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Brazil v Switzerland: World Cup 2022 – live | World Cup 2022


Key events

Switzerland are at the ground, all safe and sound, though it was a hairy ride. The driver of the team bus lost concentration in a traffic queue and pranged the car in front. The car behind then rammed the bus. It all happened in super slow-motion, so thankfully nobody was hurt, but that’s a yellow card for the driver, who also loses his no-claims bonus.

Neymar and Danilo, both out with ankle injuries, are replaced by Fred and Eder Militao in the Brazil starting XI. Fred joins his Manchester United team-mate Casemiro in the middle, with Lucas Paqueta pushed further forward. Calls to use Rodrygo from the get-go have been resisted. Militao will replace Danilo at right back.

Switzerland make one change to the team that started the 1-0 win over Cameroon. Fabian Rieder replaces erstwhile Stoke and Liverpool powercube Xherdan Shaqiri.

The teams

Brazil: Alisson, Eder Militao, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Alex Sandro, Lucas Paqueta, Casemiro, Fred, Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Junior.
Subs: Weverton, Dani Alves, Fabinho, Alex Telles, Bruno Guimaraes, Gabriel Jesus, Antony, Rodrygo, Everton Ribeiro, Ederson, Bremer, Pedro, Martinelli.

Switzerland: Sommer, Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez, Freuler, Xhaka, Vargas, Sow, Rieder, Embolo.
Subs: Fernandes, Zakaria, Seferovic, Steffen, Omlin, Aebischer, Fassnacht, Comert, Frei, Kobel, Schar, Shaqiri, Kohn, Jashari.

Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador).

Preamble

Brazil came to the party late last week and did some Brazil stuff. They’ll be taking nothing for granted today, though. Partly because the talismanic Neymar is missing with an ankle injury, but mainly because Brazil have met Switzerland on two previous occasions at the World Cup, and have yet to register a win. They drew 1-1 four years ago in Russia, and 2-2 back in 1950, a match referenced somewhere in this …

… so it wouldn’t be too much of a shock if the Swiss, coming off the back of a 1-0 win over Cameroon, get something today. The bicycle-kicking Richarlison may have something to say about that, having scored nine in his last seven appearances for Brazil, but then Breel Embolo has three in his last four games for Switzerland, so this could be good fun. Kick off is at 4pm GMT, 7pm at the magnificently titled Stadium 974 in Ras Abu Aboud, Doha. انه يحدث! It’s on!



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