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Official: Real Madrid star to make World Cup debut for Brazil against Switzerland



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Brazil took on Serbia on the opening matchday of the FIFA World Cup 2022, and cruised to a 2-0 win courtesy of a brace from Richarlison, including a scissor kick.

However, they were faced with several difficulties during the game, with Neymar walking out injured, while Danilo also picked up an injury after the contest.

Neither player is expected to return in time for the group stages.

The former has been replaced by Lucas Paqueta in attacking midfield, with Fred coming in with Casemiro to form the double pivot.

Rodrygo was in contention to take Neymar’s place, but the Real Madrid star is expected to come off the bench later in the game. His club teammate Vinicius Jr, however, is retained in the lineup

Another Real Madrid baller to get the chance today is Eder Militao, who replaces Danilo as a right-back. The Brazilian will be making his World Cup debut for Selecao.

The rest of the lineup is unchanged, with Richarlison, Raphinha and Vinicius Jr making the cut for the front three.

Thiago Silva and Marquinhos hold the fort in central defence, with Alex Sandro flanking them on the left. Alisson retains his place in goal.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla



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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.


Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.


Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.


As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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