Brazil beat Switzerland 1-0 to reach World Cup last 16 - GulfToday

Brazil beat Switzerland 1-0 to reach World Cup last 16

Brazil's Richarlison in action with Switzerland's Nico Elvedi. Reuters

Brazil reached the knockout stages of the World Cup on Monday after beating Switzerland 1-0.

Casemiro made sure Group G leaders Brazil qualified for the last 16 with a game to spare by netting the only goal of the match in the 83rd minute at Stadium 974.

Neymar is sidelined with a sprained ankle suffered in Brazil's opening 2-0 win over Serbia last Thursday, while right-back Danilo is also ruled out with an ankle injury.

Danilo's place in the side is taken by Real Madrid's Eder Militao, who is more often used as a centre-back but is preferred by coach Tite to the 39-year-old Dani Alves in the right-back role.

Fred's introduction to the team means Lucas Paqueta of West Ham United will play in a more advanced role in support of Richarlison, who scored both goals against Serbia.

The only change to the Swiss team that beat Cameroon 1-0 in their opening game in Qatar sees Young Boys midfielder Fabian Rieder come in for just his second cap with Xherdan Shaqiri making way.

The former Liverpool player is struggling with a thigh problem, according to Swiss media reports.

Whoever wins will secure qualification for the last 16 with a group game to spare after Cameroon and Serbia drew 3-3 earlier.

Starting line-ups:
Brazil (4-2-3-1)
Alisson Becker; Eder Militao, Thiago Silva (capt), Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Fred, Casemiro; Raphinha, Lucas Paqueta, Vinicius Junior; Richarlison
Coach: Tite (BRA)

Switzerland (4-3-1-2)
Yann Sommer; Silvan Widmer, Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez; Fabian Rieder, Remo Freuler, Granit Xhaka (capt); Djibril Sow; Ruben Vargas, Breel Embolo
Coach: Murat Yakin (SUI)

Referee: Ivan Barton (ESA)