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Casemiro scores as Brazil qualify for Round of 16 with 1-0 win over Switzerland

Brazil became the second team after France to qualify for the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup 2022.

November 28, 2022 / 11:59 PM IST
Brazil's Casemiro, top, scores his side's opening goal during the World Cup group G soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland, at the Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Brazil's Casemiro, top, scores his side's opening goal during the World Cup group G soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland, at the Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

They might have been missing the services of Neymar, but that did not stop Brazil from overcoming a stubborn Switzerland defense to qualify for the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup 2022. Brazil had a brilliant goal from Vinicius Junior disallowed, but Casemiro found the back of the net in the 83rd minute to break the Swiss defense.

Brazil forward Neymar stayed at the team’s hotel treating a right ankle injury sustained in the opener in Qatar. Team doctors have not yet given a timetable on his return — or said if he will return at all. The win saw Brazil move top of the table in Group G with six points, leaving Switzerland with three. Serbia and Cameroon, which drew 3-3 earlier in the day, have a point each.

Switzerland, which had no attempts on target, needs a win in the last match against Serbia to guarantee its spot in the next stage. A draw may be enough depending on the match between Brazil and Cameroon.

The result extended Brazil’s unbeaten run in the group stage to 17 matches, with 14 wins and three draws. It has lost only one of its last 29 group games, with the last defeat coming against Norway in 1998 in France.