Brazil v Switzerland, 17 June 2018

Brazil v Switzerland, 17 June 2018

Brazil got its lead in the 20th minute in sensational fashion.

The Paris Saint-Germain star has looked impressive in recent friendlies, despite just recently recovering from a broken metatarsal. But Tite's side failed to build further momentum, as Neymar was frequently stopped in his tracks by tactical fouls - a total of 10, the most since England's Alan Shearer was fouled 11 times against Tunisia on June 15, 1998 - from Vladimir Petkovic's side. There were six Brazil defenders in the six-yard box when it came in.

It's only one game, to be sure.

Click through the gallery to see the best images of the game! The Swiss went 9-1-0 in World Cup qualifying, only failing to win its group due to losing the goal-differential tiebreaker to Portugal. There's a reason why it's the Swiss' highest-ever position, though.


Brazil may point to a push by Zuber to free him from his marker but the fact Coutinho's strike remained their only effort on target until 77 minutes points to their struggles in the final third.

Brazil threw players forward in the dying minutes of the match and had numerous goal scoring chances, but they could not find the back of the net as Switzerland stood firm to earn a point as the match ended all-square.

Still, the Swiss held firm.

The pressure will now be on Brazil to kickstart their campaign when they face Costa Rica on Friday. The two teams played an epic group stage game in 2002 that Brazil won 5-2, and the Ticos need a win of their own after falling to the Serbs.

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