Steven Zuber second-half goal canceled Philippe Coutinho stunner to held Brazil to 1-1 draw
Hot favorite Brazil was held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their 2018 FIFA World Cup, Group E match played at the Rostov Arena on Sunday night.
Switzerland had the first shot on goal in the third minute when a clever right-side ball from Xherdan Shaqiri found Blerim Dzemaili in space inside the box, but he fired just over from ten-yards distance..
Brazil´s first scoring chance came ten minutes later when a low left-sided cross from Neymar was met by Paulinho, but he scuffed his shot inches wide.
The Green and Yellow brigade kept building the pressure and found lead in the 20th minute when Philippe Coutinho curled a spectacular 22-yard effort into the top corner, 1-0.
The pace of the game slowed down a bit after the opening goal as Switzerland controlled the flow of the game and Brazil seemed content to sit back in defense.
Five minutes down second half Switzerland manages to bring in the equalizer when Steven Zuber headed home a corner-kick from a four-yard area.
Brazil looking to take the lead build up move and had the real chance 70th minute when Neymar cleverly sends the ball over the top of the Switzerland defense and found Coutinho in but his effort went wide post.
Roberto Firminho shot in the 82nd minute went inches over the crossbar from a tight angle. Switzerland stood firm to earn a point as they denied Brazil attack with confidence.
After Sunday clash Serbia occupy the top spot in Group E beating Costa Rica, followed by Brazil and Switzerland respectively, while Costa Rica stays at the bottom.
Full-time: Brazil 1-1 Switzerland
87: Substitution for Switzerland, Stephan Lichtsteiner OFF Michael Lang IN
80: Substitution for Switzerland, Haris Seferovic OFF Breel Embolo IN
79: Substitution for Brazil, Gabriel Jesus OFF Roberto Firmino IN
71: Substitution for Switzerland, Valon Behrami OFF Denis Zakaria IN
68: Yellow card Valon Behrami
67: Substitution for Brazil, Paulinho OFF Renato Augusto IN
65: Yellow card Fabian Schar
60: Substitution for Brazil, Casemiro OFF Fernandinho IN
50: Goal!! Steven Zuber scored for Switzerland
47: Yellow card Casemiro
46: Second half kicks off
Half-time: Brazil 1-0 Switzerland
45: Three minutes added
31: Yellow card Stephan Lichtsteiner
20: Goal!! Philippe Coutinho for Brazil
1: First half kick off
Switzerland Subs: Josip Domic, Breel Embolo, Johan Djourou, Francois Moubandje, Denis Zakaria, Gelson Fernandes, Michael Lang, Yvon Mvogo, Remo Freuler, Mario Gavranovic, Nico Elvedi, Roman Burki.
Switzerland Starting line-up: Yann Sommer, Stephan Lichtsteiner (c), Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez, Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Blerim Dzemaili, Steven Zuber, Haris Seferovic.
Brazil Subs: Ederson, Douglas Costa, Geromel, Taison, Roberto Firmino, Cassio, Marquinhos, Renato Augusto, Fagner, Filipe Luis, Fernandinho.
Brazil Starting line-up: Alisson, Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo (c), Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho, Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.