Paulinho and Thiago Silva earned Brazil a largely comfortable 2-0 victory over Serbia that clinched top spot in World Cup Group E and eliminated Mladen Krstajic’s side.
Lionel Messi was in inspirational form as he scored four goals to lead Barcelona to a crushing 6-1 La Liga win over Eibar on Tuesday, continuing their 100 per cent start to the campaign.
Paulinho has received backing from Brazil icon Pele after leaving China to join Barcelona in the transfer window.
Barcelona signings like Paulinho do not fit into the team’s system, according to legendary midfielder Xavi.
Barcelona have struck a €40-million deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Paulinho from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao.
Brazil produced an impressive performance to beat arch-rivals Argentina 3-0 in their 2018 World Cup qualifying on Thursday.