Brazil is Neymar less, but Casemiro was focused to overcome SwitzerlandA late Casemiro strike saw Brazil book their passage through to the knockout stage of the World Cup.
World Cup 2022 highlights, Brazil 1-0 Switzerland as Casemiro’s rocket sealed World Cup progress for Selecao.
Brazil was without Neymar, who was out for the rest of group-stage for his ankle injury, while Switzerland’s hope rest in Breel Embolo who scored the winner against his birth nation Cameroon.
Despite a pack of attacking talents, Tite’s side needed a midfielder’s stunning goal to help them beat the European side.
No Neymar upfront, Vinicius Jr was the brightest hope as the ball was developed from his side for the most part.
The Real Madrid’s forward was the most dangerous of their performers along the left side, while Raphinha was also vital in the opposite flank.
Brazil’s hero Richarlison who scored twice against Serbia failed to find the net, the same for Barcelona’s Raphinha.
No goals before the break though Brazil frequently harried their opponents, but Yann Sommer was hardly in troubled.
Brazil increased their tempo as Tite wanted pressure in a search for goal. But Switzerland also had their chances when Embolo tested Allison.
Among the best chances was the trivela’s cross from Vinicius Jr. which was missed narrowly by Richarlison.
After the hour mark, Vinicius Jr looked to have put Brazil on top with his sublime run and finish, only for VAR to rule out of an offside, not for him but for Richarlison.
However, the effort was worth the wait, with Casemiro struck the ball in the 83rd minute.
The Man United’s man catching a Rodrygo ball on the half-volley with a bit of deflection to beat Sommer in the post.
Victory in Doha means Brazil join defending champions France in the last 16, though defeat for Switzerland still leaves them in second place, with their fate in their own hands.
Brazil set World Cup record
The Selecao have set another historic feat in this tournament after the victory, notching up their 17th unbeaten match in a row in the tournament group stage in a run stretching back to 1998.
But it’s surprising to know that Brazil have beaten Switzerland at the World Cup for the first time, with each of the previous two meetings ending level.
Brazil and Switzerland will both wrap up their Group G campaigns on December 2, with simultaneous encounters against Cameroon and Serbia respectively.
With Brazil now sealed early ticket to round of 16, it is the story of the rest to decide the second name.
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