FIFA World Cup 2022 | Casemiro stuns Switzerland 1-0, sends Brazil into final 16


Brazil’s Casemiro celebrates after scoring the objective towards Switzerland through the FIFA World Cup 2022 match.
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Doha’s Stadium 974 thrummed to the samba beat on Monday night time as Brazilian followers introduced Latin American swagger to this patch of Qatar and Casemiro fired Brazil into the knockout phases of the 2022 World Cup finals with a 1-0 victory over Switzerland.

The midfielder’s spectacular 83rd minute objective despatched Brazil by means of with a sport to spare and lit a contact paper to a contest that as much as then had struggled to smoulder.

However the sea of Brazilian followers received’t care about any of that as 80 or so minutes of sloppy passing and directionless play was forgotten within the hysteria of the ultimate minutes.

Tens of hundreds of yellow shirts had painted the within of this quirky stadium shiny yellow in a frieze of canary, damaged up solely by small pockets of native followers in conventional white robes and a smattering of crimson Swiss shirts.

It was exhausting to imagine this was a match being performed on the Arabian Peninsula, for it had each setting of a house sport for the Brazilians – from the thunderous roars accompanying each fancy transfer to the rhythmic beat drummed out all through.

But when the supporters had deliberate for a celebration, the scholar of soccer would possibly properly have suspected in any other case. The 2 earlier World Cup conferences between these two sides had led to attracts — 2-2 in 1950, and 1-1 in 2018.

The Brazilians had solely received three of their 9 match-ups with Switzerland in whole, with 4 drawn and two losses.

This Monday night time conflict appeared to be heading for one more stalemate earlier than Casemiro’s second of pure magic.

With Brazil more and more determined, half-time substitute Rodrygo performed a primary time ball to Casemiro who struck it with the skin of his foot and it glided – in time-honoured Brazilian trend — previous Yann Sommer in objective, the Swiss watching in horror because it bulged the aspect of the within of his objective.

Whereas Rodrygo offered the help, Casemiro and Brazil owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Vinicius Jr for the objective — Brazil’s latest famous person had drawn three more and more determined defenders onto him which created area for the objective.

Winded by a merciless second of Brazilian brilliance, the Swiss slumped and the match might properly have ended two or 3-0, however that will have been unduly harsh on the Europeans who, for essentially the most half, blunted their opponents.

The Swiss, although, can take coronary heart from their efficiency and a win towards Serbia of their closing group match will ship them by means of together with Brazil, and a draw might even be sufficient.

Groups

Brazil:

Alisson; Eder Militao, Thiago Silva (c), Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Fred, Lucas Paqueta; Vinicius Jr., Raphinha, Richarlison.

Switzerland:

Yann Sommer, Silvan Widmer, Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Breel Embolo, Remo Freuler, Granit Xhaka, Ricardo Rodriguez, Djibril Sow, Ruben Vargas, Fabian Rieder.

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