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World Cup 2018: Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland in Group E opener

World Cup 2018: Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland in Group E opener

Zuber headed Brazil level early in the second halfPre-tournament favourites Brazil failed to win their opening game of a World Cup for the first time since 1978 as Switzerland earned a valuable draw in Rostov-on-Don.The five-time champions, so often lauded for their flair, failed to sparkle after Philippe Coutinho's superbly curled opener on 20 minutes.Tite's side - with Gabriel Jesus and Willian alongside Neymar in a front three - could offer only fleeting moments of fluid play and Steven Zuber's header from a corner earned the Swiss a deserved point.
Brazil may point to a push by Zuber to free him from his marker but the fact Coutinho's strike remained their only effort on target until 77 minutes points to their struggles in the final third.The draw brings to an end a run of nine wins in their opening World Cup fixture and both sides now trail Serbia, who beat Costa Rica earlier in Group E.More to follow.
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Line-ups
Brazil
1Alisson
14Danilo
2Thiago Silva
3Miranda
12Marcelo
15PaulinhoSubstituted forRenato Augustoat 67'minutes
5CasemiroBooked at 47mins[/i]Substituted forFernandinhoat 60'minutes
11Coutinho
19Willian
9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forRoberto Firminoat 79'minutes
10Neymar
Substitutes
4Geromel
6Filipe Luis
7Douglas Costa
8Renato Augusto
13Marquinhos
16Cassio
17Fernandinho
20Roberto Firmino
21Barcellos Freda
22Fagner
23Ederson
Switzerland
1Sommer
2LichtsteinerBooked at 31mins[/i]Substituted forLangat 87'minutes
22ScharBooked at 65mins[/i]
5Akanji
13Rodriguez
11BehramiBooked at 68mins[/i]Substituted forZakariaat 71'minutes
10Xhaka
23Shaqiri
15Dzemaili
14Zuber
9SeferovicSubstituted forEmboloat 80'minutes
Substitutes
3Moubandje
4Elvedi
6Lang
7Embolo
8Freuler
12Mvogo
16Fernandes
17Zakaria
18Gavranovic
19Drmic
20Djourou
21Burki
Referee:Cesar Arturo Ramos Palazuelos
Match Stats
Home TeamBrazilAway TeamSwitzerlandPossessionHome55%Away45%ShotsHome21Away6Shots on TargetHome5Away2CornersHome7Away2FoulsHome11Away19
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Match ends, Brazil 1, Switzerland 1.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+7' Second Half ends, Brazil 1, Switzerland 1.Posted at 90'+7' Foul by Roberto Firmino (Brazil).Posted at 90'+7' Manuel Akanji (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90'+6' Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Ricardo Rodriguez.Posted at 90'+6' Attempt blocked. Renato Augusto (Brazil) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.Posted at 90'+5' Neymar (Brazil) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 90'+5' Foul by Denis Zakaria (Switzerland).Posted at 90'+4' Neymar (Brazil) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 90'+4' Foul by Michael Lang (Switzerland).Posted at 90'+4' Foul by Thiago Silva (Brazil).Posted at 90'+4' Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90'+2' Foul by Fernandinho (Brazil).Posted at 90'+2' Breel Embolo (Switzerland) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 90'+1' Attempt missed. Miranda (Brazil) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.Posted at 90'+1' Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Michael Lang.Posted at 90' Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Brazil) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neymar with a cross.Posted at 90' Neymar (Brazil) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 90' Foul by Michael Lang (Switzerland).Posted at 89' Attempt missed. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.Posted at 88' Renato Augusto (Brazil) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 88' Foul by Breel Embolo (Switzerland).Posted at 88' Attempt saved. Neymar (Brazil) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian with a cross.
Substitution
Posted at 87' Substitution, Switzerland. Michael Lang replaces Stephan Lichtsteiner because of an injury.Posted at 87' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 86' Delay in match Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland) because of an injury.Posted at 86' Neymar (Brazil) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 86' Foul by Granit Xhaka (Switzerland).Posted at 82' Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Brazil) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.
Substitution
Posted at 80' Substitution, Switzerland. Breel Embolo replaces Haris Seferovic.Posted at 80' Danilo (Brazil) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 80' Foul by Steven Zuber (Switzerland).
Substitution
Posted at 79' Substitution, Brazil. Roberto Firmino replaces Gabriel Jesus.Posted at 79' Fernandinho (Brazil) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 79' Foul by Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland).Posted at 78' Attempt saved. Neymar (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcelo.Posted at 77' Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Coutinho.Posted at 75' Foul by Coutinho (Brazil).Posted at 75' Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 75' Neymar (Brazil) wins a free kick on the left wing.
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