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

Alan Duffy

18th, June 2018

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Favourites to lift the World Cup in July, Brazil got off to a disappointing start against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don.

Tite’s start-studded 11, which included Chelsea’ Willian in a front three alongside Gabriel Jesus and Neymar, struggled to click throughout the game, against a hard-working Swiss side.

However, Philippe Coutinho did bring a bit of magic to the proceedings on 20 minutes, courtesy of a stunning long-range goal which curled into the back of Yann Sommer’s net.

In midfield, Valon Behrami was relentless in his pursuit of Neymar, keeping the PSG superstar subdued for large periods of the game.

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Switzerland would get their equaliser on 50 minutes, with Steven Zuber heading home from a corner.

The Brazilian marking for the goal was woeful, although they will point to a push from Zuber on his marker, Miranda, just before the goal.

Neymar and sub Roberto Firmino would both go close late on, but it was too little to late for the South Americans, with the game ending in a precious draw for the Swiss.

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The defeat saw Brazil end their run of nine opening game victories at World Cups, with Tite’s side and the Swiss two points behind leaders Serbia in Group E.