The last two teams to play their first match in the FIFA 2022 World Cup are two of the most intriguing in the field.
On the one side, there’s top-ranked Brazil, which last won the World Cup 20 years ago and desperately seeks its sixth title with a squad that is overflowing with attacking options. Neymar remains chief among them, and he enters the World Cup two goals shy of Pelé’s all-time national men’s scoring record (77).
On there other side, there’s a Serbia team that also boasts a wealth of talent on its front line, although injury questions surround Juventus star Dušan Vlahović and Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrović, with only the latter starting. Their effectiveness will likely determine how far Serbia can go in a group that features three teams that were also grouped together in Russia. When Brazil and Serbia last met, four years ago in Moscow, it was the Seleção that took a 2–0 win.
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Here are the lineups for both sides:
Full World Cup Squads
GOALKEEPERS: Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Manchester City), Weverton (Palmeiras)
DEFENDERS: Dani Alves (Pumas), Bremer (Juventus), Danilo (Juventus), Marquinhos (PSG), Éder Militão (Real Madrid), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Thiago Silva (Chelsea), Alex Telles (Sevilla)
MIDFIELDERS: Casemiro (Manchester United), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle), Lucas Paquetá (West Ham), Éverton Ribeiro (Flamengo)
FORWARDS: Antony (Manchester United), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Neymar (PSG), Pedro (Flamengo), Raphinha (Barcelona), Richarlison (Tottenham), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid)
GOALKEEPERS: Marko Dmitrović (Sevilla), Vanja Milinković-Savić (Torino), Predrag Rajković (Mallorca)
DEFENDERS: Srđan Babić (Almeria), Strahinja Eraković (Red Star Belgrade), Filip Mladenović (Legia Warsaw), Nikola Milenković (Fiorentina), Stefan Mitrović (Red Star Belgrade), Strahinja Pavlović (Salzburg), Miloš Veljković (Werder Bremen)
MIDFIELDERS: Marko Grujić (Porto), Nemanja Gudelj (Sevilla), Ivan Ilić (Hellas Verona), Filip Kostić (Juventus), Darko Lazović (Hellas Verona), Saša Lukić (Torino), Nemanja Maksimović (Getafe), Sergej Milinković-Savić (Lazio), Uroš Račić (Braga), Andrija Živković (PAOK Thessaloniki)
FORWARDS: Filip Đuričić (Sampdoria), Luka Jović (Fiorentina), Aleksandar Mitrović (Fulham), Nemanja Radonjić (Torino), Dušan Tadić (Ajax), Dušan Vlahović (Juventus)
COACH: Dragan Stojković
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