In Friday’s World Cup action, Thiago Silva was an unused substitute as Brazil topped Group G, while Denis Zakaria played 25-minutes as Switzerland also advanced to the last-16.

Brazil, who had already qualified for the knockout stages, made plenty of changes to their starting line-up with many household names making way, including our man Thiago Silva.

They needed a point prior to kick-off against Cameroon to guarantee top spot in Group G, while they could also prevail as group winners with defeat providing Switzerland did not win by four goals.

The heavy favourites did start the better side, with Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli forcing a fine save from the African side's goalkeeper early on with a header.

However, despite monopolising possession, Brazil suffered defeat due to a Vincent Aboubakar header in stoppage time, with the striker subsequently getting sent off after taking his shirt off.

Tite’s men did probe for an equaliser and ended up with a tally of 21 shots, testing Devis Epassy seven times, but eventually had to settle for a six-point haul from their three Group G games.

Serbia and Switzerland played out one of the more dramatic ties of the tournament with the latter taking the spoils in a five-goal thriller.

Xherdan Shaqiri put the Swiss ahead in Doha with a well-taken left-footed drive on the 20-minute mark. They needed a point to advance, but started on the front foot as if it was them who needed a victory, not the Serbians.

With the scores tied 2-2 at the halfway point, Switzerland had to rely on Nottingham Forest central midfielder Remo Freuler to put them back ahead.

The Swiss then looked to shut up shop with around half an hour remaining and that is when they turned to Denis Zakaria.

The midfielder, on loan at the Blues from Juventus, came on in defensive midfield to help see the game out and that is the way the fiery contest ended up playing out.

Brazil play South Korea at 7pm on Monday with Thiago Silva expected to captain the Selecao once again, while Switzerland take on Portugal at 7pm on Tuesday.

Earlier on Friday, Ghana suffered heartbreak at the hands of Uruguay for the second time at a World Cup, exiting the tournament after a 2-0 loss. 

Baba had started Ghana’s defeat to Portugal before coming off the bench in their dramatic win over South Korea. He was back in the starting XI today for the showdown with Uruguay that would determine who qualified from Group H.

So much of the pre-match talk had been about Luis Suarez’s handball against Ghana in the two countries’ only previous meeting, 12 years prior. Asamoah Gyan missed the resulting penalty on that fateful night in Johannesburg, and history repeated itself at the Al Janoub Stadium. Andre Ayew, the sole Black Star who featured in 2010, saw his tame penalty saved by Sergio Rochet midway through the first half.

Just as in South Africa, Ghana were punished for their profligacy. Georgian de Arrascaeta, the Flamengo attacking midfielder, scored twice in six minutes either side of the half-hour mark to give Uruguay a commanding advantage.

Less than 60 seconds into the second half, a cross from Baba reached sub Osman Bukari at the far post, but he dragged his shot wide. The same thing happened when Antoine Semenyo had a sight of goal when the ball ricocheted into his path 10 minutes from time. Rochet then made a fine fingertip save to deny Mohammed Kudus after Baba had pinched possession.

With South Korea netting an injury-time winner against Portugal in the group’s other game, Uruguay had to score another to move above the Asian side on goal difference. Ghana still needed two of their own to advance, but in a captivating eight minutes of stoppage time neither could score another, so it is South Korea who go through with Portugal.