Brazil held by plucky Switzerland

Brazil held by plucky Switzerland

Brazil held by plucky Switzerland

Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil the lead with a stunning first-half strike, but they were denied an opening win.

Following Sunday's results, Serbia occupy top spot in Group E, followed by Brazil and Switzerland respectively, while Costa Rica sit bottom.

"We got a draw but this is only the beginning for us".

Brazil hasn't lost in the group stage since a 1998 setback against Norway, going 10-0-2 since.

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Besides Brazil and Germany, Argentina was held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland on Saturday and Spain and Portugal played to a 3-3 draw on Friday.

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

Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner admits it's impossible to neutralise Brazil star Neymar for an entire match.

Coutinho's ability to score from range adds another attacking dimension to Tite's team, particularly when Brazil are finding it hard to break down defensively organized teams.

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The best three may have come after the 90th minute; first Sommer fought off Roberto Firmino's point-blank header, then central defender Joao Miranda pulled a shot wide before Neymar's squandered free kick.

Still, Brazil always looked in control until they ceded a corner and Zuber took full advantage of their collective lapse of concentration.

Brazil threw players forward in the dying minutes of the match and had numerous goal scoring chances, but they could not find the back of the net as Switzerland stood firm to earn a point as the match ended all-square.

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