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Still No Starting Role For Firmino As Brazil Name Lineup To Face Serbia

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Roberto Firmino and Fagner of Brazil celebrate victory following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Brazil have named their starting eleven to face Serbia on Wednesday night, and there is still no place in the lineup for Roberto Firmino.

Despite the Liverpool forward coming on for two impressive cameos for the Selecao in their previous two group matches (with resulting calls in some quarters for him to be given a shot from the start), manager Tite has opted to stick with a front three of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Willian as they look to secure a spot in the knockout stages.

Willian has plenty to prove in the last round of group games, with the Chelsea winger failing to perform to the best of his ability. He was replaced with Douglas Costa at half time in the late 2-0 victory over Costa Rica last week, but has retained his spot in the starting lineup for tonight’s decider.

There are no surprises anywhere else in the side, with Philippe Coutinho operating in midfield once again with Paulinho and Casemiro. Veterans Miranda and Thiago Silva are flanked by Marcelo and Fagner in the full-back positions, with Alisson Becker in goals.

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Author: The PA Team

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