Looking for a guaranteed way to the last 16, Brazil resilience Switzerland in their second World Cup 2022 Group G match schedule on Monday night (November 28). Brazil tried their best at Stadium 974 but ended up going away with maximum points, winning 1-0. Casemiro scored the only goal of the game to send his team into the round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Brazil started the game slowly. The Swiss marked them closely in the opening exchanges, making them impossible to string together.
Selecao finally managed to push forward in the 12th minute, when Richarlison found space on the right flank. The Tottenham Hotspur player was about to cut the ball back to Vinicius Junior inside the box but his pass was blocked by Nico Elvedi. A minute later, a brilliant one-touch combination gave Richarlison the lead. However, the ex-Everton man lost control of the ball and sent the ball back to make a kick up.
In the 26th minute, Raphinha excellently welcomed Vinicius Junior’s left wing. The Real Madrid player was unable to successfully complete the serve, allowing Swiss goalkeeper Ian Sommer to push back for a corner.
Switzerland created their first clear chance of the evening after 39 minutes. Ricardo Rodriguez went down the left flank and went wide for Ruben Vargas. Vargas spins his shot to get away from Eder Militao, but can’t make his shot.
Switzerland started the second half as soon as they left the first half. Silvan Widmer makes a low cross from close range to Fabian Rieder. The winger made contact but was unable to get the ball past Alisson.
64 minutes, Casemiro let Vinicius Junior down the left wing, this winger excellently saved to put the ball into the net. Unfortunately for Tite’s men, Richarlison was caught offside in a set-up that disqualified the goal. Nineteen minutes later, Brazil again scored, and that time, the goal stood.
Manchester United ace Casemiro makes a beautiful volley from the left side of the box. It made a lucky deflection on its way into the net. Minutes later, Rodrygo created an impressive space in the Swiss box and scored. Sommer cleverly sent the ball over the bar.
Brazil tried to score more in the closing minutes, but Switzerland were determined to limit the five-time FIFA World Cup winners to a tight 1-0 victory. Here are three Brazilian players who impressed and two who did not perform well in Monday’s win over Switzerland:
Performed by: Vinicius Junior
Vinicius Junior wasn’t at his best against Switzerland, but he’s certainly Brazil’s most ambitious player on the pitch. He took down the players, beat them quite a few times. He created scoring opportunities and also assisted in the back. If Vinicius Junior had taken advantage of the opportunity in the 26th minute, he would have had a near-perfect opening game.
Vinicius Junior made two crucial passes against the Swiss, creating a big chance and winning seven duels. He also committed the highest five fouls of the game, making two tackles and saving a shot.
Richarlison made headlines by scoring two brilliant goals in Selecao’s opening match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup against Serbia. Spurs’ best player could not continue in the position he left unfinished against Serbia, having difficulty getting into the game. Unlike in the match against Serbia, Richarlison looked a bit slower than his opponent, unable to successfully complete two excellent first-half serves.
On Monday night, Richarlison failed to get a shot on target, completed just three passes in 73 minutes and was once caught offside. He also lost in a duel, lost control of the ball eight times and failed to execute the single dribble he attempted.
Performed by: Alex Sandro
Left-back Alex Sandro played very firmly in the Selecao defense on Monday night. The Juventus player has impressed with his ball distribution, making the most of his defensive acumen to spot danger and stand his ground in one-on-one battles.
At Stadium 974, Sandro attempted seven top tackles in the game, winning three of them. He made 11 ball recoveries, completed 54 passes (88.5% accuracy) and won 10 of 11 ground disputes. Sandro also fouled twice, completing a dribble and making an important pass.
Worse: Lucas Paqueta
Lucas Paqueta started with Fred and Casemiro in a midfield three. The West Ham United midfielder failed to reach his full potential, having trouble extending the game with long balls and losing the ball quite a few times.
Paqueta lost the ball 12 times, passed in the wrong place and passed long; and lost both duels in Brazil’s second match at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Not impressed with his performance, Tite opted for a lineup change, bringing him on to replace Rodrygo at half-time.
Performed by: Casemiro
Manchester United holding midfielder Casemiro had a memorable game on Monday night. He controlled the game in the midfield, made some important defensive interceptions, and of course, scored the winning goal in the 83rd minute.
Receiving a neat pass from Rodrygo, Casemiro improvised a shot, volleying a half-volley with charm that left Sommer frozen in place. Casemiro would have also provided an assist if Vinicius Junior’s goal hadn’t been flagged for offside.
In Brazil’s second match at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Casemiro made four interceptions, made 41 passes (85.4% accuracy) and made two long accurate passes. He also won a duel on the ground, trying to handle and block a shot.
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