World Cup big guns continue to struggle as Brazil draws with Switzerland

Calvin Saunders
June 18, 2018

/ AFP PHOTOBrazil's midfielder Fernandinho (top) and Switzerland's forward Breel Embolo compete for the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Switzerland at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on June 17, 2018.

In Brazil's first World Cup game since a 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil knocked them out of the competition four years ago, the five-time champions did nothing to suggest that they will add a sixth title to their record haul at Russian Federation 2018.

The five-time champions, so often lauded for their flair, failed to sparkle after Philippe Coutinho's superbly curled opener on 20 minutes.

The last game that Brazil played was the 7-1 defeat at the feet of Germany, a game where their star player Neymar was out due to injury.

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The World Cup match between Brazil and Switzerland will be broadcast live on FS1.

Brazil had chances to win it late on, but goalkeeper Yann Sommer saved headers by Neymar and substitute Roberto Firmino, and Miranda fired a great chance wide.

Petkovic also said there was nothing wrong with Steven Zuber's equaliser on Sunday despite Brazilian claims that a defender was pushed. It was Coutinho's 11th goal in 37 matches with Brazil. 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. At times, he linked encouragingly with Neymar, which bodes well for the remainder of the tournament.

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