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Brazil will face Switzerland within the World Cup on Monday with out their talisman Neymar, dominated out by an ankle damage suffered of their opening 2-0 win towards Serbia on Thursday, however midfielder Casemiro thinks they’ve a bunch of younger expertise to step in for him.

“We might spend a number of days speaking about Neymar, the participant he’s, his qualities and the way essential he’s for our group. It is unavoidable, he’s our greatest participant, the distinction maker in our group,” Casemiro instructed a information convention on Saturday.

“Nevertheless, we’ve got different gamers which were performing in the identical degree like Vinicius Jr, Raphinha, Richarlison, Gabriel Jesus…

“We, those that play within the again finish, usually joke that we really feel sorry for our rivals as a result of we will substitute Raphinha for Antony, Richalison for Gabriel Jesus. We’ve got Rodrygo, Gabriel Martinelli.

“We’ve got a big selection of choices (on the bench). It is nice for us. But it surely doesn’t change the truth that Neymar is our greatest participant.”

The World Cup favourites skilled behind closed doorways on the Al Arabi Stadium forward of their Group G second recreation towards Switzerland.

Elsewhere on Monday, Cameroon and Serbia each look to safe their first factors of the match – with the losers eradicated – whereas Cristiano Ronaldo is again in motion later within the night with Portugal in a position to verify their place within the spherical of 16 with a win over Uruguay.

World Cup fixtures – November 27

  • Cameroon vs Serbia – Group G, kick-off 10am
  • South Korea vs Ghana Group H, kick-off 1pm
  • Brazil vs Switzerland – Group G, kick-off 4pm
  • Portugal vs Uruguay – Group H, kick-off 7pm

Shaqiri: We have got extra expertise this time

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Breel Embolo displayed a muted celebration after scoring

Midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri mentioned on Sunday that Switzerland had been going into their World Cup group-stage match towards Brazil with extra expertise and poise than they did once they drew with the Brazilians on the 2018 World Cup.

Monday’s Group G match in Qatar would be the third time that Switzerland have performed Brazil on the World Cup. The groups final met within the group stage of the 2018 match in Russia, the place they drew 1-1.

Shaqiri, who has represented Switzerland in 4 consecutive World Cups, mentioned the Swiss felt able to getting a greater consequence towards Brazil this time.

“That was a optimistic consequence,” Shaqiri mentioned of the 2018 draw. “We’re conscious of what we will do and I feel we’ve got made progress. We’ve got extra expertise and have been challenged by better groups since.”

Tite: Neymar and Danilo will play once more

Tite is optimistic about Neymar’s restoration from his damage and that he could have his talisman again in time to assist them win a record-extending sixth World Cup title.

“I consider that Neymar and Danilo will play once more within the World Cup,” mentioned on Sunday.

“Medically, clinically, I’ve no place to talk. However I do have our physician’s opinion, the sensations speaking to the gamers and seeing how arduous they’re working day and night time to recuperate.

“I consider we will rely on them within the World Cup once more.”

Switzerland have reached the knockout stage in three of their final 4 World Cups however crashed out on the group stage in 2010. Brazil, unbeaten in qualifying for Qatar, have received the World Cup 5 occasions and are favourites to win a record-extending sixth title.

Murat Yakin, Switzerland’s supervisor, mentioned Neymar’s absence from the Brazilian line-up attributable to an ankle damage had no influence on the Swiss preparation or techniques.

“I feel that group has sufficient wonderful gamers to construct three groups,” Yakin mentioned of Switzerland’s opponents. “The problem shouldn’t be going to get simpler for us.”

Switzerland edged Cameroon 1-0 of their opening match, and a win towards Brazil would see them via to the spherical of 16 if Serbia fail to win towards Cameroon on Monday.

Shaqiri mentioned Switzerland couldn’t afford to squander any scoring alternatives in the event that they wished to have an opportunity of defeating the mighty Brazilians.

“If you do not get a number of alternatives, you really want to benefit from them,” he mentioned. “That is what we wish to do tomorrow.”

