Swiss hold favourites Brazil after Coutinho stunner


Switzerland are slight favorites to get out of the group stage with Brazil over Serbia and Costa Rica.

Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer can't stop a shot from Brazil's Philippe Coutinho. He took aim from 25 yards and the ball curled perfectly into the net, via the inside of the post.

50' - GOAL! Brazil 1-1 Switzerland.

Switzerland played physical, fouled plenty to try and slow down Brazil's rhythm, and it earned a surprising result that puts them in a great spot moving forward.

Dzemaili failed to trouble keeper Alisson from distance three minutes later, but Swiss hearts were in mouths within seconds when Jesus went down in the area under Manuel Akanji's challenge, although Mexican referee Cesar Ramos was unmoved.

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Despite Neymar's best efforts, Brazil lacked a spark in the final third until the closing stages where they should have bagged a victor. Snap chance from close range falls to the forehead of Neymar, under some pressure, and into the arms of Sommer.

Brazil hasn't lost its opening match in the World Cup since falling 3-1 to Spain in 1934.

The only nation to compete in every World Cup, Brazil has won five of the 20 championships, more than any other team.

The Hoffenheim defender cancelled out Philippe Coutinho's stunning first-half opener with a bullet header five minutes after the restart with the South Americans appealing in vain for a push on defender Miranda.

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Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup.