The South American giants suffered a setback in the 10th minute, however, when Marcelo was forced off with what appeared to be a foot injury, with Filipe Luis replacing him at left-back.
Jesus proved lively with runs in behind the Serbia defence and his endeavour created a chance for Neymar, whose cross-goal strike was pushed away by Stojkovic.
Brazil then knocked the ball around with all the deft skill and control that the neutrals at Spartak Stadium had come to see but even then Neymar couldn't get the goal he so desperately wanted, firing a bouncing shot over the bar and having a final effort palmed clear by Stojkovic.
Serbia pushed for an equaliser but lacked the cutting edge and were caught by a classic suck-punch when Thiago Silva headed home powerfully from an outswinging Neymar corner on 68 minutes.
Paulinho opened the scoring with a little loop over the head of Serbian goalkeeper in the first half before Thiago put the game beyond the reach of the Serbians in the second with a powerful header.
Serbia repeatedly struggled to contain Brazil's fleet-footed attack.
Mitrovic towered over right-back Fagner near the 65th minute but only to fire his header straight at Alisson with the entire goal to shoot at. It's always hard to play against such team as Brazil, they played well.
Switzerland also advanced after a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica and will next face Sweden on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.
Serbia can still attempt to soak up the inevitable pressure from Brazil and hit them on the counter, or try and take advantage of set pieces with Aleksandar Mitrovic leading the way.
Noise-Canceling Apple AirPods Reportedly Being Developed
Jun 28, 2018 - 05:16
The upgraded AirPods will replace the existing AirPods with noise cancellation features as well as a water-resistant technology. Apple plans to ramp up AirPods production by working with Foxconn , people familiar with the arrangement said.
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern reveals her baby's name
Jun 26, 2018 - 18:55
Te Aroha is the name of a mountain in New Zealand . "Clarke's been as much of a role model here as I am", she said. Ms Ardern has assured commentators it'll be business as usual during her six weeks off.
Javier Hernandez: Mexico can't get caught up in group-stage success
Jun 26, 2018 - 18:38
After losing their opening game against Sweden , a win was key for South Korea's hopes of making it out of the group. South Korea is a +460 underdog, while a draw bet is listed at +253.
Duke lays wreath at Israel's Holocaust memorial
Jun 26, 2018 - 18:06
Thanks to her, the Cohen family survived and today lives in France. The duke will also meet the country's President Reuven Rivlin.
Nigeria vs Argentina will be the first final - Sampaoli
Jun 26, 2018 - 16:57
Those three will play a crucial role with their quality and experience, but Sampaoli must find a system that works. And those who say he does not perform for his country like he does for his club are wrong.
Oklahoma State’s Jeffrey Carroll signs with Los Angeles Lakers
Jun 26, 2018 - 16:47
National Basketball Association rules prohibit teams from negotiating with free agents until midnight on July 1. Wagner was an All-Big Ten selection after averaging 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Harley-Davidson moves some production out of United States after tariffs
Jun 26, 2018 - 16:14
The EU says about $3.4 billion worth of US products are affected. "It also announced a future plant in Thailand ". In fact, his policies may play a role moving them to the very country he wanted to defend the company against.
In sign of detente, North Korea skips annual anti-US rally
Jun 26, 2018 - 16:12
The U.S.is set to give North Korea a specific timeline to complete denuclearization, while outlining specific requests. North Korea and South Korea have also agreed to resume the reunions of war-torn families in mid-August.
Rockets' Harden wins Most Valuable Player Award
Jun 26, 2018 - 14:42
He was hired as the new coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy. Harden was the driving force behind the historical season for the Rockets.
Marin Cilic stuns Novak Djokovic to take Queen's title
Jun 25, 2018 - 03:52
He had to scramble to save match point at 4-5 and, from that point on, grew in self-belief. He then served it out to love to claim his second title at Queen's.
Spider-Man Spinoff to Feature Korean-American Superhero Silk
Jun 25, 2018 - 03:48
As for Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, the official title is Spider-Man: Far from Home , according to Tom Holland . Well, their fears were unfounded because for our money, Holland is the best Spider-Man of all time.
Luis Suarez seeks World Cup redemption as he reaches 100 caps
Jun 25, 2018 - 01:44
Uruguay as a team weren't particularly impressive, either, as their play was often slow and lacking in spark or intensity. Suarez stopped the goal of Ghana in the last moments due to which the red card was shown by the refree to him.
IN officials react to Supreme Court's online sales tax decision
Jun 24, 2018 - 23:44
Wayfair case, overturning the long-standing rule that states could not tax businesses or sellers outside of that state's borders. While this ruling is beneficial to state governments, it stands to have a negative impact on retailers and consumers alike.
Fallen Kingdom' Pacing For $133 Million Opening Weekend
Jun 23, 2018 - 13:33
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's Thursday box office tally. Now with the dinosaurs free, humans must learn to co-habit with these prehistoric beasts.
In tit-for-tat, Trump threatens more tariffs against China
Jun 23, 2018 - 13:23
Despite the threat from Trump, China vowed to retaliate with "strong" countermeasures if the US goes ahead with the new tariffs. Trump said Monday night that If China "refuses to change its practices" then the additional levies would be imposed on Beijing.