Brazil 1-1 Switzerland

It was all going Brazil's way in the first half as Philippe Coutinho's sparkling, long-range effort gave the South American's the lead at 20 minutes.

"We have two more games where we will have to see what we need to improve in order to win".

"I hope that people will take notice of us and take us seriously, sometimes there's a lack of recognition and that's a pity because we played very well", Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic told reporters.

The Antalyaspor defender, though, accepts the calibre of opponent Switzerland faces against Brazil makes its opening task hard.

Battered and bruised by a barrage of Swiss fouls, Neymar hobbled out the Rostov Arena having failed to inspire the expected start to Brazil's World Cup, after the pre-tournament favourites were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland. Tite's men ended as they had begun with a series of chances for a late victor as Neymar and Roberto Firmino headed straight at Sommer before Miranda dragged a shot inches wide. "It was one of the key ingredients to neutralise Neymar".

The world's most expensive player appeared to be limping on several occasions during the second half, with rips in his socks clearly visible, but Coutinho said Neymar has shrugged off Switzerland's aggressive tactics.

ROSTOV-ON-DON: Switzerland's midfielder Steven Zuber (L) scores against Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group E match.

Tite admitted his side were wasteful throughout the match, saying via BBC Sport: "We had too many balls off target, if we had been a bit more focused we could have made the goalkeeper work a bit more". The latter will take on Switzerland in another important group-stage match the same day.

Brazilian coach, Tite, however in a post-match interview also hinted that his star player could be rested against Costa Rica following the fouls he received to enable him to remain fit for the other games ahead. It's a very clear play, it's very, very clear.

Defending champions Germany crashed to defeat in their first game at the World Cup on Sunday as an enterprising Mexico refused to be intimidated and came away 1-0 winners in a thrill-packed Group F opener.

After drawing 1-1 with the Swiss in their Group E opener, Brazil will have to beat Costa Rica on Friday if they want to avoid matching the 1970s barren run.

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.

  • Steve Townsend