Brazil forward Neymar was forced to miss his side’s World Cup win over Switzerland due to an injury sustained in their group opener against Serbia.

The Selecao won without him, and Neymar could only watch on as Casemiro scored the winning goal to lead Brazil to a 1-0 win.

Casemiro’s decisive goal had Brazil legends Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo applauding.

Neymar joined them, using Twitter to hail Casemiro as the best midfielder in the world.

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Few would argue with Neymar’s assessment. Casemiro is right up there with the very best midfielders in the world, and he has proven it for club and country over recent years.

Manchester United are lucky to have him, pulling off a shrewd deal to sign him from Real Madrid in the summer.

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Antony also hails Casemiro

Casemiro’s Brazil and Manchester United teammate Antony also made a point of congratulating the midfielder on his wonderstrike.

Casemiro’s goal was just the latest example in which he showed he is far more than just a defensive midfielder. He can contribute in attack too.

From a defensive standpoint, he has been immaculate over the past two games, Brazil have kept two clean sheets and have not even allowed a shot on goal.

Already into the last 16, Casemiro could get a well-deserved rest in the final group match against Cameroon.

Considering the injury to Neymar, it would make sense for manager Tite to give Casemiro a break for the knockout rounds.

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