Stubborn Swiss stifle Brazil

World Cup 2018
Stubborn Swiss stifle Brazil

  • Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring with a superb strike
  • The Swiss have not lost an opening match at the FIFA World Cup since England 1966
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Brazil looked all set to party at one stage but ended up trapped in Switzerlands intricate defensive web, with a 1-1 draw a fair result as the two sides made their Group E debuts at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Having dominated possession but without creating clear-cut chances, the tournament favourites took the lead after 20 minutes thanks to the kind of strike Philippe Coutinho has become known for: a spectacular curling drive from outside the box that curled right into the far corner of Yann Sommers net.

It looked as if the Rostov night would have a samba beat, but the Swiss had other ideas. Maintaining their intensity, they conjured up an equaliser just after the restart, with Steven Zuber nodding home from inside the six-yard box. The five-time world champions promptly lost their poise, and though they created some late chances, both their finishing and their play was slightly off key.

Team Reporter Analysis

Giancarlo Giampietro with Brazil Follow on Twitter Facebook
Brazil were unable to impose their style against very physical opponents. Neymar and his team-mates endured a tough evening and despite Coutinhos early strike it was not until the end of the game that their best chances came. That said, A Seleo never expected it to be an easy night.

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1 / 17 Neymar Jr of Brazil during the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena

17 Jun 2018

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Neymar Jr of Brazil looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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Neymar Jr of Brazil during the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena

17 Jun 2018

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Neymar Jr of Brazil looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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Neymar Jr of Brazil during the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena Neymar Jr of Brazil during the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena

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