‘That was an elite striker’s finish’: Fans praise Casemiro as his superb volley wins Brazil against Switzerland, with the South American giants making their best start to a World Cup since 2002
Fans have been cheering Brazilian midfielder Casemiro after his stellar strike against Switzerland on Monday night.
The South American giants secured their place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a hard-fought win at Stadium 974.
Casemiro scored the only goal of the game with an evasive half-volley that took a slight deflection seven minutes from time.
Casemiro’s beautiful volley in the 83rd minute proved to make the difference against Switzerland
Neymar, who missed the match due to an ankle injury sustained in the victory over Serbia, praised his teammate. He tweeted: ‘Casemiro has been the best midfielder in the world for a long time’. The talisman striker was sorely missed in the game and Brazil looks to need him if they want to win the World Cup.
Fans have also taken to social media to praise the 30-year-old, with some claiming he is one of Brazil’s best players.
One fan was impressed with Casemiro’s volley technique, posting: ‘I hope this is enough technical skill for the doubters. Casemiro is next to Neymar the best player in Brazil.’
A second fan even said that the Brazilian is the best defensive midfielder in the world. He wrote: ‘Casemiro is the best DM in the world, if you say anything else you are delusional.’
Fans have also taken to social media to praise the Manchester United star following his goal
A third fan echoed similar views saying, “Casemiro isn’t just a typical ‘destroyer’ or a ‘ball winner’ – he’s so much more and is undoubtedly a world-class midfielder. His technical qualities are so underestimated.’
“That was the finish of an elite striker from Casemiro, first hit out of nowhere,” a fourth fan tweeted.
ITV pundit Karen Carney described the goals as a ‘wonder strike’, despite a slight deflection from defender Manuel Akanji on his way to the net.
Brazil has now made its best start to a World Cup since 2002, the last time it won it
She said, “It was really (a special purpose) that was there. There was a slight deflection, but I’ll go to the Brazilian and say it was a wonderful attack.’
The victory over Switzerland ensured Brazil’s best start to a World Cup since 2002 – when they last won the tournament.
Guaranteed a place in the knockout stages, Tite’s side will look to take three of their three wins when they return to action against Cameroon on Friday night.