Livescore: Result of Brazil vs Switzerland

Marcelo and Brazil team-mates

Coutinho's ability to score from range adds another attacking dimension to Tite's team, particularly when Brazil are finding it hard to break down defensively organized teams.

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic will play a 4-2-3-1 formation and has kept faith with striker Haris Seferovic even though the forward did not start a league game for Benfica in 2018, while veteran attacking midfielder Blerim Dzemaili plays ahead of Remo Freuler.

It took Coutinho just 20 minutes to announce his arrival at the finals in style when he smashed Brazil into the lead.

Marcelo's cross was cleared only as far as Coutinho, who took a touch before curling an unstoppable right foot shot beyond the keeper's despairing dive and inside the far post.

Five minutes into the second half, Switzerland did manage to equalise when Steven Zuber headed home a corner-kick from a four-yards out, 1-1.

"Well, I believe it is practically impossible to completely neutralise Neymar over 90 minutes, he's probably the best and most complete in that position in the world", the defender told reporters, according to FourFourTwo. It didn't help that he was the obvious focus for Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic, who made sure the most risky player on the field was surrounded at all times.

Brazil were unhappy that Zuber wasn't penalised for a slight push on Miranda for the equaliser and felt hard done by again when Jesus tumbled under a challenge from Manuel Akanji inside the area with Mexican referee Cesar Ramos unmoved.

However, the keeper was relieved to see Miranda drag an injury-time volley inches wide as his side emerged with a precious point.

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