Brazil vs Switzerland (LIVE UPDATES): Neymar takes center stage in Russia

Coutinho celebrates (Photo Credit: Reuters)
Coutinho celebrates (Photo Credit: Reuters)

The world has seen Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in action for their various countries; but now it is the turn of Neymar to prove his worth as the world’s most expensive player.

After missing out on a golden opportunity to extend their World Cup titles to six on home soil last time out, the Brazil national team are set to begin the chase for fresh glory in Russia.

Neymar and the Samba Boys are billed to face Switzerland in the second game of Group F as Serbia and Costa Rica got off action in the group earlier in the day.

With their lone goal win over Costa Rica, Serbia currently top Group F but Brazil will be looking to topple them after 90 minutes of action at the Rostov Arena.

This Sunday night tie will be the ninth international meeting between these two teams, and Brazil lead the head-to-head with three wins to two.

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BRAZIL XI: Alisson; Danilo, Thiago, Miranda, Marcelo; Coutinho, Casemiro, Paulinho; Neymar, Jesus, Willian

SWITZERLAND XI: Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Shaqiri, Behrami, Xhaka, Zuber; Dzemaili; Seferovic


KICKOFF!!! Brazil and Switzerland underway


The referee signals a free kick as Valon Behrami from Switzerland trips Neymar


Brazil’s Thiago Silva stops a promising attack with an interception.


Brazil pressing hard for the first goal



CHANCE!!! Paulinho very close but balls goes away from the net


Paulinho has been heavily involved for Brazil thus far, but we have not seen too much from Gabriel Jesus.


Jesus tries to lob the ball to find Marcelo but ball rolls off for a goal kick


Free kick as Valon Behrami from Switzerland trips Neymar


Neymar takes the kick himself but it goes straight into the wall


Gabriel Jesus fails to get the ball across again



GOALLLL….. Coutinho with a stunner

What a way to celebrate his birthday this week curling home the ball to give Brazil the deserved lead


Ball possession: Brazil: 60%, Switzerland: 40%.


Collision… Brazil’s Casemerio receives medical attention on the pitch


Neymar tries a run on the left flank but disposed


Paulinho wins a free kick for Brazil just near the center circle


First booking… Switzerland skipper Stephan Lichtsteiner gets a yellow card for pulling down Neymar


Half-chance for Jesus as the Manchester City forward meets a corner from Neymar, but his header is away from goal.


Good possession for Switzerland, but they are not really creating anything fantastic



Gabriel Jesus breaks into the Switzerland box, but Akanji does really well to make the challenge.


Two minutes added time


Marcelo wins a corner for Brazil as his shot is blocked


HALF-TIME Brazil 1-0 Switzerland

Summary

The two teams actually shared the possession in the first period, but Brazil had five attempts to Switzerland’s two. The game’s only attempt on target was Coutinho’s strike. Just one yellow card to report so far in Rostov and that came for Switzerland captain Lichtsteiner in the 31st minute


Brazil get the second half underway


No changes from either side at the break


Another yellow card and it is going to Brazil’s Casemerio


Goal… from nowhere.. Zuber gets the equalizer for Switzerland


Switzerland are on level terms now as Zuber heads a corner into the back of the Brazilian net from close range. The number 14 was given far too much space inside the box!



Coutinho again but his shot blocked twice … Neymar also tries his luck but his effort blocked for a corner kick


Brazil make the first change… Casemerio pulled out for Fernandinho


Switzerland is trying to create something here, they have grown in confidence the more after that equaliser


Switzerland’s Schar get a Yellow Card for a foul on Neymar again


Fernandinho tries a long-range shot but it is blocked off


Another change for Brazil as Renato Augusto comes in for Paulinho


The Swiss players keeping fouling Neymar and they are being punished…Behrami gets a yellow card


CHANCE: Coutinho chests the ball down in the Swiss box but his final touch is off target


SWITZERLAND SUB! Behrami is replaced by Zakaria.


Shout for penalty by Gabriel Jesus waved off


BRAZIL SUB: Roberto Firminho comes in to replace Gabriel Jesus


New entrant, Firminho tries an ambitious shot from inside the box but goes over the bar


Time ticking away for both teams… Still Brazil 1-1 Switzerland


Neymar sneaks in with a header but the Swiss keeper makes a good save


Goalkeeper Yann Sommer has been fantastic for Switzerland with many saves tonight


Five minutes added time already running down


Another free-kick won by Neymar,,, Can he bend it in?


Almost … Neymar lobs in but the Swiss clear


FULL TIME Brazil 1-1 Switzerland

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