Brazil ties Switzerland in World Cup opener

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/ AFP PHOTOBrazil's midfielder Fernandinho (top) and Switzerland's forward Breel Embolo compete for the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Switzerland at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on June 17, 2018.

The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0.

The opener came soon after, though, when Philippe Coutinho curled in an absolute stunner from 20 yards out to put his team in front after some nice build-up play from Brazil.

Still, Brazil always looked in control until they ceded a corner and Zuber took full advantage of their collective lapse of concentration.

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.

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Dzemaili failed to trouble keeper Alisson from distance three minutes later, but Swiss hearts were in mouths within seconds when Jesus went down in the area under Manuel Akanji's challenge, although Mexican referee Cesar Ramos was unmoved.

We have to be very cohesive as a team and close the gaps when we confront those individual players.

Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner admits it's impossible to neutralise Brazil star Neymar for an entire match.

In their first World Cup game since famously losing 7-1 to Germany in the semi-final in Rio four years ago, Brazil took their time to warm up.

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