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Brazil suffer first night nerves in Swiss stalemate

Update: June, 18/2018 - 11:00
Fabian Schaer (second left) of Switzerland vies with Miranda (first right) of Brazil during a group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, June 17. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. Xinhua Photo
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ROSTOV-ON-DON — Coach Tite blamed first night nerves after Brazil’s bid for a sixth World Cup got off to a rocky start as Switzerland withstood an early onslaught to snatch a 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday.

On the day when holders Germany were shocked 1-0 by Mexico, Brazil’s tag as pre-tournament favourites looked justified in a dominant first-half capped by Philippe Coutinho’s wonder strike to open the scoring.

However, Brazil paid for their failure to kill the game off when Steven Zuber powered home an equaliser from Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner five minutes after the break.

The pressure will now be on Brazil to kickstart their campaign when they face Costa Rica on Friday.

The stalemate left Tite unimpressed.

"I’m not happy with this result. Our finishing wasn’t good. We had 20 chances, but too many shots were off target. We should have made their keeper work harder than that.

"I put it down to stress, first match nerves, that’s true for me too," the Brazil boss said. — AFP

 

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