Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland in Group E opener

World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Switzerland Neymar

World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Switzerland Neymar

On the day when holders Germany were shocked 1-0 by Mexico, Brazil's tag as pre-tournament favourites looked justified in a dominant first-half capped by Philippe Coutinho's wonder strike to open the scoring.

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.

Despite dictating the pace of the game, Brazil were never completely dominant and had Switzerland's rather toothless attack to thank for not taking advantage of the possession and space the underdogs were afforded. It was Coutinho's 11th goal in 37 matches with Brazil. Group E is Brazil's to win, and the other three nations will nearly assuredly be fighting for second place.

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Gerard Pique wishes Antoine Griezmann success after Barca snub
Griezmann joined Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014 and has scored 112 goals in all competitions for the club. He also posted a video on Twitter with the captain, "My fans, my team, my home".

Serbia leads the group with three points, Brazil and Switzerland have one and Costa Rica has zero. Steven Zuber then headed in the equalizer in the 50th. Yann Sommer made some big stops in the final 20 minutes, but Brazil was also wasteful.

Neymar fired into the side-netting from inside the penalty area and Fernandinho hit a speculative long-range shot wide to the left of the target as Brazil probed for a goal to restore their lead, but their attacks lacked the necessary urgency.

It's a fantastic, golden point for Switzerland.

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