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Steven Zuber denies Brazil opening win as Switzerland secure a point

Steven Zuber denies Brazil opening win as Switzerland secure a point”

Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil the lead with a stunning first-half strike, but they were denied an opening win.

It is expected that Tite will stick to this policy of not committing to one captain for the duration of the tournament, in which Brazil are one of the favourites to lift the trophy.

After Switzerland, the Brazilians will take on Serbia and Costa Rica in Group E.

The big injury concern was Neymar though, and he's bounced back by scoring in both of Brazil's last two friendlies.

Switzerland can reflect on an excellent start to their campaign, having claimed a point from the most hard of their group matches and improved their chances of reaching the knockout stages for the second consecutive tournament.

Brazil's 7-1 semifinal defeat on home soil to Germany has clouded the national team ever since, but with a healthy Neymar surrounded by a rejuvenated cast that includes Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Marcelo, Brazil has eyes on a record sixth World Cup title.

Vladimir Petkovic's side began on the front foot, Xherdan Shaqiri sending a bouncing cross towards Blerim Dzemaili that the Bologna midfielder fired over the crossbar with a shot on the turn.

The 26-year-old wrapped his foot around the ball and curled it past Switzerland keeper Yann Sommer.

Brazil got its lead in the 20th minute in sensational fashion. Coutinho and Neymar combined on the left channel, with the latter sending in a cross for Paulinho.

Switzerland have never made it past the quarter-finals of a World Cup and will be looking to spring a surprise.



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