Firmino features as Brazil held by Switzerland

Emmett Rice
June 18, 2018

Ronaldo led Portugal to a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain in their opening game of the tournament.

Switzerland saw plenty of the ball after the goal but lacked quality in the final third.

Just before halftime, Brazil had a chance to double its lead after Marcelo won a corner kick, with Thiago Silva's glancing header flying just over the crossbar.

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Despite Neymar's best efforts, Brazil lacked a spark in the final third until the closing stages where they should have bagged a victor.

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The tempo slowed and the atmosphere flattened after the restart, giving the whole thing the feel of a friendly match. If they can do likewise against Egypt next week, they have an excellent chance of making the knockout stages.

Brazil haven't lost to a European team since their hammering by Germany at the 2014 World Cup, but they were beaten when they last came up against Switzerland in 2013.

Paulinho passed up a glorious chance when his scuffed effort from close range was turned behind by Yann Sommer. The teams last met in global competition in 2013, when Switzerland posted a 1-0 win in a friendly.

Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal. With Granit Xhaka in the middle and Breel Embolo and Xherdan Shaqiri in the attack, the sixth-ranked team in the world will look to pile more World Cup misery onto its opponent.

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