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Casemiro's late goal earned Brazil a 1-0 win over Switzerland and a berth in last 16 of the World Cup.

DOHA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Casemiro struck late as Brazil secured a berth in the World Cup knockout phase with a 1-0 win over Switzerland in their Group G match here on Monday.

The Manchester United midfielder put the five-time world champions ahead in the 83rd minute when his first-time shot deflected in off Manuel Akanji following Rodrygo's flicked pass.

Brazil have now won their past nine matches and will progress to the last 16 of football's showpiece tournament irrespective of the result of their final group game against Cameroon on Friday. Switzerland must defeat Serbia to guarantee their place in the next round in Qatar.

Tite's men have not been beaten in their past 17 outings dating back to the 2021 Copa America final, which they lost to Argentina.

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Paqueta troubled Switzerland's defense with his quick passing and clever runs. The West Ham playmaker combined with Richarlison again with a low cross from the left but the Tottenham forward just failed to make contact with his right foot at the near post.

Brazil's best chance of the first half came in the 27th minute when Raphinha floated a cross over Switzerland's defense to the overlapping Vinicius. The Real Madrid forward timed his run to perfection at the back post but could only manage to shank his effort over the bar.

Raphinha then sent a long-range attempt straight at goalkeeper Yann Sommer after a quick exchange with Militao.

Switzerland rarely advanced into the final third but they forced Brazil's defense into action in the 39th minute when Ruben Vargas turned Marquinhos inside out before being dispossessed by Thiago Silva.

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