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Brazil v Switzerland Live Commentary, 28/11/2022

FT
1 - 0
BRA
SUI
Casemiro (83)
Stadium 974

Commentary

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Brazil's 1-0 victory gives them two wins from two so far, and a maximum of six points. They top the group by three points ahead of Switzerland, who remain second following Cameroon and Serbia's earlier draw in the corresponding Group G fixture. That means despite this disappointing loss, the Swiss are in pole position to join already-qualified Brazil in the knockout stages, though they'll have to improve against Serbia in their final game to prevent being leapfrogged by their European neighbours.
His 64th minute 'goal' may not have stood, but Vinicius Junior was still electrifyingly good throughout the entire game. Other than his offside goal which was finished expertly, the Real Madrid winger had a shot on target, four touches in the box, and won a total of five free-kicks. He was unplayable at times with the ball at his feet, creating two good chances, completing nine of his 10 final-third passes, and contesting a game-high 18 duels, five of which were dribbles. His energetic pressing also saw him win possession six times, twice coming in Switzerland's own defensive third. Dazzling.
It's all over, and Brazil sneak the victory in a game they were far from their best in to secure qualification to the last 16! Casemiro's thumping finish seven minutes from time grants them all three points, after an earlier goal by Vinicius was ruled out for an offside in the build-up. Switzerland did threaten going forward, but Brazil kept them at bay relatively easily, and eventually their quality in the final third told as Casemiro lashed in the winner. The Selecao are home and dry in the knockouts, while Switzerland have plenty to do in their final game against Serbia in order to join them.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: BRAZIL 1-0 SWITZERLAND.
90' + 4' BLOCKED!!! What a goal that would've been! A long pass from the back is flicked on by Vinicius, and Rodrygo looks to slot it home but Akanji gets in the way of it to prevent a certain goal!
90' + 3' CHANCE!!! Jesus plays it forward for Vinicius, who strolls past Fernandes to give Brazil a two-on-one. He takes a poor touch as he reaches the box though, and Akanji wins possession back for the Swiss.
90' + 1' We're into a total of six minutes of added time as Brazil look to close out this tightly-fought game.
89' Jesus looks to dribble away from four defenders, but he's stopped in his tracks by Arsenal teammate Xhaka, who shunts him to the floor and concedes a free-kick.
87' SAVED!!! Jesus races towards the box from the left and puts Rodrygo into shooting space. He tries his luck, but his near-post effort is tipped over by Sommer!
Alex Telles
Alex Sandro
Brazil
86' Alex Sandro also comes off, and it's a like-for-like replacement for Brazil as fellow left-back Alex Telles comes on.
F. Frei
S. Widmer
Switzerland
86' Widmer is replaced in Switzerland's latest change, and Fabian Frei comes on as they begin to chase the game.
85' Brazil have avoided defeat in their last eight matches when scoring the opening goal in the World Cup dating back to July 2010 against Netherlands.
Rodrygo
Assist
Brazil
83' Rodrygo's pass there was just exquisite, and the anticipation of Casemiro to finish it off was even better!
Casemiro
Goal
Brazil
83' GOOOOAAAALLL!!! Brazil have their breakthrough this time!!! Vinicius' inside pass is flicked on by Rodrygo, and the ball takes one bounce in the box before Casemiro smashes a half-volley that sends the ball spiralling into the far corner!! That's one hell of an improvised finish by the defensive midfielder, and it finally puts the Selecao 1-0 up!
81' Guimaraes arrives late in the box to head towards goal, but Sommer sees it all the way and easily gathers the ball.
79' Alex Sandro has made seven tackles and won possession 11 times so far, the first to do so in a World Cup game since Daniele De Rossi in 2010 for Italy against Paraguay.
H. Seferović
B. Embolo
Switzerland
77' Embolo has been shut out convincingly up front, and Haris Seferovic replaces him for Switzerland.
