Switzerland hold five-time champs Brazil to 1-1 draw in opener

Joann Johnston
June 18, 2018

For his part, Miranda also indicated Brazil ought to move on from the incident, with games against Costa Rica and Serbia to come.

It took Coutinho just 20 minutes to announce his arrival at the finals in style when he smashed Brazil into the lead. But Tite's side failed to build further momentum, as Neymar was frequently stopped in his tracks by tactical fouls - a total of 10, the most since England's Alan Shearer was fouled 11 times against Tunisia on June 15, 1998 - from Vladimir Petkovic's side.

It's only one game, to be sure.

It's hard to see Brazil seriously contending for the trophy unless its star man finds his game, and quick.

"We got a draw but this is only the beginning for us".

The World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Switzerland match will be played at Rostov Arena.

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"Well, I believe it is practically impossible to completely neutralise Neymar over 90 minutes, he's probably the best and most complete in that position in the world", the defender told reporters, according to FourFourTwo.

Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal.

Brazil pushed hard for the victor - with Neymar heading right at Yann Sommer in the Switzerland goal in the 87th minute and Roberto Firmino doing the same soon after - but had to settle for a draw and one point that leaves them in a tie for second place in their group.

Still, the Swiss held firm.

It was the same story as defending champions Germany, who were stunned 1-0 by Mexico in their opening game and now have work to do to make it through the group stage.

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