Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland | 17 Jun 2018

Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland | 17 Jun 2018

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.

Brazil made a stuttering start to their World Cup campaign as Switzerland dug in for a 1-1 draw in their Group E opener.

A brilliant Philippe Coutinho strike from range handed Brazil the lead after 20 minutes, but Steven Zuber took advantage of some slack defending to head an equaliser in the second half.

Xherdan Shaqiri whipped a sensational corner into the six-yard box which found Zuber in space despite five Brazilian defenders being within yards of him.

Besides Brazil and Germany, Argentina was held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland on Saturday and Spain and Portugal played to a 3-3 draw on Friday. 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.

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Perez said Rubiales' reaction was "one of pride" and he "disrespected" Real. "Now more than ever (we must) be with our players". It's safe to say though, that this certainly is a bad look on the coach, who didn't appear to be transparent in his intentions.

Brazil went to sleep and Switzerland were level. Nor would the Brazil boss use the physical tactics Switzerland employed against Neymar, who was fouled 10 times in the match by his opponents, as an excuse for the result. "The first 40 minutes were tough for us, and at halftime I told the players to stay cool and press forward".

Despite Neymar's best efforts, Brazil lacked a spark in the final third until the closing stages where they should have bagged a victor. This was the first mistake by the technology at the World Cup and it was a bad one.

The draw brings to an end Brazil's run of nine wins in opening World Cup fixtures, and both sides now trail Group E leaders Serbia, who beat Costa Rica earlier on Sunday.

"I think the team has shown great determination and I'm very, very happy".

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