Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland: Neymar Wants Protections From Referees

Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland: Neymar Wants Protections From Referees

Steven Zuber's thumping header secured a surprising draw for Switzerland in their opening Group E game against the World Cup favourites Brazil.

Tite did not complain that his side were denied a penalty when Manuel Akanji wrapped his arms around Gabriel Jesus and had little sympathy with claims some of his players had been fouled when Switzerland levelled.

Brazil next faces Costa Rica on Friday in St. Petersburg and anything but victory will be a disaster.

"But of course I'm not happy with the result and of course I wanted to win tonight". Our finishing wasn't good. We had 20 chances, but too many shots were off target (14).

The side are "not here to make a lovely match", he said.

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".

"It was an awesome goal", Costa Rica defender Bryan Oviedo said of Kolarov's effort. The teams last met in worldwide competition in 2013, when Switzerland posted a 1-0 win in a friendly.

And then the Nati held off the powerful Brazilian attack to grab the point.

If Brazil top Group E and holders Germany finish second in Group F following their shock 1-0 defeat by Mexico, the two sides would meet in the last 16.

Everyone knows what happened to Seleção in the semi-final, a 7-1 pulverisation at the hands of Germany, but they are out for revenge in Russian Federation this summer, but their group stage fixtures didn't get off to an ideal start.

But Coutinho is not looking beyond Group E.

The Roma defender made the crucial breakthrough early in the second half with a magnificent effort, and although Serbia missed chances to further extend their lead, they were not overly troubled by the Costa Ricans.

The Swiss were fortunate to earn a draw when you consider that Brazil had won 37 of the 40 previous World Cup games during which they scored first.

"Brazil is one of the favourites of the tournament, but Switzerland are always hard to handle, we are well organised and we can bother big teams", he told Goal.com.

"We have a lot of great players in the national team and each one of them has his own responsibility", Coutinho said. But three points would put Brazil right back in position to advance from the group.

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