Brazil playing 1-1 draw was as surprising as Germany losing to Mexico and Argentina splitting points with Iceland in their respective opening games of the 21st FIFA World Cup. Hoping for full three points from their opening game, Brazil ended with a solitary point, same as gained by their opponents Switzerland.
Brazil has never lost or drawn their opening World Cup game in last 18 editions. But Switzerland, after conceding goal in the 20th minute, came back strongly to share honours with a return goal in the 50th minute.
Brazil has been one of those teams that has not missed World Cup finals in all 21 editions and Switzerland has lost only once in last 22 World Cup games.
Though much was expected from rising star of Brazilian soccer Neymar but he too failed to get his team full points in the opener. He had a free kick in the fifth and last minute of extra time given to cover up wastage during stipulated period.
It was Philippe Coutinho who put Brazil ahead. Sporting jersey number 11, it was Coutinho’s 11th goal. But this did not prove lucky for Brazil.
In the 50th minute when Zuber headed in the equaliser for Switzerland, Brazilian team was shell shocked. It was Zuber’s fourth goal.
The last five minutes of pulsating soccer with the South Americans pressing hard for a match winner got all thwarted by the spirited Swiss who defended their fort stoically to earn an important point and stay in hunt for a place in the next round.