FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Brazil 1-0 Switzerland, Casemiro goal books last-16 spot despite absence of Neymar

Match report: Manchester United midfielder Casemiro scores the winning goal for Brazil, sending his country into the World Cup’s last 16; Brazil is missing Neymar, who injured his ankle in the first Group G win over Serbia; Switzerland remains on three points.

Brazil advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory over Switzerland, thanks to a late goal by Casemiro.

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With Neymar out due to an ankle injury, the five-time champions struggled for long stretches of the game, unable to break down their Group G opponents’ determined defensive setup. Vinicius Jnr appeared to be the most likely to score, but his second-half strike was ruled out by VAR because Richarlison was offside earlier in the move. Casemiro latched onto Rodrygo’s smart flick from Vinicius’ pass inside and slammed home with the help of a glancing deflection off Manuel Akanji with just seven minutes remaining.

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