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Iranian referee, linesmen to officiate 2018 FIFA World Cup Brazil vs Serbia match

This file picture shows Iranian football referee Alireza Faghani (bottom) together with linesmen Mohammad Mansouri (C) and Reza Sokhandan.

Iranian referee Alireza Faghani together with linesmen Reza Sokhandan and Mohammad Mansouri will officiate the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup Group E match between the Brazil men’s national football team, nicknamed Seleção (The Squad), and Serbia.

The world’s soccer governing body has picked the trio to oversee the clash at the Spartak Stadium in the Russian capital city of Moscow on Wednesday. The fourth official is Shukralla Nawaf from Bahrain.

Seleção only needs a point in its final group stage game to be sure of reaching the knockout stages, while a win will surely put the squad in the last 16 as Group E winner.

Meanwhile, Brazil head coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, commonly known as Tite, says 26-yaer-old striker Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar, shouldn't be expected to shoulder Seleção’s hopes, calling on all Brazilian soccer players to keep emotions in check against Serbia.

“Neymar is only in the recovery stage. He is a gifted player, but outside his normal standards, or he wouldn't be playing like this,” Tite pointed out.

The 57-year-old further noted, “This is an evolution, if you look at the heat map of his last two games, it has increased considerably. Maybe he will be at the top of his game in the next match. We shouldn't place the whole responsibility on his shoulders.”

Commenting on Neymar’s tears after scoring in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica last Friday, Tite compared them to his own weeping for joy after Brazil beat Ecuador 2-0 in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualifying race.

Brazil's forward Neymar cries after scoring a goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on June 22, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

“I want to say to the whole Brazilian nation - I cried on the phone to my wife after we beat Ecuador, just because I was happy,” the Brazil coach said.

He added, “I am very careful about associating reasons with emotions.  There are moments, of course, when you have to have a cool head and to keep a standard.”

“We are aware of the emotions and the pressure, we have to be able to assess heart, head and reasoning. But emotion isn't always in sync with imbalance - not at all,” Tite said.

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