After Germany's exit and Argentina's nerve-shredding escape, Brazil made more serene World Cup progress on Wednesday when goals by Paulinho and Thiago Silva earned them a 2-0 win over an outclassed Serbia and a knockout tie against Mexico.
Paulinho scored the victor in the first half, and Thiago Silva scored in the second to set up a date with Mexico in the round of 16.
The opening exchanges displayed the contrasting styles on show in Moscow: Brazil with intricate passing and flicks, Serbia with a blunt directness that aimed to utilize the power of Aleksandar Mitrovic and pace of Dusan Tadic.
Paulinho and Thiago Silva's goals ensured Brazil finished top with seven points and will now meet Mexico who contrived to lose when it looked they were poised to top the group.
The World Cup match between Serbia and Brazil will be broadcast live on Fox. Serbia ended third on three points and are eliminated along with Costa Rica.
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The Serbs almost scored in the 61st when Brazil goalkeeper Alisson pushed the ball into the path of forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, whose shot bounced off the keeper and was bound for goal before being cleared by Silva.
Neymar was unlucky not to score 12 minutes after the restart - the excellent Coutinho finding the Paris Saint-Germain man racing behind the Serbia defence only to see his left-footed shot blocked by a quick-reacting Stojkovic.
"From day one when we saw the draw and the group many people thought that Brazil was the favourite to win the group and the competition".
Marcelo is widely considered to be the best left-back in European football.
Mitrovic towered over right-back Fagner near the 65th minute but only to fire his header straight at Alisson with the entire goal to shoot at. Mitrovic has scored 18 goals in 26 games for Fulham and Serbia in 2018 and is a constant threat, especially from crosses.