Brazil, Switzerland end their World Cup group stage match in draw

Valon Behrami needed a mere four minutes for his first foul on Neymar, only to repeat the trick 10 minutes later, much to the annoyance of the Brazil No.10.

Next up for Switzerland is a crucial tie against group leaders Serbia, who beat Costa Rica in their opener on Sunday.

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

Neymar insisted Miranda was fouled as Switzerland equalized to deny Brazil victory in its opening game at the World Cup, and the star striker also urged referees to offer better protection after he came in for some rough treatment in Rostov-on-Don.

Brazil manager Tite did not attribute his side's failure to win to the physical treatment they received, or the referee's decision not to give a penalty despite Manuel Akanji putting his arms around Gabriel Jesus in the box.

Live updates of the Group C match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. "This kind of anxiety comes from the concern of playing a first game in a World Cup; even the coach is anxious".

Although they did create several half chances, Brazil were let down by poor finishing on those occasions.

Neymar left Brazil training on Tuesday after just 15 minutes with a right ankle injury that the team doctor said is related to a foul he suffered against Switzerland and not his recently broken right foot.

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic described the incident against Miranda as an "ordinary challenge". I think we have a tough group.

Meanwhile, Tite's opposite number Vladimir Petkovic said he hoped his team would get some deserved recognition for the hard-earned point after few had given Switzerland a chance against one of the favourites in Russian Federation. We had 20 finishes but we should have make the goalkeeper work harder.

VAR is making its World Cup bow in Russian Federation, with FIFA stating it should only be used to "correct clear and obvious errors and missed incidents in clearly defined match-changing decisions". "I guess that will be normal to be fouled regularly, we have to pay attention to it, but that's something normal in football".

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.

  • Stacy Allen