Russian Federation 2018: Brazil held, Mexico stun champions Germany

Russian Federation 2018: Brazil held, Mexico stun champions Germany

Brazil forward Neymar has called on the officials at this summer's World Cup to "do their job" following an incident-filled encounter with Switzerland. "We will continue to play with this consistency".

Tite's Brazil have been widely tipped to win the tournament but delivered a somewhat lacklustre performance against Switzerland on Sunday evening, drawing 1-1 after Philippe Coutinho's superb opener was cancelled out in the second half.

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. Mexican referee Cesar Ramos dismissed complaints Zuber had shoved defender Miranda before getting to the corner from Xherdan Shaqiri. "It was one of the key ingredients to neutralise Neymar".

They won all of their next nine games in qualifying and narrowly overcame Northern Ireland 1-0 in a playoff to make it to Russian Federation. But after Switzerland tied the game, the 26-year-old did not demonstrate the effort to help his country reach the win they were looking for.

"We had real difficulties in the first 40 minutes, I said "let's remain calm, focused and believe in ourselves, push up higher up the pitch and create opportunities to score". Coutinho had Brazil's best chance after the break but shot wide. "We can have one player being the protagonist in one game, then another in the next one, but the most important thing is the group".

"All matches will be like this and we have to live with that".

Brazil travelled to Russian Federation after a triumphant set of results in their warm-up matches but were disappointing in their Group E opener on Sunday as a very solid Swiss side showed why they are now sixth in the FIFA rankings, reports Xinhua news agency. "We must be wary that they are very strong".

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Given the success of Switzerland's rugged approach, Neymar can expect more of the same against Costa Rica and Serbia with the pressure upped on Brazil to rediscover the form they showed in qualifying.

Brazil meet Costa Rica on Friday, before finishing their Group E fixtures against Serbia.

"But of course I'm not happy with the result and of course I wanted to win tonight".

According to Behrami, the first Swiss player to feature in four World Cups, the outcome will be different this time. "This team can produce more", he said.

"I think that when you play a World Cup you can only be excited", Djourou said.

"It was an fantastic goal", Costa Rica defender Bryan Oviedo said of Kolarov's effort.

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