Brazil have confirmed their spot in the 2022 round of 16 stage with a 1-0 victory over Switzerland thanks to a super strike from Casemiro.
It seemed to be only a matter of time before Brazil would break the deadlock, seemingly beating Switzerland right across the board throughout the match.
In the end the stats showed a dominant display, with the Brazilians having 13 shots with five of those on target compared to the Swiss having only the six shots with none on target.
However, when it came to the 83rd minute with still no breakthrough insight, Casemiro became the hero. Sending Stadium 974 into a frenzy, Brazilian fans rejoiced as the midfielder put the ball beautifully past Switzerland keeper Yann Sommer.
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Brazil, who were without star forward Neymar Jr due to an ankle issue, rarely troubled Switzerland’s goal in a slow first half. A more attacking threat in the second period came thanks to Vinicius Jr who thought he had put Brazil ahead 66 minutes into the match as he ran through on goal and slotted the ball past Sommer, but it was disallowed for an offside in the build-up.
The thunderous roar once Casemiro sent in his half volley was music to the ears of football fans, making all question if the match was actually being played in Qatar rather than the South American nation. The beats of the drums, the applause of every pass and chants helped Brazil overcome a battle that seemed destined for a draw.
The result means Brazil qualify comfortably for the round of 16, with a game to play in the group stage of the tournament against Cameroon. Switzerland on the other hand sit second in the group after a six goal epic draw between Serbia and Cameroon left them with a point each.
Winded by a cruel moment of Brazilian brilliance, the Swiss slumped and the match could well have ended two or three nil. Such a result would have been harsh on the Europeans who, for the most part, challenged their opponents.
The Swiss, though, can take heart from their performance and a win against Serbia in their final group match will send them through along with Brazil.
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