Brazil went into the game knowing that a win would see them qualify for the knockout rounds.
They were without Neymar for the match, though. The Brazilian suffered a foot injury in Brazil’s opening match against Serbia and missed out.
Fred replaced Neymar in the starting lineup, with Lucas Paqueta playing in a move advanced position.
And they struggled badly without their talisman.
Brazil thought they had taken the lead in the second half when Vinicius Jr found the back of the net, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
But they kept pushing forward and Casemiro broke the deadlock in style in the 83rd minute.
Brazil worked their way into the box with some great link-up play and Casemiro finished the move off wih aplomb as his effort rifled into the back of the net via a slight deflection.
It was a brilliant hit and you can view it below…
💥 Casemiro shatters the deadlock!
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) November 28, 2022
That was Casemiro’s first goal at the World Cup and his sixth for Brazil.
It proved to be the winner as Brazil held on to a slender victory.
Brazil have now secured their qualification to the knockout rounds. They become the last 16 to book their place in the last 16 after France.