Steven Zuber denies Brazil opening win as Switzerland secure a point

Carla Harmon
June 17, 2018

The South American powerhouse is a perennial contender and this campaign they certainly have the assets in all thirds to emerge victorious.

The Selecao, who had won nine-straight World Cup openers coming into the match, were firmly on the front foot from the outset and might have been ahead just past the 10-minute mark had Paulinho not scuffed his close-range shot just wide of the far post. Switzerland won't be a breeze, even if its No. 6 position in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings is a touch lofty.

Switzerland are slight favorites to get out of the group stage with Brazil over Serbia and Costa Rica.

The World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Switzerland match begins at 11:30 pm (IST). 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.

But Switzerland successfully resisted late Brazilian pressure to earn a point in their opening Group E fixture.

Having bowed out of their home tournament four years ago with a 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany, Brazil initially started their mission to put that humiliation behind them in stunning fashion when Philippe Coutinho struck a sublime goal to open the scoring.

Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer can't stop a shot from Brazil's Philippe Coutinho.

While it would be a coup for Switzerland to emerge with three points and promising if it could manage a draw, the Swiss have done it before.

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