Brazil vs Switzerland: Zuber's goal leads to sloppy draw

Marcelo and Brazil team-mates

Brazil will be hoping to start their campaign on the front foot

The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0.

"We're talking about a World Cup so everybody will try to defend their game". The "Selecao" had won every one of its opening matches since 1978, a year after "The King's" farewell.

Petkovic said it was time the world took notice of his team, which is sixth in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings and won nine of its 10 qualifying matches to reach its fourth straight World Cup. I think we have a tough group.

Shots out of 20 Brazil fired off target against Switzerland.

The match was played on Sunday night in Russia's southern city of Rostov-on-Don.

"Nobody can win or lose the World Cup in the first match", Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus said.

"If the opponent is better at performing on the pitch and we have to settle for a draw we will accept that".

Brazil will next face Costa Rica on Friday in St. Petersburg, while Switzerland faces Serbia in Kaliningrad on the same day. "I practiced set pieces, and this was enough for three points". Its final game will be against Serbia on June 27 in Nizhny Novgorod.

"What happened with Miranda was clear, but it doesn't explain the result", Tite said. "But we're going to be running fast".

"Now we must keep our heads down, as we want to win our next game".

They have lost only of their last 23 matches, which was a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. It eventually finished the tournament in third place.

Brazil coach Tite admits Neymar is not fully fit but believes his captain is in impressive shape ahead of their World Cup opener.

But then Steven Zuber brought the underdogs level in the second half just minutes in, heading home but also pushing Miranda in the process. "We will continue to play with that consistency".

Tite said he was happy with his team's play until Switzerland scored.

Brazil made too many mistakes with the ball, missing easy passes throughout the field and failing to capitalize on the chances it created, especially in the second half after conceding the equalizer. The Paris Saint-Germain player was limping when he talked to reporters after the match.

"The Serbs are a great team with players who have been together for a couple of years already".

Having taken the lead, Brazil slowed the pace of the game down and frustrated Switzerland, whose only subsequent attacking foray before half-time ended disappointingly with Zuber firing a shot straight into Thiago Silva, who headed narrowly over the crossbar at the other end just before the interval.

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