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A chaotic end to the group stage sends Brazil and Switzerland into the round of 16.

The chaos that ruled the first three days of the World Cup group stage finals did not bypass Group G on Friday but played out on the periphery of both of its matches, rushing to wreak havoc through torrents and jolts before leaving as quickly as it arrived. .

As the Brazilian reserves took on Cameroon, Serbia and Switzerland battled for the last qualifying spot in the group. This game included a paroxysm of goals – five in 30 minutes – and then a sterile streak that challenged both teams, one more than the other.

In the end, Switzerland prevailed 3-2 and qualified for the knockout stage, where they will face Group H winners Portugal on Tuesday. The Swiss overcame a first-half deficit behind Breel Embolo’s equalizer just before half-time and then a decisive 48th-minute strike from Remo Freuler.

As Serbia regretted their missed opportunity – their next round of 16 appearance as an independent nation will be their first – the Swiss celebrated a third consecutive trip to the round of 16. They have become a regular presence there, but not as much as in Brazil, which tends to send mail there every four years.

His match against Cameroon came close to the anticlimax. Already qualified, Brazil would take the lead in Group G except for some crazy sleight of hand, which was not totally excluded. So his manager, Tite, rested nine starters – from Richarlison to Thiago Silva, Casemiro to Vinicius Junior – and played just two regulars, Fred and Eder Militao. It was not a punitive measure; Tite admitted that with a quick turnaround ahead of Brazil’s next match, he wanted a nearly full squad available against South Korea on Monday.

Brazil got the majority of the chances, and they dominated possession, but they also lacked some precision in the attacking third. He tried to score, and he failed, deflected by dazzling Cameroon goalkeeper Devis Epassi, who was everywhere he needed to be and nowhere he wasn’t.

To qualify, the Indomitable Lions needed more help than they could have reasonably expected, and yet that help almost arrived: Vincent Aboubakar guided the decisive goal into stoppage time second half, giving the advantage to Cameroon, 1-0, for the unique and ultimate time. But another goal was needed, which Aboubakar apparently did not achieve. He ripped off his shirt in celebration, earning an automatic yellow card – his second – and was sent off.

By ending Brazil’s 17-game unbeaten streak in the World Cup group stage, the Indomitable Lions became the first team to register a shot on target against them at this World Cup, and also the first to score. They also became the first African team to beat Brazil at a World Cup.

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