Switzerland hold Brazil to 1-1 draw despite Coutinho masterclass

Switzerland hold Brazil to 1-1 draw despite Coutinho masterclass

It was a frustrating night for the five-time champions Brazil as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their opening Group E match.


Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil a perfect start by scoring a stunning goal in the 20th minute as they head to the half-time break with a 1-0 lead.


But Steven Zuber’s header early in the second half (50th minute) was enough for the Swiss to snatch a point from one of the tournament favourites.


Roberto Firmino and Breel Embolo were both introduced for the final 10 minutes of action, and the former fired one over the Switzerland crossbar moments after entering the action.


Neymar then headed into the arms of Sommer in the 88th minute, before the Switzerland goalkeeper denied Firmino moments later.


Miranda also came close to snatching it late for the Brazilians, with the centre-back’s volley falling just wide.


Next up for Brazil is a clash with Costa Rica on Friday afternoon, while Switzerland will take on group leaders Serbia.

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