Brazil v Switzerland player ratings: Casemiro 8, Richarlison 6; Akanji 8, Embolo 5

South Americans seal 1-0 to seal spot in World Cup knockout stages

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Brazil needed a late strike from Casemiro to edge out Switzerland 1-0 on Monday as the five-time winners secured their place in the World Cup last 16 with one game to spare.

The South Americans had been frustrated by an obdurate Swiss side at Doha's Stadium 974 and it looked as if they would have to settle for a point after a Vinicius Junior strike in the second half was disallowed for offside following a VAR check.

But then, with seven minutes remaining, Rodrygo flicked the ball on to Casemiro just inside the box and the Manchester United midfielder's volley flew into the net with the help of a slight but significant deflection off Manuel Akanji.

Tite's side are just the second team to qualify for the last 16 after France and the only side apart from the holders to have won both group matches so far in Qatar.

"The first aim was to qualify. That was really important in a group as difficult as ours," the 30-year-old Casemiro told Brazilian broadcaster Sportv.

"We had to be patient against an experienced side who know how to play the game. It was always going to be decided by little details but we knew we would have plenty of possession and thankfully we managed to get the goal."

In the gallery above, you can see the player ratings from the game at Stadium 974. To move on to the next photo, click on the arrows or swipe if using a mobile device.

Updated: November 29, 2022, 2:34 AM