Brazil through after Casemiro stunner

Monday 28 November 2022 18:07

Casemiro struck a brilliant 83rd-minute winner, as Brazil beat Switzerland 1-0 to secure qualification to the last-16 of the 2022 World Cup.

The Manchester United midfielder settled a tight game, drifting unmarked into the box and lashing the ball into the back of the net from Rodrygo's pass in the closing stages, just as it seemed the Selecao would have to settle for a goalless draw.

Casemiro's strike, which took a slight deflection off Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji on the way in, is his first in World Cup football and confirms that Brazil will be in the knockout rounds, which begin on Saturday.

The 30-year-old had earlier played a part in Vinicius's disallowed strike, with the Real Madrid winger slotting past Yann Sommer from Casemiro's through ball only for VAR to deny him the goal, as Richarlison had been offside in the build-up.

Casemiro takes the acclaim from his team-mates.

Those were the standout moments from a game which failed to ever truly burst into life, with the Swiss holding the pre-tournament favourites at bay for large spells without ever really threatening Alisson's goal.

Brazil are the only side in the tournament yet to concede a shot on target, and join Poland and Morocco as the sides to have kept two clean sheets so far.

All four United players in the Selecao squad were involved at Stadium 974 in Doha, with Fred playing alongside Casemiro in midfield before being replaced by Newcastle's Bruno Guimaraes on the hour mark - perhaps due to picking up a booking for a trip on Djibril Sow just minutes earlier.

Antony looked lively when he was introduced for Raphinha on 73 minutes, while Alex Telles, who is currently on loan with Sevilla, was brought on for Alex Sandro to help see the game out after Casemiro had found the net.

Alex Telles is introduced in the closing stages.

With Brazil now safely into the next round, Tite may take the opportunity to rest players on Friday when they face Cameroon, with key man Neymar already ruled out due to the foot injury he suffered in last Thursday's 2-0 win over Serbia.

Brazil only need a point against Rigobert Song's side to secure top spot and a round-of-16 clash with the runners-up of Group H, which contains Ghana, Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay.

Portugal and Uruguay go head-to-head in Monday's late game, after Ghana's rollercoaster 3-2 victory against Ghana earlier in the day.