Serbia’s goal: to reach the knockout stage

Serbia's goal: to reach the knockout stage

Serbia has one goal in mind after qualifying for Qatar 2022, and that is to reach the knockout stage this time around. Serbia already qualified for the Round of 16 and finished fourth place before. However, since Serbia became an independent nation, they never go past through the group stage. In the 2006, 2010, and 2018 edition, they failed to get out of the group stage, so they will once again try their luck in this edition.

This squad will have to face two of their opponents in the group stage in Russia- Switzerland and Brazil. The team’s journey to the World Cup is actually impressive because after failing the 2020 European Championship, they topped their World Cup qualifying group. What is more impressive is the fact that they edged a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal squad. They sealed a spot for Qatar 2022 when they had a 2-1 victory in the Finals in their qualifying match, and finished their unbeaten campaign.

World Cup: Serbia
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Serbia is in the same group with Brazil, Switzerland, and Cameroon, and are now looking for the second spot. Brazil will most likely seal the first spot in the group stage, so Serbia is now eyeing the second spot for a position in the Round of 16. Moreover, this team is looking to avenge against the Swiss, as they defeated them in Russia 2018. During the 2018 World Cup, it was the Swiss who eliminated them, so they are looking for revenge.

In this campaign, the Serbians will have to rely to Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic, and Sergej Milinkovic- Savic. These three will be Serbia’s key to their success in the World Cup, but others need to step-up for Serbia. Vlahovic’s experience could bring this squad far, while Mitrovic is the nation’s all-time top goal scorer. As for Milikovic-Savic, expect him to be a playmaker for the Serians.

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