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Brazil beats Switzerland and qualifies for the knockout stage of the World Cup

Brazil joins France as the only team to win their first two games.

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In a game marked by the strong and well-organized Swiss defense, Brazilians were still able to celebrate as Casemiro’s outside-of-the-foot shot guaranteed Brazil a place in the knockout phase of the competition.  

As expected, Switzerland entered the game with a well-posted defensive system. The strategy was never to play a beautiful game, but to stop the strong Brazilian attack. 

Even though the Swiss didn’t at any point present themselves as a threat to Brazil, the five-time World Cup champions didn’t do much in the first half and the game was pretty slow. 

Brazil didn’t have Neymar, recovering from an ankle injury, so Tite decided to start with Fred, the Manchester United midfielder. However, after the first 45 minutes, it was clear that something needed to change for a breakthrough to happen. 

In the second half, Vinicius Jr. scored for Brazil, but the buildup of the goal was offside. When Rodrygo and Bruno Guimarães entered, the game changed for the South Americans — the team got faster and closer to the Swiss penalty box. Casemiro finally ended the Brazilian wait for a goal at minute 82. 

The game ended 1-0 for the most famous yellow jersey team, and guaranteed them a spot in the round of 16.  

Earlier today for Group G, Serbia and Cameron tied 3-3. Both still have a chance to qualify for the next phase of the World Cup. 

In the last round of the group stage, Brazil will play Cameron to guarantee first place in the group and Switzerland will need to beat Serbia to qualify for the last 16.  

The first two of Group G will play the next phase against the first two of Group H — Ghana, Korea, Portugal and Uruguay. 

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