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Brazil Secure Round Of 16 Place After Narrow Win Over Switzerland

Brazil have booked their place in the knockout stages of the 2022 World Cup after a tight 1-0 win over Switzerland.

The 5 time World Cup winners made 2 changes to the side that beat Serbia 2-0 on Thursday. Eder Militao took Danilo’s place at right back, and Fred replaced the injured Neymar.

Switzerland only made one change from their opening day win against Serbia, as former Liverpool and Stoke winner Xherdan Shaqiri dropped to the bench, with Fabian Rieder taking his place.

Brazil had the first big chance of the game, as Raphinha picked out Vinicius Jr at the back post, but the Real Madrid winger's effort was parried away by Sommer.

After an uneventful first half, Brazil manager Tete went for a more attacking approach in the second half. West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta was replaced by Real Madrid winger Rodrygo ahead of the second half.

This decision looked like it paid off, as Vinicius Jr was played in on goal and finished past the goalkeeper, but it was ruled out due to an offside in the buildup.

With 10 minutes remaining, we finally got the breakthrough. Rodrygo flicked the ball into the box, and Casemiro hit it on the half volley into the far corner to give Brazil the lead.

That narrow 1-0 win means that Brazil have secured their Round of 16 place, and Switzerland must avoid a loss against Serbia on the final day.

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