Switzerland hold Brazil to a 1-1 draw

Steven Zuber’s second half header denies Brazil all three point in their opening game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after Philippe Coutinho had given them the lead in the first half.

Everything seemed good for Brazil ever since Tite took over as head coach, they became the first South American side to qualify for the 2018 World Cup but failed to grab all three points against Switzerland.

Philippe Coutinho’s thunderous strike gave Brazil the lead. The constant penetration into Swiss box worked for Brazil, with Coutinho utilising the pressure to strike from outside the box. Marcelo’s cross was headed away by Swiss defender but it landed in front of Coutinho, 25 yards out, and the thunderous right-footed curler found the Swiss net.

Switzerland came into the second half much stronger by pressing Brazilian for the equaliser. The equaliser eventually came through Steven Zuber. Xherdan Shaqiri curled the ball in the Brazil box and the unmarked Zuber jump high to head it in the goal over the Brazil goalkeeper from the four yards out. Awry defending by Brazil, no man marking in front of the goal mouth.

The five time winners of the World Cup created lot of chances in search of the winner but luck eluded them as all their efforts went wasted.