Philippe Coutinho Nets Stunner But Brazil Held By Solid Switzerland (Photos & Video)

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Roberto Firmino came off the bench as Brazil got their World Cup campaign under way with a 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Sunday.

As if to prove that point, Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil the lead with an absolutely exquisite goal in the 20th minute, collecting the ball on the left corner of the penalty area and whipping a flawless shot off the far post and into the net. But while that might be true of this injury, it is not necessarily true of his indulgent play and its influence on the team.

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It was also the first time Brazil had not won a World Cup opener since drawing 1-1 with Sweden in the 1978 tournament. There was a lot of anxiety, too much pressure, and it translated into our way of playing.

"What we can do is to calm down", Lasmar said. Now we need to refocus for our next game.

Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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The record seven-time African champions have qualified for the World Cup for only the third time and first since 1990. They also drew with Colombia‚ Ghana and Kuwait‚ and lost to Greece and Portugal.

Steven Zuber appeared to push Miranda before heading home a second-half goal that saw Tite's side held 1-1 in a Group E clash at Rostov Arena.

"I was hit and it was aching, but [it's] nothing to worry", Neymar said after the match, quoted by the Sun. The second play you can interpret but the first one you can't discuss - the people responsible for that must work within fairness. They got a draw with Brazil at the World Cup: That's something you try to grab by any means necessary. In the first half we encountered some difficulties, we were not able to put into practice what we wanted, and we invited the opponent to be risky.

Phillipe Coutinho, who opened the scoring against Switzerland, said after the game that Brazil expect to be targeted by opponents.

The result means that Serbia lead Group E after beating Costa Rica 1-0 earlier in the day.

"He looked to create space and create opportunity, and I think the opposing defence's players were not well-positioned", he said.

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