Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland in Group E opener

Brazil vs Switzerland

Brazil vs Switzerland

Switzerland had to beat Northern Ireland to qualify for the World Cup, winning narrowly 1-0.

Brazil continued the trend of tournament favourites underperforming as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their World Cup Group E opener in Rostov.

Zuber thumped home a header from Xherdan Shaqiri's corner with the Brazilians calling for a free-kick for a push on Miranda.

Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal.

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The pressure will now be on Brazil to kick-start their campaign when they face Costa Rica on Friday. Brazil has won its group in every World Cup since 1982 and most recently failed to get out of the first round in 1966.

Star forward Neymar was back in action after suffering a foot injury earlier this year, and scored twice with flair in the last two matches.

From then on, it was all Brazil with Switzerland defending with 10 behind the ball, trying to keep the game level.

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Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer can't stop a shot from Brazil's Philippe Coutinho.

It took Coutinho just 20 minutes to announce his arrival at the finals in style when he smashed Brazil into the lead.

Switzerland will be more than happy to take a point off Brazil, but they lacked ideas in attack, and it was no surprise their only goal came from a set piece.

It's a fantastic, golden point for Switzerland.

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