Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Switzerland hold five-time champs Brazil to 1-1 draw in opener

Switzerland hold five-time champs Brazil to 1-1 draw in opener

Switzerland held Brazil to a 1-1 draw in another upset at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation on Sunday.

The South American powerhouse is a perennial contender and this campaign they certainly have the assets in all thirds to emerge victorious.

Add Brazil to the list of World Cup contenders that ran into a roadblock in the opening match of the tournament. Switzerland won't be a breeze, even if its No. 6 position in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings is a touch lofty.

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Their promising start could not last and soon Switzerland were sitting back as Brazil passed the ball crisply around the pitch, nearly finding a breakthrough when Paulinho dragged a shot across the face of goal and wide of the far post with 10 minutes played. Group E is Brazil's to win, and the other three nations will nearly assuredly be fighting for second place. With Granit Xhaka in the middle and Breel Embolo and Xherdan Shaqiri in the attack, the sixth-ranked team in the world will look to pile more World Cup misery onto its opponent.

Switzerland had offered barely any attacking threat before levelling when Zuber took advantage of a gaping hole in the heart of the Brazilian defence to head home Shaqiri's corner.

Brazil is the favorite to win Group E and enters today's game knowing that Serbia picked up 3 points with a win over Costa Rica earlier in the day.

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However, Brazil failed to build on their lead as Thiago Silva and Jesus headed off target from unsafe corners and were made to pay early in the second half. Yann Sommer made some big stops in the final 20 minutes, but Brazil was also wasteful.

HT: Brazil 1 vs Switzerland 0 - A stunning Phillipe Coutinho free-kick has given the Selecao a 1-0 lead at the break.

It's a fantastic, golden point for Switzerland.

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