ExZUBERant! - Switzerland hold Brazil to surprise 1-1 draw

Ross Houston
June 19, 2018

Brazil drew 1-1 with Switzerland in their opening Group E clash on Sunday.

Neymar was making his first competitive appearance since February, having missed the latter stages of Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 title-winning campaign because of a fractured foot, and urged referees to protect him from consistent fouling. "This result does not make the next game more important because at a World Cup every game is important".

Switzerland clearly made a decision to test Neymar's constitution early on, with their more physical players taking turns to aim a few well-placed but unsubtle kicks at Brazil's No. 10 in his first competitive game since February following surgery on his right foot.

While the performance of the Latin American favourite team led to a lot of debate online, Switzerland's rough defence to Brazil's star players, Neymar Jr also got people talking on the virtual world.

Neymar claims Zuber pushed Miranda before scoring Switzerland's equalizer.

Stay tuned for more Brazilian magic. As well as interpreting that the Switzerland goal [by Steven Zuber] wasn't a foul.

VAR is making its World Cup bow in Russian Federation, with FIFA stating it should only be used to "correct clear and obvious errors and missed incidents in clearly defined match-changing decisions". "I have to play football, I do not have to worry about it".

With World Cup time upon us, Rob Pizzo breaks down what you need to know about one of the biggest events in the world.

There are many players at the 2018 FIFA World Cup that have the weight of a whole country on their shoulders, but if one man stands out on the pitch, it's Neymar. "We had 20 shots, but majority were off-target".

"I feel what they've got up front is fantastic".

Despite Brazil's optimism, the team is wary of Sunday's opponents.

"There's the video referee, they've seen it, but they did not think it was for that".

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