M. Aebischer
D. Sow
Switzerland
76' Switzerland make further changes, as Sow comes off for Michel Aebischer.
74' We're still yet to see any real chances of note, other than Vinicius' disallowed goal, but Switzerland have seemingly turned a corner in this half. They only managed one shot to Brazil's six in the first half, but outnumber the Selecao five shots to two in the second period.
Antony
Raphinha
Brazil
73' Raphinha's also been quiet so far this second half, and Antony will replace the Barcelona winger.
Gabriel Jesus
Richarlison
Brazil
73' Richarlison's heroics against Serbia haven't been repeated in this game, and he won't play any further part as he's taken off for Gabriel Jesus.
72' Vinicius dribbles into space and puts Richarlison through down the left. He shoots from a tight angle in the box, but Widmer gets in the way of it!
70' From a Sandro cross, Militao glances a header goalwards, but it skews wide to the right of the target and goes behind.
68' Vinicius puts the afterburners on and scorches past Akanji, who leans into the winger and knocks him over to concede a free-kick on the left edge of the box!
66' NO GOAL!!! Replays point out that Richarlison, who didn't touch the ball but was certainly active in the move, came back from an offside position, and so despite Vinicius timing his run to perfection, the goal will not stand!
64' BALL IN THE NET!!! Brazil think they've broken the deadlock here! The Swiss defence is pulled out of position and Casemiro threads a pass forward for Vinicius. He steps over the sliding challenge of Widmer, and keeps his composure to coolly slot the ball beyond Sommer and into the bottom corner! The goal is initially given, but the referee's heard something in his ear here...
62' Brazil are still yet to face a shot on target at the World Cup so far. The last team to go through the first two games of a World Cup without facing a shot on target were France in 1998, and they eventually won the tournament.
60' Steffen's ball into the area is flicked on by Fernandes, and Sow's first time strike is blocked by Militao! Sow recovers possession to tee up Fernandes on the edge of the box, but Casemiro gets in the way of his effort.
R. Steffen
F. Rieder
Switzerland
59' Rieder has also looked good in spells down the opposite flank, and Renato Steffen will replace him for the Swiss.
E. Fernandes
R. Vargas
Switzerland
59' Vargas has been one of Switzerland's best on that left-hand side, but comes off now for Edimilson Fernandes.
Bruno Guimarães
Fred
Brazil
58' Fred is off in Brazil's next change, and Newcastle United's Bruno Guimaraes will replace him in the middle.
57' CHANCE!!! Fred threads a pass through to Vinicius, who flashes the ball across the face of goal with the outside of his boot. Richarlison dives to connect at the far post, but is inches away from tapping the ball home as it flies wide!
56' Embolo chases a Brazil pass back to Alisson, and charges down the goalkeeper's clearance before it's recovered by Silva!
54' Embolo charges through the middle before feeding Vargas from the edge of the box. The winger cuts inside and shoots, but Marquinhos' block sends the ball behind for a corner!
53' CHANCE!! Widmer surges into the box to latch onto a cross-field pass from the left, and he drills a low ball towards the near post. Rieder slides in but can't connect properly, while Sow's rebound is blocked by Sandro!
Fred
Yellow Card
Brazil
52' Raphinha's cross into the middle is cut out and Switzerland look to break, but Sow is clipped from behind by Fred, who receives the game's second booking in as many minutes.
F. Rieder
Yellow Card
Switzerland
50' Rodrygo attempts to turn away from Rieder, but is caught in the face by a stray elbow from the Swiss winger and falls into Freuler. Rieder is booked as a result, as Rodrygo eventually gets to his feet.
48' Switzerland had just one attempt in the first half, their lowest tally in the opening 45 minutes of a World Cup game since their opening game in 2010 against Spain. However, they famously won that game against the soon-to-be world champions, and could that be an omen that an upset is on the cards here?
46' The Selecao kick off the second half in Doha, and we're back underway in this game!
