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Neymar misses training for Brazil

Neymar misses training for Brazil

Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring for the five-time champions with this stunning signature curler in the first half.

"I hope they start looking up and taking notice of us and taking us seriously", said Petkovic, whose side held Spain to the same score in a warm-up friendly.

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

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.

Paris St Germain forward Neymar has been battling back from injury having suffered a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle in February.

Brazil's previous two World Cup matches saw them humiliated on home soil by a 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany in 2014 followed by a 3-0 loss to Holland in the third-placed play-off.

Brazil have failed to win their opening game of the World Cup for the first time since 1978 when they drew with Sweden.

"Of course, neutralizing Neymar was a key ingredient of our game", he added.

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Whatever he goes with, though, you feel most of it will depend on how well Neymar plays - if he is in the mood, Switzerland will struggle.

Brazil are incorrect with their assessment that Switzerland's equaliser in their World Cup Group E clash should not have stood, according to Xherdan Shaqiri. "We're not here to make a lovely match against Brazil but to win it".

Asked about the two incidents at his post-match press conference, Tite said: "I'd like to answer another question in terms of the performance, otherwise it sounds like an excuse for the draw, but I'm not going to run away from this question". We should have made their keeper work harder than that.

Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer controls the ball during Switzerland's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. "We will continue to play with this consistency".

Aleksandar Kolarov's brilliant second-half free-kick gave Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in their opening World Cup group match in Samara on Sunday.

The Swiss boss pointed out that perhaps the result is not as big a surprise as some may think: "I think we get a lack of recognition".

However, with one of Brazil's other major threats in Marcelo also operating down that flank, there is a risk that without the injured Dani Alves at right-back, Tite's men become unbalanced and easier to defend against.


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