Brazil need solutions after coming unstuck against Swiss

Arnold Nichols
June 20, 2018

Brazil had got off to the flawless start when Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho curled home a superb 20th-minute opener, but the Swiss responded with a display of real character and got their reward, despite a series of late scares, courtesy of Zuber's header.

"We're here to win the game".

"I'm not here to have a lovely game, but to win", coach Vladimir Petkovic said Saturday.

World Cup Group E game between Brazil and Switzerland.

Neymar of Brazil reacts to a missed chance during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

Paris St Germain forward Neymar has been battling back from injury having suffered a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle in February. The five-time world champions went about their task of erasing the memories of a 7-1 thrashing by Germany on home soil four years ago purposefully early on. "It was one of the key ingredients to neutralise Neymar".

For Loew, "we played badly", gave the Mexicans too much space, lost too many balls and rushed chances under pressure.

In addition, the "Verdeamarela" team ended a nine-match winning streak in the opening match in the World Cup after winning his first games since 1982 to 2014.

Not forgetting, the favourites Brazil will be gutted to have not got revenge on Switzerland after a handful of the current squad including, Alisson, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Casemiro were knocked out of their U17 World Cup group by their opponents.

"We had real difficulties in the first 40 minutes, I said "let's remain calm, focused and believe in ourselves, push up higher up the pitch and create opportunities to score".

Asked about the two incidents at his post-match press conference, Tite said: "I'd like to answer another question in terms of the performance, otherwise it sounds like an excuse for the draw, but I'm not going to run away from this question".

Cesar Ramos, one of the match's referees, dismissed complaints that Zuber had shoved Brazilian defender Miranda before getting to the corner from Xherdan Shaqiri. We had 20 finishes but we should have make the goalkeeper work harder. "We will continue to play with this consistency".

"I don't think this is the moment to release our strategy, we have to keep it under wraps".

Brazil travelled to Russian Federation after a triumphant set of results in their warm-up matches but were disappointing in their Group E opener on Sunday as a very solid Swiss side showed why they are now sixth in the FIFA rankings, reports Xinhua news agency.

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