Switzerland Holds Brazil to a 1-1 Draw

Bessie Dean
June 18, 2018

It's not enough for Brazil to simply win games at the World Cup.

It was a frustrating evening for Brazil, who drew 1-1 with Switzerland in their 2018 FIFA World Cup, Group E match at the Rostov Arena on Sunday.

The South Americans continued to dictate terms after that and took the lead in the 20 minute when Philippe Coutinho curled a spectacular 22-yard effort into the top corner, 1-0.

Switzerland's Steven Zuber heads the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with World Cup favourites Brazil.

The pressure will now be on Brazil to kickstart their campaign when they face Costa Rica on Friday.

Since taking charge in 2016, however, Brazil coach Tite has only lost once in 22 games.

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The win gave the group favourites a serious boost after Russia's shock 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia in the opening match . Uruguay had 57-percent possession and four shots on goal, but it's a game the team could have had in the bag earlier.

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The Indian side will be led by Ajinkya Rahane in the absence of captain Virat Kohli who is recuperating from a shoulder injury. Last week they secured a T20 series sweep over Bangladesh helped by teen Indian Premier League (IPL) sensation Rashid Khan .

The five-time world champions went about their task of erasing the memories of a 7-1 thrashing by Germany on home soil four years ago purposefully early on.

Neymar looked bright despite his lack of match practice as he teased the Swiss defence provoking yellow cards for Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabian Schar and Valon Behrami.

From then on, it was all Brazil with Switzerland defending with 10 behind the ball, trying to keep the game level.

Brazil had chances to win it late on, but goalkeeper Yann Sommer saved headers by Neymar and substitute Roberto Firmino, and Miranda fired a great chance wide.

Brazil will want three points to start their run to the final, while Switzerland would likely be happy with a point. Mexican referee Cesar Ramos dismissed complaints that Zuber had shoved defender Miranda before getting to the corner from Xherdan Shaqiri.

It's a fantastic, golden point for Switzerland.

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