Switzerland holds favoured Brazil to draw at World Cup

Brazil vs Switzerland

Brazil take on an underrated Switzerland in their first match of the World Cup

Steven Zuber cancelled out a strike from Philippe Coutinho as Switzerland came from behind to draw 1-1 with Brazil in Sunday night's Group E clash at the 2018 World Cup.

Two late chances fell to Brazil substitute Roberto Firmino, but the Liverpool forward lashed the ball over before drawing a reaction save from Sommer with a close-range header, and Miranda nearly made amends for his failure to mark Zuber earlier but fired wide from 18 yards as Switzerland held on for a deserved point that was secured when a Fabian Schar block prevented Coutinho from having the final say.

Switzerland were level less than five minutes into the second half, however, when Zuber headed a Shaqiri corner into the back of the net from close range. Young star Hirving Lozano scored the victor in the 35th minute.

Costa Rica now await on matchday two, before they lock horns with Serbia in their final game of the group stages on June 27 as they continue the chase for their sixth-ever world title.

They had to settle for a point and joined fellow tournament favourites Germany, Spain and Argentina in failing to win their first game.

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Neymar's injury problems did not stop him from scoring both in his return to action against Croatia as well as against Austria, but Brazil boss Tite admitted during his pre-match news conference that the 26-year-old was not in peak condition yet.

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Ramos also ignored a penalty claim late in the second half when Gabriel Jesus was wrestled to the ground by Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji.

Switzerland had offered barely any attacking threat before levelling when Zuber took advantage of a gaping hole in the heart of the Brazilian defence to head home Shaqiri's corner.

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In a World Cup where sides have shown promise without being scintillating, Tite and the passionate Brazilian public are unlikely to be too anxious at this stage, and Switzerland are after all the world's sixth-best side on ranking.

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic described the incident against Miranda as an "ordinary challenge".

"I am very proud of my team's discipline, it was everything we talked about", he said.

"I was pushed out of the way". "Sometimes there is a lack of recognition (in Switzerland's ability) and I think that's a pity because this team really believes in itself and can achieve results". Neymar crossed the ball from the left for Coutinho who brought it down well on his chest but could not make proper contact and sent his volley wide right off the post.

Brazil will next face Costa Rica on Friday in St. Petersburg, while Switzerland faces Serbia in Kaliningrad on the same day.

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