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Official: Vinicius Jr starts for Brazil against Serbia; Rodrygo, Militao on the bench

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Brazil will kickstart their FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign in less than an hour when they face Serbia in a Group G encounter. Ahead of the match, manager Tite has released the starting lineup that will take the field at the Lusail Stadium.

As was reported earlier today, Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr makes it to the lineup for Brazil. The 22-year-old has been tremendous form this season and has been rewarded with a start by Tite for the Selecao.

Vinicius starts on the left flank in a 4-2-3-1 formation for Brazil against Serbia, with the 22-year-old accompanied by Richarlison as the centre-forward and Barcelona’s Raphinha on the right wing. Neymar, meanwhile, occupies the No. 10 slot.

Unfortunately, there is no place in the starting XI for Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammates Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao, who find themselves on the bench.

Los Blancos’ icon and Manchester United star Casemiro starts in the two-man midfield pivot alongside Lucas Paqueta.

Another former Real Madrid player in the form of Danilo gets the nod at right-back while Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Alex Sandro complete the rest of the Brazil backline against Serbia. Liverpool No. 1 Alisson Becker mans the goal for the tournament favourites.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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