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.
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
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