Patrick Kelechi, Lagos


DAILY COURIER – Casemiro scored the decisive goal as Brazil defeated Switzerland 1-0 to secure a place in the Round of 16 at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.


Brazil laboured for long periods in the absence of Neymar as Switzerland put up a solid defensive performance in the game.


Vinicius Jnr had looked the most likely to make the breakthrough and saw a second-half strike ruled out by VAR with Richarlison offside earlier in the move.


Casemiro latched onto Rodrygo’s smart flick from Vinicius’ pass seven minutes from time to hand Brazil all three points in the game.


The Selecao will meet the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in their last group game on Friday.


Also, Portugal have sealed a place in the Round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup after defeating Uruguay 2-0 thanks to a Bruno Fernandes’ brace in the second half.


The Europeans had dominated possession before Fernandes’ 54th minute cross floated past Uruguayan goalkeeper Sergio Rochet, who was rooted to the spot as Cristiano Ronaldo rose to head the ball and initially celebrated the goal as his.


Fernandes scored the second in injury time after a penalty was awarded for handball following a video review.


Uruguay, who had knocked Portugal out of the 2018 World Cup, will rue a string of chances on the break: midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur skipped past three players only to see his shot brilliantly saved, Maxi Gomez hit the post and Luis Suarez shot into the side netting.


Portugal’s second win in two games put them top of Group H on six points and heading into the last 16. Uruguay, third on one point, must beat Ghana in their final group game to have a chance of progressing.