Brazil, Switzerland World Cup match ends in 1-1 draw

Marcelo and Brazil team-mates

Brazil have failed to win their opening game of the World Cup for the first time since 1978 when they drew with Sweden.

Brazil shot 21 times but only four were on goal, and only Coutinho scored at the beginning of the game to take the control of the situation. Steven Zuber then headed in the equalizer in the 50th.

"I was pushed out of the way. But it didn't happen", Miranda said.

The South Americans also saw appeals for a penalty waved away after Gabriel Jesus had gone down under Manuel Akanji's challenge to spark yet another debate over the VAR system.

Neymar needed to lead his team and he did it well at the start of the game and maintained his great form while Brazil had the lead.

Brazil, of course, will be aware of Switzerland's strengths, considering how well Tite has marshalled his troops since taking over the Selecao.

"I was a little bit anxious about the referee", said Arsenal full-back Lichtsteiner.

"We had real difficulties in the first 40 minutes, I said "let's remain calm, focused and believe in ourselves, push up higher up the pitch and create opportunities to score". "They did, and it worked". Coutinho had another chance to put Brazil ahead in the 67th minute, but his shot sailed wide of the net.

"We have two more games where we will have to see what we need to improve in order to win".

Neymar's injury problems did not stop him from scoring both in his return to action against Croatia as well as against Austria, but Brazil boss Tite admitted during his pre-match news conference that the 26-year-old was not in peak condition yet. "We must be wary that they are very strong".

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Besides Brazil and Germany, Argentina was held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland on Saturday, and Spain and Portugal played to a 3-3 draw on Friday.

He said he wouldn't make excuses for the disappointing scoreline.

"The action characterises a clear foul, which resulted in an undisputable advantage for Mr. Zuber, since Mr. Miranda was unable to defend and play the ball". "There was a lot of pressure and anxiety on the players and that translated into the finishes that were not precise".

They won all of their next nine games in qualifying and narrowly overcame Northern Ireland 1-0 in a playoff to make it to Russian Federation.

If Neymar struggles again against Costa Rica in St. Petersburg, another good showing by Coutinho will be crucial for Brazil.

Aleksandar Kolarov's brilliant second-half free-kick gave Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in their opening World Cup group match in Samara on Sunday. "You think "don't be too aggressive" because every time they go down it's a foul".

The world knows Switzerland for its natural beauty, for its rich culture, and delicious food, but not so much for its football talent.

"No, with this team, it will not be like eight years ago", he said.

"The goal, the aggressiveness, the creative plays, it was characteristic of our team", Tite said.

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