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- Author: Michelle Webb Jun 18, 2018,
Jun 18, 2018, 1:16
It took Coutinho just 20 minutes to announce his arrival at the finals in style when he smashed Brazil into the lead.
The Paris Saint-Germain star has looked impressive in recent friendlies, despite just recently recovering from a broken metatarsal.
But Vladimir Petkovic's men were back on terms within five minutes of the restart, much to the annoyance of the Brazilians.
Brazil came on strong in the closing stages as Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Miranda all went close but the resolute Swiss held on. It surely thought it would probably get nothing out of this game. But Neymar joined Argentina's Lionel Messi as superstars whose first-match performance left a lot to be desired, especially compared to Cristiano Ronaldo's unforgettable night against Spain.
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We have to be very cohesive as a team and close the gaps when we confront those individual players. The teams last met in worldwide competition in 2013, when Switzerland posted a 1-0 win in a friendly. There's a reason why it's the Swiss' highest-ever position, though.
The Hoffenheim defender cancelled out Philippe Coutinho's stunning first-half opener with a bullet header five minutes after the restart with the South Americans appealing in vain for a push on defender Miranda.
The pressure will now be on Brazil to kickstart their campaign when they face Costa Rica on Friday. Sunday's results also all but guarantee that at least three of the four squads will have everything to play for when Matchday 3 arrives on June 27.