Brazil joined France in the World Cup knockout round on a dramatic day of action in Qatar on Monday as Cristiano Ronaldo bids to guide Portugal into the last 16.
Doha, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 29th Nov, 2022 ) : Brazil joined France in the knockout rounds of the World Cup in a dramatic day of action on Monday in Qatar as Cristiano Ronaldo bids to guide Portugal into the last 16 .
Elsewhere, Cameroon fought back from two goals down to draw 3-3 with Serbia, while Ghana produced a five-goal thriller against Son Heung-min’s South Korea to keep their hopes of progressing alive.
Brazil midfielder Casemiro scored the only goal of the game in the 83rd minute at the 974 Stadium to draw the five-time Group G winners to safety.
The Brazilians, missing the craft of their injured captain Neymar, looked set to settle for a point after Vinicius Junior’s second-half strike was ruled out for offside.
But with seven minutes remaining, Manchester United’s Casemiro volleyed home a small but significant deflection off Manuel Akanji to break the stubborn Swiss’s resistance.
Tite’s side are only the second team to qualify for the round of 16 after France and the only team other than the holders to win both of their group matches so far in Qatar.
“The first goal was to qualify. That was really important in such a difficult group like ours,” 30-year-old Casemiro told Brazilian television SporTV.
Brazil opened their campaign in Qatar with a 2-0 win over Serbia, but Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar limped off with an ankle sprain.
Despite their smooth progress so far, Tite will be desperate to get his talisman back into action for the knockout rounds.
Earlier in the same group, Cameroon dug deep to fight back from 3-1 down.
Rigobert Song’s side looked almost dead and buried after goals from Strahinja Pavlovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Serbia a two-goal cushion early in the second half.
But substitutes Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting equalized with two quick-fire strikes just after the hour mark to leave Cameroon and Serbia on one point with a game to play in the group.
Switzerland have three points ahead of their final group game against Serbia on Friday.
Song’s side must beat Brazil in their final game to have any chance of progressing, but he was bullish on their chances.
“We believe we can do it against Brazil,” he said.
“We didn’t come to the World Cup just to make up the numbers, to participate. We think we can still have a say in the tournament even if we know Brazil is a great team. – Ronaldo’s mission – Ronaldo was in the spotlight even before kicking a ball in Qatar after an explosive interview in which he targeted Manchester United, with whom he has since parted ways.
The Portuguese superstar became the first man to score at five World Cups after converting a controversial penalty in Portugal’s opening 3-2 win over Ghana.
His team will advance to the second round if they beat Uruguay at the Lusail Stadium.
Portugal’s Danilo Pereira has been ruled out of the rest of the group stage after breaking three ribs in training.
Pepe, 39, started in defence, making him the second-oldest player to ever appear in a World Cup match, behind Cameroon great Roger Milla.
Earlier in the same group, Ghana shook off the disappointment of letting a 2-0 lead slip away against South Korea to win a stunning 3-2 match.
Man of the match Mohamed Quddus, 22, one of the hottest properties in world football, grabbed the attention with two goals, including the winner midway through the second half.
“It was emotional, ups and downs,” said Ghana coach Otto Addo, who admitted his side were lucky against the Asian side.
“We got a bit lucky in the end but this is football,” he said. “Against Portugal we were unlucky and now we’re lucky and we’re really really happy that our passionate fight was rewarded.” Ghana were second in Group X, level with Portugal, before the end of the European side’s start. against Uruguay.
Team South America and Korea each had one point.