World Cup: Portugal Beats Uruguay, Brazil Squeezes Past Switzerland

By Chidi Nwoke, Abuja.

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A double from Bruno Fernandes ensured Portugal’s passage into the knockout stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, after beating Uruguay 2-0, while Casemiro’s lone strike was enough to see Brazil progress from Group G after a 1-0 victory against Switzerland.

Portugal dominated possession the first half yet failed to create chances. Uruguay almost scored in the half through Rodrigo Bentancur, but was denied by goalkeeper Diogo Costa. The first half finished 0-0.

In the 54th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had scored a second-half header. However, the striker did not get a touch to Fernandes’ cross which ended up in the back of the net.

Portugal Midfielder Bruno Fernandes celebrates goal with teammates

Uruguay almost equalised when substitute Maxi Gomez struck the post just seconds after coming, before a penalty was awarded to Portugal when defender Jose Gimenez looked to handle the ball in his box.

The referee awarded a penalty after a VAR review and Fernandes stepped up, calmly placing the ball beyond the reach of Uruguay goalkeeper Sergio Rochet Alvares.

Portugal Midfielder Bruno Fernandes scores penalty goal against Uruguay.

The match finished 2-0 in favour of Portugal, who progressed to the knockout stages after picking up two wins in Group H.

Portugal tops the group with six (6) points, while Ghana are in second place with three (3) point. South Korea and Uruguay have one (1) point each.

Brazil 1-0 Switzerland

Brazil midfielder Casemiro celebrates goal against Switzerland.

Brazil secured a place in the knockout stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, by squeezing past Switzerland after a narrow 1-0 win, courtesy of a goal from midfielder Casemiro, at Stadium 974 in the city of Doha, Qatar.

The match looked to be heading for another goalless draw. However, a moment of magic from Casemiro was enough to separate both sides.

A pass from substitute Rodrygo found Casemiro, who used the perfect technique with the outside of his foot and fired the ball past goalkeeper Yann Sommer to give his side the lead

Brazil midfielder Casemiro scores goal against Switzerland.

Casemiro’s spectacular 83rd winner sent Brazil through in Group H with a game to spare.

Brazil tops the group with six (6) points from 2 games, while Switzerland remains in second place on three (3) points. Both Cameroon and Serbia are level on one (1) point.

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