MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Brazil will be wary of the aerial threat posed by
Serbia when the teams meet in their final World Cup Group E
match here, Selecao coach Tite said on Tuesday.
The five-time world
champions have been instructed to take extra care to avoid
conceding free kicks in dangerous areas during Wednesday’s match
at Spartak Stadium.
characteristics are strong but they also have a lot of technical
quality,” Tite told a press conference.
“We have the ability
to neutralize that but we need to avoid dangerous situations
near goal, crosses. Football is like that: in some areas we win,
in others we lose.”
Group leaders Brazil
need only a draw to guarantee their place in the round of 16,
but they will be seeking an emphatic win to be sure of top spot.
The South American side could drop to second even if they win,
depending on the result of the match between second-placed
Switzerland and Costa Rica.
must win to progress to the first knockout stage without relying
on others. The European outfit could also advance with a draw,
if Switzerland lose by more than a goal to Costa Rica.
Tite said his
starting lineup would be the same as the one used in Brazil’s
2-0 victory over Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg on Friday.