Brazil and Portugal join France in the round of 16

Brazil and Portugal join France in the round of 16

Brazil qualified without Neymar and Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandez, respectively, on Monday, to the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup, and booked its ticket like France even before the last day of the group stage.

Portugal's victorious match against Uruguay (2-0), after the Seleção qualifiers, was also marked, for the first time since the start of the tournament, by the entry of a man onto the pitch wearing a rainbow flag and a T-shirt supporting Ukraine and the women's cause in Iran.

The man entered at 52H A minute of play on the ground of Lusail Stadium, the largest stadium in the competition, where the final match will be held on December 18. Security officers intercepted him and quietly escorted him off the field. No information about him was immediately available.

On the field, Portugal, led by Bruno Fernandes, who scored the two winning goals, took revenge from the 2018 World Cup, in which Uruguay was eliminated in the round of 16.

With two wins in two matches, Ronaldo's teammates have secured a place in the top 16.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner, 37 and without a club since the turbulent termination of his contract with Manchester United last week against Ghana, became the first player to score in five different World Cups.

He did not find the net on Monday, but his former Mancunian teammate Bruno Fernandes helped him with a central shot (54).H), then a penalty kick at the end of the match.

The Seleção expects a lot from the 28-year-old at a time when Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, is playing less and looks capable of carrying Portugal. His overall performance against Uruguay bodes well for the rest of the competition.

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In the other match in Group H, Ghana defeated South Korea (3-2) after an amazing match.

The second qualifying spot in the group will be contested on Friday, at 4pm, between the other three countries in the group, most likely between Ghana (2H (3 points) and Uruguay (1 point) will face each other, while Portugal will be able to switch its lineup against South Korea (also 1 point).

Neymar is in hospital and Casemiro is on appeal

At the end of the afternoon, Brazil, deprived of Neymar who continues to treat his ankle, confirmed its qualification for the qualifying matches thanks to its victory over Switzerland (1-0).

Success took some time to come until Casemiro, a defensive midfielder often confined to arcane duties, beat the Swiss defense with a volley from the outside of the foot in the 83rd minute.H Minute of play.

“It is a match played on details,” the striker said in statements to the Brazilian channel SporTV. “We knew we would have the ball and thank God we succeeded in scoring. It was a pleasure to score a great goal to help the team.”

Above all, his gesture saved Brazil from the headache of the third trap match against Cameroon.

Neymar will be able to continue treatment, hoping that he will recover in time from the sprain in his right ankle that he suffered during the start of the match against Serbia (2-0). Marquinhos says the Brazilian is “working hard” and hopes to recover for the rest of the competition.

Another Group G card will also be decided on Friday (8pm). Switzerland (3 points) currently has the advantage over its next rival, Serbia (1 point) and Cameroon (1 point), who will face the Brazilians at the same time.

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