Brazil's win set up a last-16 meeting with Mexico in Samara on Monday, while it is Switzerland, not Serbia, who will take on Sweden in St Petersburg the following day after drawing 2-2 with Costa Rica. The Serbs ended third in the group on three points, a disappointing campaign for them and their fans in Moscow after a bright opening game win against Costa Rica.
However, Brazil made sure of the win when Neymar swung in a free-kick and his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Thiago crashed home his header, unmarked at the near post, on 68 minutes. "It was really hard for us to play Brazil, it just a higher class of opponent", Matic said.
"Because we did so well during the qualifiers and friendlies we created an excessively high sense of expectation, but the World Cup is a new cycle, a new format", he added. "We look at getting stronger and improving".
Tite's side probed away at the White Eagles in the first half before Paulinho made the breakthrough in the 36th minute to give them a 1-0 lead at the break.
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Brazil's often-overlooked defence, which has now conceded only three goals in 13 games, did still have to stand up strongly against a Serbian side whose only real threat looked to be an aerial assault.
The Barcelona midfielder got there first before goalkeeper Stojkovi? for a simple poke on the ball for the opener. The effort was there, and the potential in this largely young team, who played for each other, was there to see - particularly early in the second half.
After Miranda had nearly steered an Adem Ljajic ball into his own net, Aleksandar Mitrovic missed with two headers, the first striking Thiago Silva after Alisson's flap and the second straight at the goalkeeper from close range.
Selecao coach Tite named the same starting line-up that secured the win over Costa Rica as Roberto Firmino and Douglas Costa remain on the bench, despite their impact in the last game.