Brazil, the record five-time World champions, commenced their World Cup journey tonight against Switzerland. They, as expected, started the game as favorites and the upsurge in past couple of years made them one of the prime title contenders this term shaking off the miseries of the previous edition of this prestigious event. The game, however, turned out to be a misery for Brazil who despite having a first-half, had to settle to a 1-1 draw.
Switzerland had a positive start, mostly down right wing via Xherdan Shaqiri but the Selecao soon gained control of the game and kept on troubling the Swiss backline with swift attacking movements. Paulinho came close but his effort went just wide. Switzerland maintained a decent defensive composure and did not let Neymar trouble much through the first-half. However, they could have done little to prevent Brazil from breaking the deadlock when Philippe Coutinho scored from a stunning curler down the left to beat past Yan Sommer in Swiss goal. A vintage Coutinho goal made the difference at half-time.
Switzerland, meanwhile, looked a rejuvenated force after the break with a view to find an equalizer. Behrami didn’t let Neymar move freely whereas Shaqiri seemed purposeful with his runs whenever he had the ball. They soon hit back when Shaqiri’s corner was headed home by Steven Zuber and the Swiss’ kept on maintaining the momentum even after equalizing. Brazil made some late attempts and accelerated their game high up the pitch, but failed against the likes of Behrami and Akanji time and again. The game, thus, ended all square and a resilient Swiss side cause another upset in Russia.
Brazil vs Switzerland Lineups:
Brazil: Alisson, Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo, Casemiro (Fernandinho 60′), Paulinho (Renato Augusto 67′), Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus (Firmino 79′).
Switzerland: Yann Sommer, Stephen Lichtsteiner (Michzel Lang 87′), Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez, Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka, Valon Behrami (Denis Zakaria 71′), Granit Xhaka, Blerim Džemaili, Steven Zuber, Haris Seferović (Breel Embolo 80′).
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