Steven Zuber denies Brazil opening win as Switzerland secure a point

Steven Zuber denies Brazil opening win as Switzerland secure a point

Steven Zuber denies Brazil opening win as Switzerland secure a point

"The team was looking to move the ball and to work out rivals, but this will serve as a lesson, we have to be a bit cooler and more precise", said Tite.

Petkovic also said there was nothing wrong with Steven Zuber's equaliser on Sunday despite Brazilian claims that a defender was pushed.

The Paris Saint-Germain player was limping when he talked to reporters after the match.

In midfield, Valon Behrami was relentless in his pursuit of Neymar, keeping the PSG superstar subdued for large periods of the game.

"I'm very glad to score but what was important was our effort to win and what we did as a team is what counts", Coutinho said.

As a result of their lack of influence on Brazil's game, Casemiro, Paulinho, and Jesus were substituted in the second half by Renato Augusto, Fernandinho, and Roberto Firmino respectively, but none of them could make a single thing to change the final scored. Of course we want to win.

Fans react as they watch the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Group E soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland, at Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

With 20 minutes gone on Sunday, Coutinho gathered a clearance 25 yards from goal and curled a marvellous shot into the far corner off the post to give the five-time world champions the lead.

Some of that fearlessness could be traced back to 2009, when the Swiss beat Brazil 1-0 on the way to becoming under-17 world champions with a side that contained Granit Xhaka, Ricardo Rodriguez and Haris Seferovic from the current senior squad.

Throughout the game, Neymar was taken down again... "Now we need to think about the next match".

"We have a lot of great players in the national team and each one of them has his own responsibility", Coutinho said.

The PSG forward, who was making only his second start since a metatarsal injury ended his season in February, did not look as if he had fully recovered, as his coach had warned on the eve of the game by admitting his side's talisman was "not 100 percent". "And then the opposition grew stronger and we were not advancing enough".

A simple corner-kick routine brought them level and they held on for a point to preserve their record of not having lost an opening World Cup match since 1966.

The last time it didn't win its first game in a World Cup, Pele had just retired from soccer.

"No, with this team, it will not be like eight years ago", he said.

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