Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland

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Brazil entered Sunday's Group E game against Switzerland having won 16 of their last 18 opening matches at the World Cup, but the Brazilians were unable to secure three points in a 1-1 draw with the Swiss in Russian Federation.

Switzerland's next match in Group E is against Serbia, with the game set to take place on Friday.

The five-time world champions took a deserved lead midway through the first half in the Group E game when Coutinho's irresistible long-distance shot cannoned in off the far post, but Tite's side, who had looked so impressive in the tournament build-up, did not build on their advantage.

Brazil's players complained of a push on defender Miranda in the build-up to Switzerland's leveller, while calls for a penalty were turned down when Gabriel Jesus went down in the penalty area.

And if Brazil's opener against Switzerland in World Cup 2018 is anything to go by, the Paris Saint-Germain forward seems to be in the cross hairs of the opposing defenders yet again.

Serbia got it's campaign off to a winning start earlier in the day, with Aleksandar Kolarov scoring from a left-footed free kick in the 56th minute in a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica.

Liverpool's No.9 was introduced 12 minutes from time at the Rostov Arena as Selecao coach Tite sought a late victor after Steven Zuber had equalised Philippe Coutinho's opener. "This result does not make the next game more important because at a World Cup every game is important".

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Switzerland's Steven Zuber is ecstatic after tying the game against Brazil.

"With 23 top athletes, today yes [Willian could start], but I can't say about tomorrow, I don't know what could happen, if you have a physical problem". "We got a draw but this is only the beginning for us".

One of his biggest strengths is running with the ball at his feet, but in repeatedly doing so he also gave the Swiss more of an opportunity to bring him down, so, as McManaman noted, he might have benefited from making quick passes rather than charging into danger.

Brazil, chasing a sixth World Cup title while simultaneously trying to erase memories of 2014's 7-1 semi-final defeat, had started positively.

"Sometimes, there is a lack of recognition and that is a pity".

Tite said Neymar might not be fully fit until the team's third match in Russian Federation. Such was the scale of his overhaul of the squad that the five-time world champions have only six players with World Cup experience in their ranks, as was the case four years ago.

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