Paulinho and Thiago Silva put Brazil through and send Serbia home
There was joy for Brazil in Moscow, but also schadenfreude at one remove as a 2-0 defeat of Serbia propelled Tite's improving team into the World Cup knockout stages on the same afternoon Germany left the tournament.
A projected last-16 meeting with Brazil's nemesis of four years ago can now be safely placed away in the box of horrors. Germany's defeat by South Korea in Kazan brought great booming cheers around the Spartak Stadium press room and squeals of joy from the Brazil supporters outside.
The five-times champions will instead travel east to Samara to play Mexico as Group ....
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