Goals either side of half time from Paulinho and Thiago Silva at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow ensured that Tite’s charges marched into the last 16 with relative ease, while condemning Mladen Krstajic’s Serbian side to group-stage elimination
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Tite’s men left it late to beat Costa Rica on Friday, as Philippe Coutinho and Neymar came to the rescue to send Brazil to the top of Group E
The five-time winners seemed poised for another frustrating draw, especially after a penalty awarded to Neymar was overturned by referee Bjorn Kuipers after consulting VAR.
Switzerland had the first opportunity of the match inside the first three minutes, but Blerim Dzemaili – who had been found by Xherdan Shaqiri – could only lift the ball over the Brazilian crossbar from close range
The five-time champions look to have returned to their best under head coach Tite and were the first team to qualify for the tournament
Iniesta, who was substituted in the 82nd, hugged most of his teammates as well as some Real Sociedad players and the referee as he left Nou Camp pitch for the last time as a Barca player
The Catalan giants entered the match knowing that a point would be enough to seal the title, but claimed all three in La Coruna to move 11 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid with a game in hand
By the victory, the Catalans set a Liga record run of 39 games unbeaten and taking them ever closer to another title.
Philippe Coutinho came close with a long range effort, which was tipped wide by Vicente Guaita, with the Getafe goalkeeper also blocking a Yerry Mina header and a late effort from Luis Suarez
Coutinho left the Merseyside club for FC Barcelona this month in a deal worth 142 million pounds
Early goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi calmed the nerves at the Nou Camp on Thursday
Coutinho, who has been handed the number 14 shirt vacated by China-bound Javier Mascherano, had been sidelined by a thigh injury since his drawn-out transfer saga came to an end on January 6
Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are unbeaten in their last 14 league games at home to City, will be looking for revenge after losing 5-0 at the Etihad in the reverse fixture in September
The Brazilian playmaker completed a 142 million-pound ($192 million) move to Barcelona on Monday, meaning Juergen Klopp’s “fab four” up front is now just a three.
Messi’s 365th goal in Spain’s top flight came inside 12 minutes, with Luis Suarez adding the second before the interval and Paulinho completing the victory late on as Barcelona stretched their lead at the top of the table back to nine points over Atletico Madrid
The Brazilian playmaker drew a line under a transfer saga that first started in the summer transfer window on Saturday after Liverpool and Barcelona agreed the second-biggest transfer fee in history
The Brazilian will sign a five-year deal with the club which will contain a release clause of €400 million
Barcelona-based Sport newspaper said Coutinho would join Barca this month on a contract for five seasons, although it said the details of the deal were still to be finalised.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Philippe Coutinho put Liverpool ahead at Anfield after six minutes and Firmino doubled the lead shortly after halftime.
The Gunners incredibly battled back to turn the game on its head, finding the net through Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil, but the sixth and final goal would go Liverpool’s way as Roberto Firmino struck to earn his side a point.