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

Switzerland's Stephan Lichtsteiner listen to questions during a press conference before Switzerland official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don Ru

Switzerland's Stephan Lichtsteiner listen to questions during a press conference before Switzerland official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don Ru

Behrami, who kept Brazil talisman Neymar quiet on Sunday, will, however, have to assess his fitness after being replaced in the second half because of a groin issue.

Brazil manager Tite indicated on Saturday that Neymar was not 100% heading into the game but was still fit enough to play. "We have only lost one of our last 5 games and we have showed we can react and that the team believes itself and can get results".

However, Switzerland, who had looked toothless throughout the first half, got back on level terms five minutes into the second period when Zuber rose unmarked to head home a corner kick.

Tite said he wouldn't make excuses for the disappointing scoreline. "It was a foul".

"I am proud of their determination", Petkovic said of his team. Of course we want to win.

"The draw will not shake us, some good teams have started the tournament losing, we're focused on our next game, where I'm sure we will play well and go all out for the win", he said. "There is some more work to be done and then be more effective with the finishes".

"On Wednesday, we go to Saint Petersburg for Friday's game (against Costa Rica)", said a Brazilian fan present at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Sunday during Mexico's shock 1-0 win over defending champions Germany.

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"I'm not surprised with the result", the Bosnian said.

After Philippe Coutinho curled in a beauty to open the scoring for Tite's men, Steven Zuber nodded in the equaliser for Switzerland in their Group E meeting. "You can interpret the penalty in any way but there's no way you can complain", he added.

Liverpool's No.9 was introduced 12 minutes from time at the Rostov Arena as Selecao coach Tite sought a late victor after Steven Zuber had equalised Philippe Coutinho's opener.

Earlier, Serbia beat Los Ticos 1-0 to move to the top of Group F. Coutinho had been handed a central role behind Neymar, on his first competitive game for four months, Gabriel Jesus and Willian in a line-up filled with attacking intent. It seemed a matter of time before Brazil's pressure paid dividends and the opener arrived in stunning style on 20 minutes.

The only nation to compete in every World Cup, Brazil has won five of the 20 championships, more than any other team. But he called for more protection from the referees in the upcoming matches.

Switzerland's rough treatment did him no favours, though he can likely expect a similar reception against Costa Rica and Serbia, too. "We have two decisive matches ahead of us".

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