South Korea calm forward of Ghana match

Son Heung-min reacts after a missed opportunity in South Korea's World Cup opener versus Uruguay
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Heung-Min Son reacts after a missed alternative in South Korea’s World Cup opener towards Uruguay

South Korea head coach Paulo Bento mentioned he’s beneath no stress for Monday’s World Cup Group H match towards Ghana, the place each groups want a victory after dropping factors within the first recreation.

South Korea performed out a gritty 0-0 draw with Uruguay however had been poor within the ultimate third and Ghana misplaced 3-2 to Portugal.

The Koreans are tied with Uruguay on one level, behind Portugal on three. Ghana prop up the standings and one other defeat would knock them out of the World Cup.

“I mentioned earlier I don’t really feel any stress, I by no means did and by no means will,” Portuguese Bento instructed reporters on Sunday.

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The German-born Ghanaian coach Otto Addo was in control of the Below-19s at Hamburg SV when South Korea’s Heung-Min Son arrived on the membership aged 16 in 2009 and {the teenager} made a rapid impression.

“Through the first recreation, we had an opportunity of a minimum of making certain a third-place end. Within the second recreation, we’ll preserve this chance… we’ll enter the sphere with a give attention to a win.

“I do not really feel any stress by any means. I’d love the gamers to really feel the way in which I do, however I do know they arrive from a distinct tradition… We could have a troublesome recreation however we’re in a position to do effectively.”

After a depressing exhibiting on the Cup of Nations this yr, once they had been dumped out within the group stage with just one level, Ghana are hoping for a greater efficiency in Qatar.

“We’ve got nice and utmost respect for a terrific group in Ghana and the gamers who compete at a really excessive degree,” Bento mentioned of Otto Addo’s facet.

“For our technique, we’ve got to attempt to be ourselves. We’re very effectively conscious of the abilities and the way good Ghana are, this shall be a match the place in some moments we could have the capability to manage the sport.

“They’ve expert gamers from a technical standpoint and they’re additionally very fast in assault. We wish to management the sport, and likewise the moments when they’re in assault.”

The Ronaldo Present wheels again into city

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Manchester United and Brazil midfielder Casemiro sends his finest needs to Cristiano Ronaldo after his departure from Previous Trafford

Portugal might qualify early for the subsequent part of the World Cup with a recreation remaining in the event that they beat Uruguay on Monday, a process most likely a lot simpler mentioned than performed.

Uruguay have the World Cup edge in profitable the match twice, albeit a couple of generations in the past, and are greater than aware of Portugal, having knocked them out of the competition in 2018 within the spherical of 16.

Though Cristiano Ronaldo stole the present on Thursday, setting a document by scoring in his fifth World Cup in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana, his group lacked inspiration and have a lot to do to shake off a dismal run of World Cup type since reaching the semi-finals in 2006.

Uruguay, whereas failing to attain any targets and even document any photographs heading in the right direction of their opener towards a gritty South Korea on Thursday, had been composed, organised and like a group able to one other deep World Cup run, with veterans and neophytes combining seamlessly and transferring the ball with confidence.

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All 5 targets of Portugal’s opening recreation got here in a frenetic ultimate 25 minutes likened by coach Fernando Santos to a storm. He mentioned he’s untroubled going into the Uruguay match as a result of he is aware of what wants fixing.

“It is nothing I am anxious about as a result of I do know that my gamers can do higher than that, however that is soccer,” he mentioned. “I’m completely assured that they will carry out significantly better than this.”

Portugal, with a behavior of taking place to the wire within the World Cup group levels, could wish to keep away from that this time with a ultimate match towards South Korea, the group that ended Germany’s title defence in 2018.

Equally, Uruguay will wish to keep away from defeat towards Portugal so their destiny can stay in their very own palms of their ultimate match towards Ghana.

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Uruguay have seemed good since Diego Alonso took over late final yr and turned issues round in qualifying. He has each participant obtainable in his squad, besides Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo, who’s recovering from thigh surgical procedure.

Alonso’s defence seemed sturdy towards South Korea and he’s blessed with loads of attacking choices via Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani – regardless of their age – and Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez and Manchester United’s Facundo Pellistri, who seemed harmful on their World Cup debuts.

