Brazil need solutions after coming unstuck against Switzerland

Brazil took the lead after just 20 minutes when Philippe Coutinho scored with a stunning long-range effort, only to be pegged back in the second half when Steven Zuber headed home from a corner.

Group E action resumes Friday, June 22, with Brazil taking on Costa Rica at 8 a.m. ET and Serbia squaring off with Switzerland at 2 p.m. ET.

Brazil travelled to Russian Federation after a triumphant set of results in their warm-up matches but were disappointing in their Group E opener on Sunday as a very solid Swiss side showed why they are now sixth in the FIFA rankings, reports Xinhua news agency.

Switzerland were unable to really threaten the opposing goal and were more conspicuous with their tough challenges on the Brazilian playmakers with Neymar spending his fair share of time on the ground grabbing various parts of his body.

"We need to play in the same way against Costa Rica, we played well, especially considering it was our first game, but unfortunately we couldn't win".

Brazil was held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday in their first 2018 World Cup match. Switzerland survived a Neymar free kick and another corner kick in the final minute of stoppage time.

"I was hit and it was aching, but [it's] nothing to worry. after your body is cold, it aches a little more but that's OK", he said.

"When you talk about national squad and the World Cup, it's obvious that, if we want to get through it, we'll have to get the points - and we have to get it at the next games".

One of his biggest strengths is running with the ball at his feet, but in repeatedly doing so he also gave the Swiss more of an opportunity to bring him down, so, as McManaman noted, he might have benefited from making quick passes rather than charging into danger.

Back to the match and it was all Brazil in the early stages capped off by a superb goal from Coutinho, who stood out in the match, possibly helped by the space created from the Swiss being so tight on Neymar. "We'll try to win the three points in the next one".

In addition, the "Verdeamarela" team ended a nine-match winning streak in the opening match in the World Cup after winning his first games since 1982 to 2014.

"I hope that people will take notice of us now and take us seriously, sometimes there's a lack of recognition towards us and that's a pity because we played very well".

In the first game, he only shot four times and two were on target, which is a significantly poor performance by the Paris Saint-Germain striker. "He's good enough to play very well".

The Brazilians remain haunted by their 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semifinals, a defeat that was followed by a 3-0 defeat against the Netherlands in the third-place playoff.

  • Rosalie Stanley