Rodrygo
Lucas Paquetá
Brazil
46' Brazil make an attacking half-time change, with Real Madrid winger Rodrygo coming on for Lucas Paqueta.
We're back for the second half, and can Brazil's quality shine through to break the deadlock in the second half?
Raphinha has been a threat when cutting onto his left foot from the right, and played a big part in the biggest chance we have seen so far. His cross should have been put into the net by Vinicius, and that was one of his two key passes so far. The Barcelona winger has had a shot from distance himself, as well as completing seven crosses, two of which created chances for his team-mates from set-pieces.
We've got a stalemate so far, with both sides in this game still yet to really get going. Brazil have forced Sommer into some light work with shots from Vinicius and Raphinha, but Brazil's hero against Serbia, Richarlison, has been kept at arm's length so far. Switzerland have looked dangerous on the break at times, but are yet to test Alisson, and both sides need to improve in the final third if we're to see some goals in the second half!
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: BRAZIL 0-0 SWITZERLAND.
45' + 1' Vargas whips in a Swiss corner that Akanji flicks on at the front post, but Sandro stops and clears the ball for Brazil as the half-time whistle goes.
45' We'll play just a minute of added time at the end of this first half, which is certainly a rarity given how much we have been seeing!
44' WIDE!!! Silva arrives at the front post to meet Raphinha's corner, but his goalward header is deflected away from the target by Elvedi!
43' Raphinha drives into the box and looks for Richarlison, but the striker's run is matched by that of Elvedi and he heads behind for a corner.
41' This is the latest into a World Cup game in which Brazil have attempted their first shot (27 minutes) since 1994 against Cameroon (32nd minute).
39' CHANCE!! Rodriguez's cross from the left is deflected into the path of Vargas, who beats Marquinhos with a superb Cruyff turn, but hesitates from shooting on the angle and is tackled by Silva!
38' Raphinha finds space in the left side of the box and floats a cross into the centre, but Sommer jumps high to catch the ball and quash the chance.
37' Vinicius cuts inside and finds his teammates as Brazil move the ball quickly across the edge of the box. It comes to Militao, who shoots from 20 yards, but a good block from Xhaka sends the ball behind for a corner.
35' Following their 1-0 win over Cameroon, Switzerland are looking to win their opening two games at a World Cup for the first time. The last time they won consecutive games in the competition was in 2006 against Togo and South Korea.
33' Switzerland look to counter as Xhaka sends Vargas away with a long pass down the left flank, but Militao shows great strength to muscle him off the ball and retain possession for the Selecao.
31' SAVED!! Raphinha plays a one-two with Militao as he drifts in-field. He picks the ball up centrally and shoots from 25 yards, sending a looping strike straight into the gloves of Sommer!
29' Both previous meetings between Brazil and Switzerland at the World Cup have ended in a draw (2-2 in 1950, 1-1 in 2018). No side have Brazil faced more at the competition without ever winning than the Swiss (also two vs Portugal and Hungary).
27' SAVED!!! Raphinha drops a shoulder before curling a good cross into the box. Vinicius peels off his marker and ghosts in at the far post, but his effort of the volley is parried behind well by Sommer!
26' Widmer picks up the ball in space and drives into the box, but he's dispossessed by a well-timed Silva tackle as he looks to release Freuler.
25' Sow and Vargas both attempt balls into the box, but Marquinhos is equal to both and clears twice in quick succession for Brazil.
23' Switzerland have won two of their last four meetings with Brazil in all competitions, having failed to win any of their first five, losing three. The Swiss have scored exactly once in each of their last six against Brazil.
21' Vargas darts across the box to latch onto Akanji's pass forward, but his cross from the byline finds no-one but Alisson in the centre of the area.
19' CHANCE! After great work from Vinicius engages four Swiss defenders, Paqueta peels down the left and crosses into the area. Richarlison stretches at the front post, but can't quite reach the ball and Elvedi clears!
