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FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil held 1-1 by Switzerland - As it happened

Brazil looked set to open the Swiss floodgates, but a header by Switzerland's Steven Zuber turned the match into Switzerland’s foothold.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil held 1-1 by Switzerland - As it happened
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Rostov-on-Don: After Philippe Coutinho scored the opening goal with a curling shot from distance, Brazil looked set to open the Swiss floodgates, but a header by Switzerland's Steven Zuber turned the match into Switzerland’s foothold. Switzerland will take away a lot of confidence with the 1-1  draw and would fancy their chances to qualify for the knockout stages. Heavyweights have all stumbled in their opening matches, Germany went down 1-0 to Mexico and Argentina had to settle with a 1-1 draw against minnows Iceland. The Samba boys need to take some time out to figure out their routine as they face Costa Rica and Serbia next. For now, Serbia enjoys the top spot in Group E. 

Here are the updates from the match:

Switzerland 1-1 Brazil 


90+ 5 minute: Neymar does not go for a shot directly. Switzerland concedes a corner. 

90+4 minute: FREE-KICK! Can Neymar deliver for Brazil? 

90+2 minute: The Brazillian supporters look tense as they head towards a draw.

5 minutes of  Stoppage time!

90 minute: What a SAVE!! Goalkeeper Sommer keeps Switzerland's hopes alive with a brilliant save off a free-kick. 

89 minute: Free-kick for Brazil. 

87 minute: Brazil are under pressure and need to act quick as they run out of time. 

85 minute: Brazil have failed to operate smoothly in the second-half. Can they seal a win from here? they sure have the firepower for it. But Mexico are not going to down without a fight. 

6 minutes to go 

81 minute:  Switzerland look positive but need to be on their toes in final minutes of the match.  

80 minute: Substitution! Switzerland's Embolo in for Seferović

79 minute: Substitution for Brazil. Roberto Firmino replaces Gabriel Jesus. 

76 minute: The Brazilians are forced to shoot from distance. Neymar finds some space outside the penalty box, but shoots it directly into the hands of the goalkeeper. 

74 minute: The Swiss defenders have been brilliant in the second half as they cramp Neymar for space. 

73 minute:  Gabriel Jesus goes down in the penalty box but the referee shows no interest there. Plays on. No Penalty. 

69 minute: Substitution for Switzerland! Zakaria replaces the tired Behrami.

68 minute: Coutinho had a chance there to take the lead but shoots it wide. 

67 minute: Yellow card! Third booking for Switzerland. Behrami gets a yellow card for bring Neymar down. 

66 minute: Substitution for Brazil. Augusto replaces Paulinho. 

65 minute: Corner for Brazil. Switzerland defends well. 

64 minute: Yellow card! Switzerland player gets a yellow card for pulling Neymar's shirt. 

63 minute: Switzerland are looking to threaten in the right-flank. Brazil look tense. 

61 minute: Brazil are starting to lose their way, as Switzerland are up and attacking in the midfield. 

59 minute:  Substitution! Brazil's Fernandinho replaces Casemiro.

58 minute: Free-kick to Brazil after Marcelo gets fouled. Casemiro shoots the ball high.

56 minute: Corner for Brazil. Neymar does not look comfortable as he limps. 

55 minute:  It will be interesting to see what Brazil can come up with after that stunning goal from Switzerland. 

53 minute: The cheers are back on and the stadium is once again electrified. Can Switzerland stage an upset here? 

Switzerland 1-1 Brazil

49 minute: GOAL!!! Switzerland equalises off a corner. Zuber scores a brilliant header into the Brazillian net, the goalkeeper had no chance of stopping that. Switzerland 1-1 Brazil 

47 minute:  Brazil look to threaten up-front, in the early minutes of the second-half. 

46 minute: Yellow card!  Casemiro gets booked for a foul. 

Second-half is underway

Brazil 1-0 Switzerland 


45+1 minute: Corner for Brazil in the dying minutes of the first-half. Powerful header but goes high. 

2 minutes of stoppage time

43 minute: Switzerland, on a positive note, would be happy with the goal deficit so far, given Brazil's brilliant first-touch passing and through balls up-front. 

40 minute: Neymar goes down after the Swiss player makes a clean tackle. Neymar has a reputation of going down easily. 

39 minute: Though Brazil have been impressive with their play and Switzerland show no signs of panic as they try and create space up-front. 

36 minute: Switzerland miss a golden opportunity. A brilliant through ball but the Swiss forward could not make the most of it. 

33 minute: Switzerland are trying to build a foothold in the game, Brazil, on the other hand, look calm. 

32 minute: Corner for Brazil, the Brazillian does make a contact to the ball but fails to direct it. 

31 minute: Yellow card! Lichtsteiner concedes a free-kick to Brazil after a bad foul on Neymar, gets booked. 

29 minute: Switzerland are attacking but are giving away the ball up-front. 

28 minutes: Switzerland try to create space from the left-flank but Marcelo slides to clear the ball. 

23 minute: Corner for Switzerland! Can they breach the Brazillian defence? Not yet, as the ball gets cleared. 

22 minute: Brazil's Coutinho has electrified the Rostov Arena with his goal. Brazil will hunt for more. 

Brazil 1-0 Switzerland!

20 minute: Viva Brazil!!! GOAL!!!  Coutinho curls a stunner into the top-right corner. Brazil 1-0 Switzerland. 

16 minute: Brazil have had a lot of touches in the Swiss box. Calm before the storm?

14 minute: Neymar goes down. Free-kick to Brazil. This could be dangerous. Neymar hits the Swiss wall.

13 minute: Sommer tries to keep his calm as Brazil are up and attacking. 

11 minute: Great effort! Brazil finally have a shot at the Swiss goal, but the ball goes wide. Brazil in control. 

8 minute: It is a slow start at the Rostov Arena, Brazil look to threaten from the left.

7 minute: Brazil's Paulinho tries to break the Swiss defence but gets blocked. 

4 minute: While there has been a lot of talk about Neymar, left-back Marcelo could prove to be the difference between the two sides, up-front. 

2 minute: Switzerland make the first charge of the match, as the forward clouds one past the crossbar. 


Brazil XI: Alisson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar

Switzerland XI: Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schär, Akanji, Rodríguez; Behrami, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic

Brazil full squad:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma/ITA), Cassio (Corinthians), Ederson (Man City/ENG)

Defenders: Danilo (Man City/ENG), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid/ESP), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Miranda (Inter Milan/ITA), Marquinhos (PSG/FRA), Thiago Silva (PSG/FRA), Geromel (Gremio)

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid/ESP), Fernandinho (Man City/ENG), Paulinho (Barcelona/ESP), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan/CHN), Fred (Shakhtar Donestk/UKR), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona/ESP), Willian (Chelsea/ENG)

Forwards: Neymar (PSG/FRA), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City/ENG), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/ENG), Douglas Costa (Juventus/ITA), Taison (Shakhtar Donestk/UKR)

Switzerland full squad:

Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig/GER) and Yann Sommer (Borussia M'gladbach/GER)

Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor/TUR), Nico Elvedi (Borussia M'gladbach/GER), Michael Lang (FC Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus/ITA), Jacques-François Moubandje (Toulouse/FRA), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan/ITA), Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna/ESP)

Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese/ITA), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City/ENG), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal/ENG), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna/ITA), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Remo Freuler (Atalanta/ITA), Denis Zakaria (Borussia M'gladbach/GER) and Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim/GER)

Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia M'gladbach/GER), Breel Embolo (Schalke 04/GER), Mario Gavranovic(Dinamo Zagreb/CRO), Haris Seferovic (Benfica/POR)