Brazil were able to capture a 2-0 victory in the nation’s capital at the Estádio Mané Garrincha over Qatar. The two goals of the match were scored by Everton’s Richarlison and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus. This is part of a 2-match international friendly ahead of the Copa América, which starts with Brazil’s match against Bolivia on June 14.
Casemiro played the full match alongside Barcelona’s Arthur in a 4-2-3-1 formation. During play, Casemiro looked quite good. Not too many highlights to write home about, but a defensive-minded midfielder he did his job well.
Brazil fouled quite a bit, Casemiro received a yellow card himself. Casemiro used to play with Fernandinho, but is now partnered with Arthur as previously mentioned. It would’ve been interesting to see a Casemiro-Fabinho partnership, but the Champions League Final prevented this as Fabinho did not make the Copa América squad.
Casemiro and Arthur did a good job of holding their own in the midfield to prevent Qatar from getting any serious pressure. They were also a big part of the reason why Brazil were able to dominate the possession and get their chances and goals against the Qataris.
One of Real’s more recent signings, Éder Militão made a brief appearance as a substitute when he came in for Dani Alves, so he got a look at right back. He came in very late in the match and only got about 10 minutes in play time, so there’s not much to take away from his appearance here.
The most significant part of this match was the ankle injury to Neymar. If there’s anything that may prevent Tite’s Brazil from making a serious run in the Copa, it’s a blow to their biggest player. It’s obviously too early to say how long he will be out with injury if at all.
Casemiro, Militão and Brazil will be back in action this Sunday for their final friendly against Honduras before next week’s Copa América begins.