Philippe Coutinho Nets Stunner But Brazil Held By Solid Switzerland (Photos & Video)

Philippe Coutinho Nets Stunner But Brazil Held By Solid Switzerland (Photos & Video)

Philippe Coutinho Nets Stunner But Brazil Held By Solid Switzerland (Photos & Video)

Petkovic said it was time the world took notice of his team, which is sixth in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings and won nine of its 10 qualifying matches to reach its fourth straight World Cup.

World Cup favourites Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their opening Group E match on Sunday in Russian Federation.

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. However, Brazil failed to build on their lead as Thiago Silva and Jesus headed off target from unsafe corners and were made to pay early in the second-half.

However, Switzerland, who had looked toothless throughout the first half, got back on level terms five minutes into the second period when Zuber rose unmarked to head home a corner kick.

Coutinho came close to restoring Brazil's lead when he chested down a long ball from the left before blasting a volley toward the far post, but he was unfortunate to see his attempt sail wide.

Given the success of Switzerland's rugged approach, Neymar can expect more of the same against Costa Rica and Serbia with the pressure upped on Brazil to rediscover the form they showed in qualifying.

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Neymar was on the receiving end of no less than 10 fouls during the match - the most of any World Cup player since England's Alan Shearer was fouled 11 times against Tunisia 20 years ago.

Ten of the fourteen fouls they committed were on forward Neymar. "I told him no, I don't want any characteristics of diving in my team", he added. "I am proud of the way my team played and against a good rival we had to be disciplined as a side". "They did, and it worked".

Brazil manager Tite did not attribute his side's failure to win to the physical treatment they received, or the referee's decision not to give a penalty despite Manuel Akanji putting his arms around Gabriel Jesus in the box. "This kind of anxiety comes from the concern of playing a first game in a World Cup; even the coach is anxious".

Tite said midfielder Fred, newly signed by Manchester United, is still recovering from an ankle injury and is the team's only doubt.

"What happened with Miranda was clear, but it doesn't explain the result", Tite said. If we were a bit more concentrated, we could have made the goalkeeper work a little more given the number of attempts we had.

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