Alonso expects a troublesome recreation on Monday and for the group to be determined within the ultimate match.

“Clearly the second recreation is vital as is the third,” he mentioned. “Whether or not we qualify or not will depend on us.”

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Michael McCubbin of Euro Soccer Day by day discusses simply how essential Richarlison and his targets are to Brazil for his or her World Cup probabilities

5-time world champions Brazil might be with out midfielder Lucas Paqueta for his or her subsequent World Cup Group G recreation towards Switzerland.

Brazil had been already set to overlook their talisman Neymar and dependable full-back Danilo, each dominated out by ankle accidents suffered of their opening 2-0 win over Serbia.

Coach Tite gave no clue about group choice in his information convention on Sunday. However Paqueta was unable to coach totally, affecting Tite’s plans to compensate for Neymar’s absence towards the Swiss.

Actual Madrid prodigy Rodrygo can be the primary possibility if Tite decides to make use of the identical system with 4 up-front alongside Vinicius, Richarlison and Raphinha.

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YouTuber James Allcott says that this match is ‘big’ for Brazilian ahead Neymar and suggests the PSG playmaker must win the World Cup to higher his legacy.

The versatile 21-year-old ahead performed in Neymar’s place in three observe video games in Turin earlier than the World Cup.

However the possibility of pairing Fred together with his Manchester United team-mate Casemiro to strengthen the midfield can also be very a lot in play, pushing Paqueta ahead right into a playmaking position if he recovers in time.

Actual Madrid’s versatile centre-back Eder Militao is more likely to substitute Danilo. The 24-year-old performed as a full-back of their pleasant towards Ghana in September and would add the solidity wanted to stability the ultra-offensive techniques Tite is deploying.

Another choice can be 39-year-old veteran Dani Alves, the one proper again obtainable within the squad.

South Korea defender Kim Min-jae is uncertain after struggling a calf damage within the final recreation, whereas ahead Hwang Hee-chan is unavailable to face Ghana due to a hamstring damage after he was an unused substitute towards Uruguay.

Son just lately returned from surgical procedure to stabilise a fracture round his eye and performed in a black protecting masks on Thursday, spearheading the South Korean assault which didn’t have a lot influence as that they had six makes an attempt at objective however none heading in the right direction.

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Cameroon vs Serbia

  • That is the primary assembly between Cameroon and Serbia in all competitions since a 4-3 pleasant win for the Serbs in June 2010.
  • Serbia have misplaced each of their FIFA World Cup video games as an unbiased nation towards African sides, doing so towards Côte d’Ivoire in 2006 (2-3) and Ghana in 2010 (0-1).
  • Cameroon have now misplaced every of their final eight matches on the World Cup, with these defeats coming throughout 4 tournaments (2002, 2010, 2014 and 2022). Defeat right here would equal the longest ever shedding run by a nation on the World Cup, set by Mexico between 1930 and 1958 (9 in a row).
  • Serbia have misplaced eight of their 10 World Cup video games as an unbiased nation (80%), the very best loss share of any facet to have performed a minimum of 10 video games within the competitors.
Switzerland's Breel Embolo (left) is challenged by Cameroon's Jean-Charles Castelletto (centre) and Tolo Nouhou during the World Cup Group G match
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Switzerland’s Breel Embolo (left) is challenged by Cameroon’s Jean-Charles Castelletto (centre) and Tolo Nouhou through the World Cup Group G match

South Korea vs Ghana

  • That is the primary assembly between Korea Republic and Ghana since a pleasant in June 2014, with Jordan Ayew netting a hat-trick in a 4-0 win for the Black Stars.
  • Korea Republic have scored precisely twice in every of their three FIFA World Cup conferences with African nations, beating Togo 2-1 in 2006, drawing 2-2 with Nigeria in 2010, and shedding 4-2 to Algeria in 2014.
  • Following their 2-0 win towards Germany in 2018, and their 0-0 draw with Uruguay on MD1 this yr, Korea Republic have saved a clear sheet in consecutive World Cup video games for the primary time. Their earlier two shutouts within the competitors came visiting a interval of 16 video games between 2002 and 2018.
  • Ghana are winless of their final 5 matches on the World Cup (D2 L3). Defeat right here would see them exit within the group levels in consecutive appearances on the competitors (additionally 2014), having reached the knockout rounds in each of their first two (2006 and 2010).

