Brazil Second Team To Qualify For the last 16

Tournament favourites Brazil qualify for the next round with a 1-0 win over Switzerland, in what turns out to be a harsh result for the Swiss.

Both teams were looking for qualification out of the group after just two matches, it had potential to be a highly competitive match.

The reality was far from this, particularly in the first half with neither team making the most out of the chances they did have. The second half started with more tempo and had more chances created, for both sides.

When these two clubs faced each other in this stage last time out it finished 1-1, it was looking likely to be a 0-0.

With Neymar out to injury, Brazil started the first half in a lacklustre manner. They seemed to be missing the spark that usually surrounds their matches.

They had a free kick within the first 3 minutes but didn’t make anything of it, with no Brazil player making contact with it.

The Swiss then had a corner but also failed to maximise on this opportunity. It was easily cleared by the Brazillians.

Brazil looked like they had found their feet in the 15th minute, with Richarlison getting pas the defence but struggling to find Vinícius Júnior. Richarlison was also the man at the helm of the next chance but lost the ball with a heavy first touch.

It seemed like this could’ve been the start for Brazil, but their chances didn’t stay for long before returning back to the flat game it was before.

Ruben Vargas made a good run down the right but struggled to find Breel Embolo, another chance in the game wasted.

Brazil managed to find their energy again in the 26th minute with Vinícius Júnior forcing Yans Sommer to make a save from his curling effort. The resulting corner wasn’t utilised, with scrappy performances in the box and Switzerland eventually clearing.

Vinícius Júnior forced another save from Sommer, giving the Brazil fans something to get excited about.

Towards the end of the half, Brazil were in control but it would have been the players in red who were happier with their performance.

Brazil started the second half by bringing on Rodrygo, in the hopes it can inspire them going forwards and break the deadlock.

It was a messy start to the half with Switzerland’s Fabian Reider receiving a yellow for his tackle on Rodrygo. Which was then swiftly followed by a yellow for Rodrygo.

Switzerland have their best chance so far through Silvan Widmer, which Brazil struggle to clear, but is done so by Vinícius Júnior.

Both sides seemed to have found their tempo during the break and are looking to capitalise on this as they both make attacking changes just before the hour mark.

Vinícius Júnior thinks he deservedly breaks the deadlock with a pass from Caemiro but has it ruled out for an offside in the build up play.

The players in yellow seemed to have found some momentum in the disallowed goal but can’t seem to make anything of their chances.

In hope to convert a chance into a goal, the 5 time World Cup winners make two more attacking changes.

The South American’s were constantly putting the pressure on the the team in red, with chances still not being converted.

They were playing their one-touch football which led them to their first shot of the game.

The club player scored the winner with an outstanding strike in the latter stages of the game. This goal resulted in not only winning them the match but also gifting them progression from the group.

Now that they had got the ball in the net, they were showing no signs of letting up, and hoped to wrap the game up with more goals.

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