At times during Brazil’s second-half against Serbia, it was like watching…Brazil.
Tite’s side were in full flow during periods with Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus looking menacing in attacking.
The trio didn’t manage to get themselves on the scoresheet but Paulinho’s first-half strike - supplied by Coutinho - and Thiago Silva’s second-half header - from Neymar’s corner - earned them a 2-0 win.
It was a victory that saw them finish top of Group E and set up a tasty last-16 clash with Mexico.
However, they might have to face the Central American side without Marcelo.
The left-back left the pitch in bizarre circumstances as he slowly walked off after just 10 minutes.
The commentators were initially confused as to quite why Marcelo left the pitch as he didn’t really appear to be injured.
However, it’s now been revealed that the Real Madrid defender had a back spasm.
"A spasm in the stabilizing musculature of the spine," the Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said after the match.
WHAT CAUSED MARCELO'S INJURY?
But what caused it?
Well, the same doctor believes it was possibly caused by a ‘soft matress’ in his Moscow hotel room.
"It could be that the mattress on which he slept in Moscow was softer and that will cause that problem in the column, we will wait how it evolves and if it can play, but the answer for now is good.”
Of course, with players travelling all around Russia, it maybe shouldn’t be surprising that some of them pick up a few muscular injuries on the way.
But Marcelo is confident that he will be back 'soon' after he wrote a social media message after Brazil’s triumph.
“Thanks for all the messages. In a short time I will be back. Thank god it was nothing serious. Very happy for the victory!” he wrote.
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