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.


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


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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.


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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

FULL TIME Brazil 1-1 Switzerland

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