Swiss hold favourites Brazil after Coutinho stunner

Neymar Shaqiri Brazil Switzerland 2018

Steven Zuber denied Brazil victory in their opening game of the World Cup as battling Switzerland fought back to snatch a famous 1-1 Group E draw in Rostov.

The five-time champions, so often lauded for their flair, failed to sparkle after Philippe Coutinho's superbly curled opener on 20 minutes.

They foolishly offered him the chance to demonstrate his most spectacular quality, however, when a cross from Marcelo was cleared into the path of the Barcelona midfielder, who wrapped his right foot around the ball and delivered an irresistible finish to break the deadlock in the 20th minute.

Brazil went all out in pursuit of a victor and came agonisingly close to finding it as Coutinho and Miranda lashed wide from inside the area while Neymar and substitute Roberto Firmino were denied by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

Even though Brazil and its stars including Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho all playing strong through the qualifiers and friendlies, they're up against a Swiss team ranked sixth in the world after winning 9 of 10 qualifiers.

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They narrowly beat Northern Ireland in a playoff to get to Russian Federation, making it easy to scoff at the Schweizer Nati's No. 6 FIFA ranking in the run-up to the main event.

"At this stage of a World Cup you have to take advantage of a goal and see that your opponents are taking risks and you need to have faster transitions". 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.

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

"I am very proud of my team's discipline, it was everything we talked about", he said.

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