The Brazilians had been frustrated by an obdurate Swiss side at Doha’s Stadium 974 and it looked as if they would have to settle for a point after a Vinicius Junior strike in the second half was disallowed for offside
A Brazil side lacking spark without the injured Neymar demanded a late strike from Casemiro to edge out Switzerland 1- 0 on Monday as the five- time winners secured their place in the World Cup last 16 with one game to spare. The Brazilians had been frustrated by an obdurate Swiss side at Doha’s Stadium 974 and it looked as if they would have to settle for a point after a Vinicius Junior strike in the alternate half was disallowed for offside following a VAR check. But also, with seven twinkles remaining, Bruno Guimaraes darted the ball on to Casemiro just inside the box and the Manchester United midfielder’s blitz flew into the net with the help of a slight but significant deviation off Manuel Akanji.
Tite’s side are just the alternate platoon to qualify for the last 16 after France and the only side piecemeal from the holders to have won both group matches so far in Qatar.
With six points they will be tempted to rest players for their final Group G game against Cameroon on Friday, when a draw will secure them top spot.
Switzerland, meanwhile, failed to muster a shot on target but remain on course to qualify too, with the 3- 3 draw between Serbia and Cameroon before meaning a palm against the Serbians will take Murat Yakin’s side through and a draw may also serve. They’ve made a habit of making at least the first knockout round at major events, while Brazil are in Qatar to win a sixth FIFA World Cup and nothing lower will do.
The Selecao were always going to miss Neymar, although trainer Tite has said he’s confident the Paris Saint- Germain megastar will recover from his ankle injury to play a part again at the tests.
After the class of Richarlison made the difference in their opening palm over Serbia, this was a memorial for the Brazilians of the strength in depth in the European game.
Four times agone, before being ditched out by Belgium in the quarter- tests, they were also held by Switzerland in the group stage.
Yakin’s side thus had no reason to sweat Brazil, who introduced Manchester United midfielder Fred into their line- up in place of Neymar. As a result they were set up in a 4-3-3 conformation, with Fred and Lucas Paqueta either side of Casemiro, while Eder Militao –- habitually a centre- reverse for Real Madrid- – stood in for the injured Danilo at right- reverse.
There were only flashes of what Brazil could do in a frustrating first half, with the loudest cheers from the millions of sympathizers in unheroic and green in the daises coming when the big screen showed two- time World Cup- winning striker Ronaldo in the daises.
Vinicius had the stylish chance of the opening period when he connected with a Raphinha cross at the aft post in the 27th nanosecond, but Yann Sommer sloped the Real Madrid winger’s trouble before.
Switzerland were without one of their main creative sparks in Xherdan Shaqiri, who was missing due to an apparent ham problem and replaced by Fabian Rieder.
That Tite wasn’t satisfied with Brazil’s first- half caching was clear when he hooked Paqueta at half- time and transferred on Rodrygo.
They had taken the lead just after the hour mark, helping gain possession in midfield before Casemiro released Vinicius to run through and beat Sommer.
But the fests were cut shot as the thing was disallowed by VAR for an offside against Richarlison. Tite turned to his bench and transferred on further fresh bushwhackers in Gabriel Jesus and Antony, but the thing eventually arrived from one of the least likely sources in Casemiro and Brazil saw out a justified palm. Read More News…