Brazil v Switzerland, 17 June 2018

Brazil v Switzerland, 17 June 2018

"This result does not make the next game more important because at a World Cup every game is important".

Brazil were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw in their opening game in Group E of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Rostov Arena last night.

As if to prove that point, Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil the lead with an absolutely exquisite goal in the 20th minute, collecting the ball on the left corner of the penalty area and whipping a ideal shot off the far post and into the net. Attacking midfielder Coutinho fired Brazil ahead in the 20th minute.

Brazil play Costa Rica in their second Group E game on Friday.

Brazil thus had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their opening game, with Sommer pulling off a superb save late on to save Switzerland, as they got their campaign off to an underwhelming start, much like fellow favourites Spain, Argentina and Germany.

After wasting a handful of first-half chances while living dangerously in their own half, Hirving Lozano's 35th-minute strike on the break proved just reward. "It was a good goal, but for me it was more important that we won".

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"It's an unfamiliar situation", he said, while insisting the team "has enough experience to not go under with one defeat".

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.

Switzerland concentrated their defensive effort and kept Brazil's unsafe attack under wraps, though the Nati fans held their breaths in the 88th minutes on Neymar's header, which Sommer was able to collect comfortably despite the star having room.

Steven Zuber created the space for his header through holding Brazil's Miranda by the arm and then pushing him in the back.

Brazil always looked in control until they ceded a corner and Zuber took full advantage of their collective lapse of concentration to level.

"But we know our qualities, and we have a lot".

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