Brazil, Switzerland end match in 1-1 draw


Philippe Coutinho's thunderbolt gave Brazil the lead against Switzerland on Sunday evening in Rostov-on-Don, only to be pegged back by a controversial header by Steven Zuber, who had shoved Miranda out of the way before powering home.

Switzerland clearly chose to test Neymar's constitution early on, with their more physical players taking turns to aim a few well-placed but unsubtle kicks at Brazil's No. 10 in his first competitive game since February following surgery on his right foot.

"I was hit and it was aching, but [it's] nothing to worry", Neymar said after the match, quoted by the Sun. "You should not pressure the referee, though".

In France, urging the referee to consult their video assistants is a yellow card offence. "You can not push. When you push, it's a foul, irrespective of whether the player falls over or not. To his credit Miranda did not fall, but that does not mean it's not a foul".

With the exception of Coutinho, nearly all of Brazil's creativity went down the drain as Switzerland swiftly took control of the proceedings at the expense of a dismal approach adopted by the five-time World Cup winners. The double-digit total, according to ESPN, marked the most fouls on one player in the World Cup since 1998, when Tunisia fouled Alan Shearer 11 times.

A magnificent, curling drive, it looked like going well wide before shifting inwards to kiss the inside of the far post before settling into the net.

"We had some good, clean situations but could have been more precise".

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Serbia, with their win over Costa Rica, leads the Group E standings with three points.

If the opening goal was expected to prompt a Brazilian deluge, it did not.

Brazil went to sleep and Switzerland were level.

Their equaliser arrived with their first effort on target.

The game slowed down a bit after the opening goal as Switzerland controlled the flow of the game and Brazil seemed content to sit back in defence. Willian will play on the right of attack and Neymar on the left. We had 20 finishes but we should have make the goalkeeper work harder. That approach backfired as Vladimir Petkovic's side slowly took control of the proceedings.

"Playing against Brazil and Spain, we demonstrated we could react, that this team always believes in itself and can get results. Now we need to think about the next match".

Shaqiri, in contrast, said he was happy for his team to sail under the radar.

At the end, their fans, largely dotted around the end where they scored their goal, hugged each other in delight and relief.