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Switzerland Give Neymar Rough Treatment to Frustrate Brazil

Switzerland Give Neymar Rough Treatment to Frustrate Brazil”

Steven Zuber rose above Miranda to head home five minutes into the second half in Rostov-on-Don, cancelling out Philippe Coutinho's first-half strike, though Brazil wanted a free-kick awarded in their favour.

"There is a concern about the first game, you want to win, you want to do it".

AgenciesSwitzerland were never regarded as one of the pre-tournament World Cup favourites but after they thwarted heavyweights Brazil with a gutsy 1-1 draw in their Group E opener on Sunday, they could be dreaming of a deep run in Russian Federation.

Brazil returns to World Cup matches after its crushing 7-1 to Germany as hosts four years ago, and players have conceded that the Swiss - ranked sixth in world - will be hard to break down in the Group E match Sunday. And with the team's top star not expected to be at his best again for the game against Costa Rica on Friday, it will be up to Coutinho to step forward and try to lead the five-time champions.

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.

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The Canarinho appealed for a foul on Miranda, claiming the defender had been shoved in the back by Zuber just prior to converting Shaqiri's corner.

Add Brazil to the list of highly-ranked teams struggling out of the gate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

With Coutinho's 20th- minute stunner from outside the box, Brazil have now scored 37 goals from outside the box at the World Cup.

His neutral remarks on the referee's decision in the match were summed up by his remark of "to be honest, I don't care" which left fellow pundits Ian Wright and Gary Neville in stitches.

Brazil coach Tite said before the tournament started that Neymar wouldn't likely be fully fit until the third match of the group stage because of the foot injury that sidelined him for about three months earlier this year.

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"We need to stay cool when we shoot and be more precise", he told reporters. "I guess that will be normal to be fouled regularly, we have to pay attention to it, but that's something normal in football". "He is a very important player for us".

Brazil will face Costa Rica in St. Petersburg while Switzerland takes on Serbia in Kaliningrad.

Tite admitted his side were wasteful throughout the match, saying via BBC Sport: "We had too many balls off target, if we had been a bit more focused we could have made the goalkeeper work a bit more".

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