side – a future without Ronaldo:

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 18:10

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There’s life in the old dog yet, in case you doubted it.

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Alex Pattle24 November 2022 18:07

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So, Ronaldo’s second-half penalty started a goal rush!

Ayew soon equalised for Ghana, but it wasn’t long before Felix restored Portugal’s lead, which was almost immediately extended by Leao.

But Bukari pulled one back for the Black Stars late on, before Portugal goalkeeper Costa nearly gifted Williams a 99th-minute equaliser!

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Alex Pattle24 November 2022 18:02

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Full-time: Portugal survive that late scare, winning what became a wild game!

They’re up and running in Group H, beginning their World Cup campaign with three points.

Alex Pattle24 November 2022 18:00

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