Neymar misses training for Brazil

Sommer needs to up their game for a not-so Sombre result

However, Switzerland, who had looked toothless throughout the first half, got back on level terms five minutes into the second period when Zuber rose unmarked to head home a corner kick.

"We're talking about a World Cup so everybody will try to defend their game".

"We have a lot of great players in the national team and each one of them has his own responsibility", Coutinho said.

Their promising start could not last and soon Switzerland were sitting back as Brazil passed the ball crisply around the pitch, nearly finding a breakthrough when Paulinho dragged a shot across the face of goal and wide of the far post with 10 minutes played.

Rostov-on-Don: Brazil's bid for a sixth World Cup got off to a slow start as Switzerland withstood an early onslaught to snatch a 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday.

Paris St Germain forward Neymar has been battling back from injury having suffered a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle in February.

There was plenty more fun facts about the match including Brazil failed to win their opening match of a World Cup for the first time since 1978.

Swiss captain Stephan Lichtsteiner has urged his team-mates not to show five-time world champions Brazil too much respect.




A key to Coutinho's good performances with Brazil has been Barcelona teammate Paulinho, the defensive midfielder who has been responsible for giving the playmaker more freedom to help Neymar and the other forwards.

They had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014.

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

Despite heaps of possession and the introduction of Roberto Firmino, Brazil were unable to find a winning goal and Tite's side settled for an unwanted point in a day of World Cup upsets.

"When we are able to play forward and press higher up we were able to do it well and it is an excellent starting position for the rest of our group matches". We can't always control the result. We had 20 finishes but we should have made the goalkeeper work harder. "He is a very important player for us".

After blanking against Switzerland he'll be looking to open his account when Brazil face Costa Rica (June 22) before ending their group phase campaign against Serbia (June 27).

Whatever he goes with, though, you feel most of it will depend on how well Neymar plays - if he is in the mood, Switzerland will struggle. "Sometimes there is a lack of recognition (in Switzerland's ability) and I think that's a pity because this team really believes in itself and can achieve results".

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