Tournament favorites Brazil get their World Cup underway this evening as they face Serbia in the final match of the first round of group-stage fixtures. Argentina and Germany have already been on the receiving end of huge upsets and while defeat against Serbia would not be as big a shock, Brazil will be wary of taking anything lightly.
It’s now 20 years since Brazil last won the World Cup, but the expectation is high in Qatar as they come into the tournament having lost just once in 28 matches since the start of 2020. Neymar, the star of the show as ever, is only three goals away from Pele’s all-time goalscoring record for the country.
As for Serbia, they will be hoping Aleksandar Mitrovic is fit and available, with the Fulham striker and Dusan Vlahovic certainly capable of causing that Brazilian defense problems. Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!