The result maintains Brazil’s excellent record in the World Cup group stage, with their last defeat coming against Norway in 1998, having already secured a place in the next round.
Tite’s side are already top of Group G ahead of Switzerland, who beat Cameroon 1-0 earlier and next opponents Brazil.
The scoreline here was the same as when these teams met in the group stage in 2018, but Brazil are determined to do much better than four years ago, when they lost to Belgium in the quarter-finals.
They arrive in Qatar as favorites for their sixth title, two decades after their last victory.
Other results in Qatar’s opening game served as a warning, with arch-rivals Argentina suffering a shock defeat to Saudi Arabia at the same stadium and Germany stunned by Japan.
However, Brazil would know they were not taking Serbia lightly, with the 21st-ranked team in the FIFA rankings being one of the better teams in Europe and having a qualifying group above Portugal.
However, it would have been a huge shock for Brazil to lose at a venue that is aiming to return to the final on December 18.
Tite fielded a very attacking side, with Neymar in favor of Richarlison, Raphinha and Vinicius occupying the wings and Lucas Paqueta adding creativity in central midfield.
Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, needed just two goals to equal Pele’s record of 77 in Brazil, but will have to wait a little longer to achieve them.
Serbia did their best to frustrate the Paris Saint-Germain superstar, who came close to scoring from a direct goal from a corner that would have raised the roof at the magnificent Lusail Stadium, where the stands were filled with yellow and green.
– Acrobatics –
The Brazilians’ best moments of the first half came when Thiago Silva’s defensive pass found Vinicius inside the box, goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic thwarted Real Madrid and Raphinha played a one-two with Paqueta before firing home. saved
Barcelona winger Raphinha was involved again within a minute of the restart when he chased down Nemanja Gudelj, but was again denied by the keeper.
However, Serbia’s resistance was broken just after the hour.
Warning The goal came two minutes after Alex Sandro fired in a left-footed shot from a standing position.
Neymar set up Vinicius for a shot that Milinkovic-Savic got a hand on, but the ball broke to Richarlison who scored.
Serbia responded by bringing on exciting Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, who had been struggling with injury.
However, now Brazil found their stride and deserved the biggest stage when the second goal arrived.
A cross from Vinicius was controlled by Richarlison with the outside of his right boot before he turned and dived with an incredible acrobatic effort.
Brazil could have scored more, Casemiro saw his shot bounce off the crossbar, but it was a very promising start.