Brazil and Switzerland Draw in Tense Match

Neymar of Brazil smiles in training

Brazil took the lead after just 20 minutes when Philippe Coutinho scored with a stunning long-range effort, only to be pegged back in the second half when Steven Zuber headed home from a corner. We have to be very cohesive as a team and close the gaps when we confront those individual players.

Their promising start could not last and soon Switzerland were sitting back as Brazil passed the ball crisply around the pitch, nearly finding a breakthrough when Paulinho dragged a shot across the face of goal and wide of the far post with 10 minutes played.

The 26-year-old - who is sporting a new bleached blonde hair cut - is expected to start on Sunday when five-time world champions Brazil face Group E rivals Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don. Tite's men ended as they had begun with a series of chances for a late victor as Neymar and Roberto Firmino headed straight at Sommer before Miranda dragged a shot inches wide.

- Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win.

A key to Coutinho's good performances with Brazil has been Barcelona teammate Paulinho, the defensive midfielder who has been responsible for giving the playmaker more freedom to help Neymar and the other forwards. "We know there is another two hard games but we don't fear anybody", the Stoke City winger added.

In addition, the "Verdeamarela" team ended a nine-match winning streak in the opening match in the World Cup after winning his first games since 1982 to 2014.

Fortunately, the talisman has seemingly recovered from the broken foot suffered while playing for his club PSG earlier this year, with Neymar even scoring a wonderful goal in a friendly just before the start of the World Cup.

ROSTOV-ON-DON: Switzerland's midfielder Steven Zuber (L) scores against Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group E match. "But it was a match to show us that it won't be easy".

"They didn't give up, went the full 90 minutes, never gave up on themselves and when we were able to play forward and press high up, we did it very well indeed".

The match was full of fouls - 30 in total - 10 of which were directed at Brazil's superstar striker Neymar Jr.

"The work we have done elevates the expectations, but also brings us peace", he said.

But coach Tite acknowledged his side could have played better.

The Swiss boss pointed out that perhaps the result is not as big a surprise as some may think: "I think we get a lack of recognition".

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