Brazil have had a strong World Cup so far and wrapped up qualification to the group stages with a game to spare.

Considering the way Belgium and Germany have already crashed out, and how other sides have had to sweat, Brazil’s tournament has been serene by comparison.

They have faced two strong teams in Serbia and Switzerland, and not even conceded a goal so far.

There will be some rotation for their final group game with Cameroon, but Brazil are keen to sign off the group stage with a win, Antony has underlined.

Brazil v Switzerland: Group G - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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Important game for Brazil

Manchester United winger Antony told Bahia Noticias the team will be treating the final fixture seriously.

He said: “Whether you’re qualified or not, it’s an important game.

“I don’t know what the manager’s going to do, but we’re going to face it like a big game. It’s an important game for us.”

Antony, 22, has featured in the first two games as a substitute, and could be in line for a first World Cup start if Tite rotates his squad.

This could give him a platform to force his way into the side. Raphinha has started in his place and has not really done enough to lock down his place for the knockout rounds.

So from an individual perspective, the fixture is important for Antony, but there is also an objective for Brazil to achieve too.

If Brazil lose, and Switzerland beat Serbia and make up the goal difference, then Antony and co could end up facing Portugal in the last 16.

As it stands, Brazil are most likely to face one of Ghana, Uruguay or South Korea – but they have to pick up at least a point against Cameroon to be certain of topping Group G.

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