Brazil’s five-time champions were given a significant setback ahead of their second Group G match against Switzerland on Monday, when the Selecao picked a team without Neymar. In the 83rd minute, Casemiro scored a wonderful goal to give Brazil a 1-0 lead. Brazil edged Switzerland and qualified for the Round of 16 thanks to the Manchester United midfielder’s goal. Vinicius Jr. appeared to have taken Brazil ahead in the 65th minute, but VAR intervened and saw his opener ruled out due to an offside call in the build-up. Switzerland didn’t take many major risks and was ultimately punished by Brazil.
After a scoreless first half at Stadium 974, Tite’s men were buoyed late when Manchester United’s Casemiro scored a magnificent volley to secure the Selecao a 1-0 win over Switzerland. The record-breaking champions have joined France in the final 16 of the Qatar World Cup after a thrilling win over Switzerland. The Brazilians are also the second team in FIFA World Cup history to not face a single shot on goal in their first two games. The defending champions, France, accomplished the identical feat in the 1998 edition of the showpiece event.
Significant moments in the game
27 minutes: Vinicius Jnr fails to connect cleanly with a cross when unmarked at the back post. 53 minutes: Alex Sandro slides in to make an important block from a Swiss cross.
64 minutes: Vinicius Jr scores, but his goal is called out by VAR for offside against Richarlison.
83 minutes: Casemiro scores for Brazil thanks to a minor deflection.
Confirmed Line Ups of the Match
Brazil XI: Alisson, Militao, Silva, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro, Paqueta, Casemiro, Raphinha, Fred, Vinicius Junior, Richarlison.
Switzerland XI: Sommer, Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez, Xhaka, Freuler, Rieder, Sow, Vargas, Embolo.