Casemiro secures last-16 ticket for Brazil with a stunning strike

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Brazil have secured passage into the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup after defeating Switzerland 1-0.

All thanks to a stunning strike from their midfield anchor, Casemiro.

The solitary strike from the Manchester United midfielder, a sensational volley, left goalkeeper Yann Sommer standing.
The otherwise drab encounter won’t be worth talking points if not for this solitary strike.

Casemiro, who has shown for the five-time champions in the tournament, brought life to the game seven minutes from time as he fired a first-time effort into the far corner, leaving.

Now that Brazil have backed up their opening victory over Serbia to top the group with maximum points, they only need a point against Cameroon to be guaranteed the top spot.

The African side, however, needs to defeat Selecao to have a chance of progressing to the knockout stage after a lively six-goal thriller against Serbia.

VAR had cancelled out Brazil’s earlier goal after the hour mark when Vinicius Jr kept his composure to coolly stroke in. The goal was ruled out for offside.

With a plan of hitting Brazil on the counter or probably securing a point from the game, Switzerland had sat compact for much of the game and offered no attacking threat. This became conspicuous as the Swiss failed to get a shot on target in the contest.

Murat Yakin’s side were on the brink of escaping with a point. Still, Casemiro’s moment of inspiration had Brazilian fans bouncing inside Stadium 974 as it looked like a match that would end goalies as most of it looked drab.

Casemiro has proved himself again after he was described before the game as Brazil’s “invisible man” by Gilberto Silva – part of their last World Cup-winning side of 2002

Doing the dirty job and getting an important goal has made him one of the most consistent performers in the role since he made his debut.

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