17' Brazil are looking to win back-to-back World Cup games against European nations for the first time since a run of six between 2002 and 2006, following their 2-0 win over Serbia. Sixteen of Brazil's 18 total defeats at the World Cup have come against European sides.
15' Embolo turns and advances towards the box, but is tackled and caught on the floor by Casemiro. The free-kick is called by the referee, with Switzerland 35 yards from goal.
13' Good one-touch play between Casemiro and Fred puts Richarlison through on goal again, but a poor first touch from the striker sends the ball behind for a goal kick.
12' CHANCE! An absolute beauty of a flick pass forward from Paqueta puts Richarlison into open space, but the striker only has Vinicius to aim at in the box and the cut-back is intercepted by Elvedi!
11' Fred wins possession superbly and looks to release Richarlison on the counter, but Elvedi tackles through the back of him and concedes a cheap free-kick.
9' Embolo holds off the attention of Silva and Switzerland play it wide to Rodriguez. He crosses from deep, but the ball is volleyed clear by Militao before any yellow shirts can get to it.
7' Switzerland have won just one of their eight World Cup games against South American sides, beating Ecuador 2-1 in 2014 in Brasilia.
5' Xhaka flicks a long pass forward for Embolo, who has the run on Marquinhos, but Alisson comes well out of his area to clear the ball forward.
4' After Vinicius wins a free-kick down the left touchline, Raphinha drills the ball into the box, and Richarlison just mistimes a glancing header that would have certainly caused problems!
3' Brazil are unbeaten in their last 16 group stage games at the World Cup – no side has ever gone 17 without defeat in the group stages of the competition before.
1' Embolo kicks off, as Switzerland get this Group G clash underway!
The teams make their way out of the tunnel, and we're just moments away from kick-off at Stadium 974 in Doha!
Just one change for Switzerland, with 20-year-old winger Fabian Rieder coming in for Xerdan Shaqiri. He’ll be looking to supply Breel Embolo with plenty of ammunition up top, as the Monaco forward looks to add to the World Cup account he opened against Cameroon.
Brazil’s headline absentee is Neymar, who picked up a nasty ankle injury against Serbia and will miss the remainder of the group stage. His team-mates will be hoping to get the job of qualifying for the knockouts done in his absence. The Selecao are also missing Danilo at right-back, with Eder Militao and Fred coming in for him and Neymar respectively.
SWITZERLAND SUBS: Jonas Omlin, Gregor Kobel, Philipp Kohn, Edimilson Fernandes, Denis Zakaria, Haris Seferovic, Renato Steffen, Michel Aebischer, Christian Fassnacht, Eray Comert, Fabian Frei, Fabian Schar, Xerdan Shaqiri, Ardon Jashari.
SWITZERLAND (4-2-3-1): Yann Sommer; Silvan Widmer, Manuel Akanji, Nico Elvedi, Ricardo Rodriguez; Remo Freuler, Granit Xhaka; Fabian Rieder, Djibril Sow, Ruben Vargas; Breel Embolo.
BRAZIL SUBS: Weverton, Ederson, Dani Alves, Fabinho, Alex Telles, Bruno Guimaraes, Gabriel Jesus, Antony, Rodrygo, Everton Ribiero, Bremer, Pedro, Gabriel Martinelli.
BRAZIL (4-3-3): Alisson; Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro; Lucas Paqueta, Casemiro, Fred; Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Junior.
Switzerland were also victorious in their opening game, sneaking home with a 1-0 victory over Cameroon. Breel Embolo scored the only goal of the game against the country of his birth, and that leaves these two sides with three points apiece ahead of this clash.
Brazil’s tournament got going in the best way possible against Serbia, as the Selecao triumphed 2-0 in Lusail. An hour-long deadlock was broken by Tottenham striker Richarlison, who scored two goals within 11 minutes of each other. The second strike of his brace was something special, firing an improvised overhead kick into the bottom corner, sealing the victory with this goal of the tournament contender.
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