Switzerland Holds Brazil to a 1-1 Draw

Switzerland Holds Brazil to a 1-1 Draw

Brazil forward Neymar has made his first competitive start since injuring his ankle and metatarsal in February after being named in coach Tite's starting line-up for the five-times winners' World Cup opener against Switzerland on Sunday.

In Brazil's first World Cup game since a 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil knocked them out of the competition four years ago, the five-time champions did nothing to suggest that they will add a sixth title to their record haul at Russian Federation 2018.

Brazil opened scoring on 20 minutes from Philippe Coutinho's long range strike that beat the Swiss' goalkeeper.

The draw gives both teams one point in Group E - behind Serbia who have three points after a 1-0 win over Costa Rica.

Coutinho had Brazil's best chance after the break but shot wide.

We have to be very cohesive as a team and close the gaps when we confront those individual players.

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Still, Brazil always looked in control until they ceded a corner and Zuber took full advantage of their collective lapse of concentration.

The Brazilians, the ones haunted by Germany's ritualistic 7-1 beatdown of them in the 2014 semifinals on their home soil, contended a draw could be just fine.

Steven Zuber is ecstatic after tying the game against Brazil.

Five of Coutinho's 11 goals for Brazil have been from outside the box.

Brazil pushed hard for the victor - with Neymar heading right at Yann Sommer in the Switzerland goal in the 87th minute and Roberto Firmino doing the same soon after - but had to settle for a draw and one point that leaves them in a tie for second place in their group.

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