Brazil vs. Switzerland match preview for the 2022 World Cup


Who: Switzerland vs. Brazil, Group G

Location: Stadium 974

Monday at 7 p.m. (16:00 GMT)

Brazil is ranked first in the Fifa world rankings, while Switzerland is ranked fifteenth.

Brazil will play against a well-prepared Switzerland team hoping to secure their spot in the round of 16 after defeating Serbia 2-0 in their opening match.

They won’t have their star player Neymar, who sustained an ankle injury during Brazil’s opening match and will miss the next two contests.

Richarlison made an impression against Serbia, scoring twice in the second half to bring his total for Brazil scoring to nine goals in seven appearances. It’s possible that his second point, a breathtakingly acrobatic right-footed volley, is the best goal of the competition so far.

Serbia’s first-half defensive effort, which kept Brazil at bay and necessitated a single moment of individual brilliance to break the tie, will undoubtedly inspire Switzerland.

In contrast to a lackluster Serbia, which failed to provide any genuine moments of excitement, Brazil, which is ranked first in the world, lacked any true flare and inventiveness.

Switzerland has proved challenging to defeat in recent years because of their diligence and dedication. At Euro 2020, they famously eliminated France, leaving the reigning world champions quarreling as they left the competition.

Switzerland won the opening match against Cameroon here in Qatar, 1-0. After receiving a perfect cross-field ball from former Liverpool and Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri, Breel Embolo scored the game’s lone goal.

Brazil are the favorites in this match, but without Neymar’s inventiveness, they might find it difficult to defeat a Swiss team that has a strong defense and some impressive recent results, including victories over Spain and Portugal.

Brazil’s Danilo will also miss the game due to an injury. Dani Alves, 39, is expected to take his place at right back. Fred from Manchester United will probably be added to the team to provide some defensive cover.

If Brazil defeats Switzerland, they might make history. They have not lost in any of their previous 16 World Cup group-stage contests; their most recent defeat was against Norway in the 1998 opening round. No team has ever finished the group stage without losing all 17 games.

Both of the two teams’ previous World Cup meetings—in 1950 and 2018—ended in draws. Brazil or Switzerland will automatically advance to the next round if they manage to break that trend on Monday.

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