Brazil vs Switzerland

  • Each earlier conferences between Brazil and Switzerland on the FIFA World Cup have led to a draw (2-2 in 1950, 1-1 in 2018). No facet have Brazil confronted extra on the competitors with out ever profitable than the Swiss (additionally two vs Portugal and Hungary).
  • Switzerland have received two of their final 4 conferences with Brazil in all competitions (D1 L1), having did not win any of their first 5 (D3 L2). The Swiss have scored precisely as soon as in every of their final six towards Brazil.
  • Switzerland have received simply one among their eight FIFA World Cup video games towards South American sides (D2 L5), beating Ecuador 2-1 in 2014 in Brasilia.
  • Brazil are unbeaten of their final 16 group stage video games on the World Cup – no facet has ever gone 17 with out defeat within the group levels of the competitors earlier than (together with ultimate and second group rounds in earlier editions).

Portugal vs Uruguay

  • That is the second FIFA World Cup assembly between Portugal and Uruguay, with the South Individuals eliminating Portugal within the second spherical of the 2018 version in Russia.
  • Uruguay have received 4 of their final 5 FIFA World Cup matches towards European nations (together with a 2-1 victory over Portugal), although did lose to France of their final such match. The Sky Blue had received simply two of their earlier 25 such matches earlier than this run (D8 L15).
  • Portugal have received simply one among their final 9 conferences with South American nations in all competitions (D3 L5), beating Argentina 1-0 in a pleasant in November 2014.
  • Following their 3-2 win towards Ghana, Portugal need to win their opening two group video games for the third time on the World Cup. They beforehand did so in 1966 and 2006, finally reaching the semi-finals in each of these editions.

Elsewhere on the World Cup

Iran boss Carlos Quieroz has responded strongly
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Iran boss Carlos Queiroz has responded strongly

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz lambasted Jurgen Klinsmann for criticising his group’s World Cup conduct, calling his remarks a “shame to soccer” and urging him to stop his FIFA submit, as Iran’s soccer federation demanded an apology.

In feedback as an analyst with broadcaster BBC, Germany’s 1990 World Cup winner Klinsmann accused Iran of systematic gamesmanship throughout their gorgeous 2-0 stoppage-time win over Wales on Friday and mentioned Queiroz’s document with different nationwide groups made him the correct match for Iran.

“That is their tradition and that is their approach of doing it and that is why Carlos Queiroz, he suits very well within the Iranian nationwide group,” Klinsmann mentioned throughout an evaluation of Friday’s match.

Jurgen Klinsmann criticised Iran's gamesmanship
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Jurgen Klinsmann criticised Iran’s gamesmanship

“This isn’t by coincidence, that is all purposely. That is simply a part of their tradition, that is how they play it they usually work the referee… consistently of their ears, they’re consistently in your face on the sphere.”

Iran play the US in a decisive Group B match on Tuesday and have an opportunity to achieve the final 16 for the primary time.

Queiroz, 69, who has been a coach with Actual Madrid, Portugal and Manchester United and is in his second stint as Iran boss, mentioned nobody might harm the integrity of his group.

“You query my character with a typical prejudiced judgment of superiority,” he mentioned in an open message to Klinsmann, in remarks shared by the Iran group.

“Regardless of how a lot I can respect what you probably did contained in the pitch, these remarks about Iran tradition, Iran nationwide group and my gamers are a shame to soccer.”

Klinsmann, chatting with the BBC on Sunday, mentioned his feedback had been taken out of context and he would discuss to Queiroz and “calm issues down”.

“I’ve by no means criticised Carlos or the Iranian bench,” he mentioned.

“All I described was their emotional approach of doing issues, which is definitely admirable in a sure approach. The entire bench lives the sport.

“They’re leaping up and down and Carlos is a really emotional coach, he is consistently on the sidelines making an attempt to provide his gamers all his vitality and course.”

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