Fred in for Neymar for Brazil in Swiss World Cup clash


Brazil’s Richarlison in action with Switzerland’s Nico Elvedi. Reuters

Manchester United midfielder Fred replaces injured captain Neymar in one of two changes to the Brazil team for their second World Cup Group G outing against Switzerland at Doha’s Stadium 974 on Monday.

Neymar is sidelined with a sprained ankle suffered in Brazil’s opening 2-0 win over Serbia last Thursday, while right-back Danilo is also ruled out with an ankle injury.

Danilo’s place in the side is taken by Real Madrid’s Eder Militao, who is more often used as a centre-back but is preferred by coach Tite to the 39-year-old Dani Alves in the right-back role.

Fred’s introduction to the team means Lucas Paqueta of West Ham United will play in a more advanced role in support of Richarlison, who scored both goals against Serbia.

The only change to the Swiss team that beat Cameroon 1-0 in their opening game in Qatar sees Young Boys midfielder Fabian Rieder come in for just his second cap with Xherdan Shaqiri making way.

The former Liverpool player is struggling with a thigh problem, according to Swiss media reports.

Whoever wins will secure qualification for the last 16 with a group game to spare after Cameroon and Serbia drew 3-3 earlier.

Starting line-ups:
Brazil (4-2-3-1)
Alisson Becker; Eder Militao, Thiago Silva (capt), Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Fred, Casemiro; Raphinha, Lucas Paqueta, Vinicius Junior; Richarlison
Coach: Tite (BRA)

Switzerland (4-3-1-2)
Yann Sommer; Silvan Widmer, Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez; Fabian Rieder, Remo Freuler, Granit Xhaka (capt); Djibril Sow; Ruben Vargas, Breel Embolo
Coach: Murat Yakin (SUI)

Referee: Ivan Barton (ESA)


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