Live updates: Pre-match briefing for Brazil vs. Switzerland

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Without their star player, Brazil takes against Switzerland in an effort to secure a spot in the round of 16.

Brazil and Switzerland each have three points after winning their opening games in the competition. The Swiss squad defeated Cameroon 1-0, while Brazil defeated Serbia 2-0. Richarlison is the focus of attention today after scoring perhaps the biggest goal of the tournament thus far against Serbia.

Potential lineups:

Alisson (GK), Eder Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro, Fred, Rodrygo, Raphinha, Richarlison, and Vinicius Junior are the players for Brazil in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Switzerland: (4-2-3-1) (4-2-3-1) Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez, Freuler, Xhaka, Sow, Shaqiri, Embolo, and Vargas make up Sommer’s goalkeeping staff.

Key figures:

* Brazil has won the World Cup five times and is the favorite to win a record-extending sixth time after going undefeated in qualifying for Qatar.

* In three of their last four World Cups — in 2006, 2014, and 2018 — Switzerland made it to the round of 16, but they were eliminated in the group stage in 2010.

Brazil has participated in every World Cup since 1930, although they haven’t advanced to the championship game since they last won it in 2002.

* Switzerland won their group, which also included the defending European champions Italy, going undefeated in qualifying.

History:

* Brazil and Switzerland will face one another for the third time during the World Cup on Monday.

* The teams last faced off in Russia’s World Cup group stage, where they were tied 1-1. At the 1950 World Cup, they also drew 2-2.

Brazil has a 9-0 record against Switzerland, including 3 victories, 4 ties, and 2 defeats.

 




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