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Without Neymar, Brazil takes on Switzerland at World Cup

Brazil’s ahead Richarlison, left, scores the second aim for his group through the World Cup group G soccer match between Brazil and Serbia, on the the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.

  • Brazil's forward Richarlison, left, scores the second goal for his team during the World Cup group G soccer match between Brazil and Serbia, at the the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.
  • Brazil's head coach Tite listens to a question during a press conference on the eve of the group G of World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland, in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022.
  • Brazil's Richarlison,second right, scores the second goal of his team against Serbia during the World Cup group G soccer match between Brazil and Serbia, at the the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.
  • Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during the World Cup group G soccer match between Switzerland and Cameroon, at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — There’s no Neymar dealing with Switzerland on the World Cup on Monday.

Simply Richarlison. And Vinicius Junior. And Raphinha. And Rodrygo. And all the remainder of the star-laden choices in a deep and gifted Brazilian squad missing its most well-known participant.

“Each one is tremendous expert, even the middle backs and goalkeeper,” Switzerland coach Murat Yakin mentioned Sunday, describing the Brazil gamers. “They’re right here to get the title. That’s nearly a should for them.”

Neymar’s ankle damage, suffered in a 2-0 win over hard-tackling Serbia on Thursday, is more likely to preserve the Brazil No. 10 out of motion for the remainder of the Group G video games.

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The highlight was already shining brightly on No. 9 Richarlison after a stellar, scissor-kick shot for his second aim in opposition to the Serbs.

Yakin definitely appreciated what was maybe the standout particular person second of the primary week in Qatar.

“Completely, that’s why we love soccer, why we watch it, to see such targets,” he mentioned in feedback translated from German.

Brazil coach Tite spoke of the completely different routes to aim his group has with out Neymar.

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“Possibly we’ll see a feint or dribble from Vini, possibly we’ll see creativity when ending a play from Richarlison or a header from Pedro,“ he mentioned.

“This can come up as a result of they’ve that creativity,” Tite mentioned. “It’s spectacular how calm they are often to do issues even below all this stress.”

Nonetheless, Switzerland knew how you can cease the Brazil assault when Neymar was taking part in on the 2018 World Cup, which the groups opened by taking part in to a 1-1 draw.

“They’re very troublesome to win in opposition to,” mentioned Marquinhos, now a starter in central protection who watched the 2018 draw from the bench in Russia.

A few of Europe’s finest groups have additionally discovered the Swiss a troublesome out previously 18 months.

Switzerland beat Portugal and Spain within the Nations League this 12 months. Final 12 months, the Swiss eradicated world champion France within the European Championship and superior to Qatar by ending above Euro 2020 winner Italy of their World Cup qualifying group.

“We’ve been challenged by nice groups and we’ve been in a position to rating,” mentioned ahead Xherdan Shaqiri, who’s taking part in in his fourth World Cup, a Swiss document. “If we rating a aim I believe we will utterly change the sport.”

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Shaqiri laid on the cross for Breel Embolo to attain the one aim in a 1-0 win in opposition to Cameroon that opened the group on Thursday. The Swiss did simply sufficient to take the three factors in opposition to its anticipated weakest opponent.

Prime-ranked Brazil should make a second enforced change with Éder Militão or Dani Alves accessible to interchange Danilo, who like Neymar was injured in opposition to Serbia.

Tite mentioned he had selected his lineup however wouldn’t share it forward of Monday night. Serbia faces Cameroon earlier within the day.

Switzerland can be with out Noah Okafor, the Salzburg ahead who has been a popular speedy choice from the bench late in video games.

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AP World Cup protection: https://apnews.com/hub/world-cup and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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