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Brazil held 1-1 by Switzerland in World Cup

Brazil held 1-1 by Switzerland in World Cup

The highly organised Swiss hit back early in the second period from one of their few chances as Brazil's Casemiro and Miranda switched off and the unmarked Steven Zuber barely had to leave his feet to nod in Xherdan Shaqiri's whipped corner.

Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014.

It was the same story as defending champions Germany, who were stunned 1-0 by Mexico in their opening game and now have work to do to make it through the group stage.

Brazil's first scoring chance came ten minutes later when a low left-sided cross from Neymar was met by Paulinho, but he scuffed his shot inches wide from only a couple of yards out. The match was pretty much all Brazil from the beginning, but outside of its lone goal, the ball just didn't want to go in.

Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil the lead in the 20th minute with a volley that bounced in off the right post.




The five-time World Cup winners from South America looked comfortable - nearly too comfortable at times - and the Swiss made them pay after the break.

The Mexican referee Cesar Arturo Ramos made a clear and obvious error in not penalising the foul.

Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer can't stop a shot from Brazil's Philippe Coutinho.

The World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Switzerland match will be played at Rostov Arena. This was the first mistake by the technology at the World Cup and it was a bad one.

Hard to pick a standout individual, but the Barcelona man provided a world-class moment that should have sent Brazil on their way to victory.

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