The centre-back partnership of Miranda and Thiago Silva has also been solid for Brazil in the tournament. Both have navigated successfully whatever has been thrown at them, and they are the main reason why Brazil have conceded only one goal in their four games in the tournament.
A lot has already been written about Brazil’s attacking prowess. There is no doubt that Neymar is the biggest star in the side, but it’s Philippe Coutinho who has won everyone’s heart with his performances in Russia.
The Barcelona star has scored two goals and provided one assist in four appearances for his national side. Neymar has attracted a lot of negative headlines for his diving in the tournament, but he has also been quite useful to his national side. Like Coutinho, Neymar has also registered a couple of goals and a solitary assist so far in Russia.