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Coutinho expects more Neymar punishment at World Cup

Coutinho expects more Neymar punishment at World Cup

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.

"We have the quality to win games and we go into every game to try to win". We have to be very cohesive as a team and close the gaps when we confront those individual players.

Pre-tournament favourites Brazil failed to win their opening game of a World Cup for the first time since 1978 as Switzerland earned a valuable 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don. Tite's men ended as they had begun with a series of chances for a late victor as Neymar and Roberto Firmino headed straight at Sommer before Miranda dragged a shot inches wide.

"Of course, neutralizing Neymar was a key ingredient of our game", said Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic, dismissing charges that the star forward had been treated harshly.

"We know they'll give us some hard moments, games at the highest level demand so much of you and force you to raise your performance".

ROSTOV-ON-DON: Switzerland's midfielder Steven Zuber (L) scores against Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group E match.




Brazil are incorrect with their assessment that Switzerland's equaliser in their World Cup Group E clash should not have stood, according to Xherdan Shaqiri. Two thirds of the match I was happy, then the opposition grew stronger and we were not blocking enough.

"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".

Having taken the lead, Brazil slowed the pace of the game down and frustrated Switzerland, whose only subsequent attacking foray before half-time ended disappointingly with Zuber firing a shot straight into Thiago Silva, who headed narrowly over the crossbar at the other end just before the interval. "We had some great moments and positive moments. We will continue to play with that consistency".

As a result of their lack of influence on Brazil's game, Casemiro, Paulinho, and Jesus were substituted in the second half by Renato Augusto, Fernandinho, and Roberto Firmino respectively, but none of them could make a single thing to change the final scored.

After blanking against Switzerland he'll be looking to open his account when Brazil face Costa Rica (June 22) before ending their group phase campaign against Serbia (June 27).

"I think I came off at the right time but I will have to monitor the situation", he said.

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