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Guide to the best World Cup free bets and offers What is it? The second round of matches is underway as South Korea take on Mexico in Group F. The Koreans lost their opening match against Sweden - so for them this is a must-win game - while Mexico caused one of the upsets of the tournament in round one by beating reigning champions Germany 1-0. When is it? It's today, so Saturday, June 23. What time is kick-off? 4pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV 1. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? Rostov Arena, in Rostov-On-Don. World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena What is the team news? South Korea full-back Park Joo-ho has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat by Sweden on Monday that will sideline him for up to three weeks. The 31 year-old sustained the injury in the first half while trying to keep a wild pass in play and was taken off the pitch on a stretcher before being replaced at left-back by Kim Min-woo. Park will remain with the squad even though he will not be able to play in the matches against Mexico and Germany. Kim later gave away the penalty, awarded after a video review, that decided the match in Nizhny Novgorod and left South Korea with a mountain to climb if they are to get out of Group F. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game The squads in full: South Korea Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United) Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg). ----- Mexico Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders: Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV). World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news? Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country's football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, arguing it could lead to further fines from Fifa. Hernandez posted a message on Instagram on Wednesday asking fans to end their derogatory chants during their opponents' goal kicks. "To all Mexican fans in the stadiums, don't shout 'puto'," Hernandez said. "Let's not risk another sanction." Mexicans have long shouted the word - slang for a male sex worker - which gay rights groups argue is homophobic. Although the Mexican team has appealed before for an end to the chants – the players even released a video on the subject in 2016 – some supporters have not relented. test - do not delete Thousands of Mexican fans have flooded into Russia for the World Cup and some chanted the abuse during the match against Germany on Sunday, prompting Fifa to announce disciplinary procedures earlier this week. The Mexican football federation (FMF) was sanctioned 12 times for homophobic chanting during the World Cup qualifying campaign, receiving warnings for the first two offences and fines for 10 more. The chant was also widely heard at Mexico games in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when Fifa took no action, but the governing body has since launched a clamp-down. Other Latin American teams, including Argentina and Chile, have also been fined. Fifa is employing three specialist observers at each World Cup match to report discriminatory behaviour by spectators. What are the odds? Mexico to win - 4/6 Draw - 5/2 South Korea to win - 9/2 What's our prediction? South Korea must defy their status as the weakest team in the group and upset a resurgent Mexico if they are to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Heung-min Son is regarded as the only world-class player in the Korean side, but is exactly the sort of inspirational player that could lead a resurgence, albeit a futile one. Prediction: South Korea 1 Mexico 2. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, South Korea vs Mexico: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
Guide to the best World Cup free bets and offers What is it? The second round of matches is underway as South Korea take on Mexico in Group F. The Koreans lost their opening match against Sweden - so for them this is a must-win game - while Mexico caused one of the upsets of the tournament in round one by beating reigning champions Germany 1-0. When is it? It's today, so Saturday, June 23. What time is kick-off? 4pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV 1. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? Rostov Arena, in Rostov-On-Don. World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena What is the team news? South Korea full-back Park Joo-ho has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat by Sweden on Monday that will sideline him for up to three weeks. The 31 year-old sustained the injury in the first half while trying to keep a wild pass in play and was taken off the pitch on a stretcher before being replaced at left-back by Kim Min-woo. Park will remain with the squad even though he will not be able to play in the matches against Mexico and Germany. Kim later gave away the penalty, awarded after a video review, that decided the match in Nizhny Novgorod and left South Korea with a mountain to climb if they are to get out of Group F. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game The squads in full: South Korea Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United) Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg). ----- Mexico Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders: Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV). World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news? Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country's football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, arguing it could lead to further fines from Fifa. Hernandez posted a message on Instagram on Wednesday asking fans to end their derogatory chants during their opponents' goal kicks. "To all Mexican fans in the stadiums, don't shout 'puto'," Hernandez said. "Let's not risk another sanction." Mexicans have long shouted the word - slang for a male sex worker - which gay rights groups argue is homophobic. Although the Mexican team has appealed before for an end to the chants – the players even released a video on the subject in 2016 – some supporters have not relented. test - do not delete Thousands of Mexican fans have flooded into Russia for the World Cup and some chanted the abuse during the match against Germany on Sunday, prompting Fifa to announce disciplinary procedures earlier this week. The Mexican football federation (FMF) was sanctioned 12 times for homophobic chanting during the World Cup qualifying campaign, receiving warnings for the first two offences and fines for 10 more. The chant was also widely heard at Mexico games in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when Fifa took no action, but the governing body has since launched a clamp-down. Other Latin American teams, including Argentina and Chile, have also been fined. Fifa is employing three specialist observers at each World Cup match to report discriminatory behaviour by spectators. What are the odds? Mexico to win - 4/6 Draw - 5/2 South Korea to win - 9/2 What's our prediction? South Korea must defy their status as the weakest team in the group and upset a resurgent Mexico if they are to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Heung-min Son is regarded as the only world-class player in the Korean side, but is exactly the sort of inspirational player that could lead a resurgence, albeit a futile one. Prediction: South Korea 1 Mexico 2. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Aitor Karanka is close to making another huge statement of intent with the capture of Gil Bastiao Dias, the highly-rated Monaco winger. Dias is having a medical at Forest's training ground later on Friday and is set to sign on loan for the season with the Championship club. The Portugal under-21 international impressed last season on loan at Fiorentina and has a market value of around £17.5million, with Forest inserting an option to buy him permanently into the deal. Karanka has already smashed Forest's transfer record with the £13.2m signing of Benfica midfielder Joao Carvalho and the signing of Dias is seen as another big coup for the east Midlanders. Forest have secured the signature of Joao Carvalho, seen here tracking Marcus Rashford in the Champions league last October Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Dias could have his move confirmed in the next 48 hours, ahead of Forest's return to pre-season training on Monday. Forest have also signed Benfica winger Diogo Goncalves on loan while former England international Michael Dawson has joined on a free transfer. Karanka is also targeting another striker, with Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban high on his list.
Nottingham Forest poised to sign young Monaco winger Gil Bastiao Dias
Aitor Karanka is close to making another huge statement of intent with the capture of Gil Bastiao Dias, the highly-rated Monaco winger. Dias is having a medical at Forest's training ground later on Friday and is set to sign on loan for the season with the Championship club. The Portugal under-21 international impressed last season on loan at Fiorentina and has a market value of around £17.5million, with Forest inserting an option to buy him permanently into the deal. Karanka has already smashed Forest's transfer record with the £13.2m signing of Benfica midfielder Joao Carvalho and the signing of Dias is seen as another big coup for the east Midlanders. Forest have secured the signature of Joao Carvalho, seen here tracking Marcus Rashford in the Champions league last October Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Dias could have his move confirmed in the next 48 hours, ahead of Forest's return to pre-season training on Monday. Forest have also signed Benfica winger Diogo Goncalves on loan while former England international Michael Dawson has joined on a free transfer. Karanka is also targeting another striker, with Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban high on his list.
Aitor Karanka is close to making another huge statement of intent with the capture of Gil Bastiao Dias, the highly-rated Monaco winger. Dias is having a medical at Forest's training ground later on Friday and is set to sign on loan for the season with the Championship club. The Portugal under-21 international impressed last season on loan at Fiorentina and has a market value of around £17.5million, with Forest inserting an option to buy him permanently into the deal. Karanka has already smashed Forest's transfer record with the £13.2m signing of Benfica midfielder Joao Carvalho and the signing of Dias is seen as another big coup for the east Midlanders. Forest have secured the signature of Joao Carvalho, seen here tracking Marcus Rashford in the Champions league last October Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Dias could have his move confirmed in the next 48 hours, ahead of Forest's return to pre-season training on Monday. Forest have also signed Benfica winger Diogo Goncalves on loan while former England international Michael Dawson has joined on a free transfer. Karanka is also targeting another striker, with Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban high on his list.
Nottingham Forest poised to sign young Monaco winger Gil Bastiao Dias
Aitor Karanka is close to making another huge statement of intent with the capture of Gil Bastiao Dias, the highly-rated Monaco winger. Dias is having a medical at Forest's training ground later on Friday and is set to sign on loan for the season with the Championship club. The Portugal under-21 international impressed last season on loan at Fiorentina and has a market value of around £17.5million, with Forest inserting an option to buy him permanently into the deal. Karanka has already smashed Forest's transfer record with the £13.2m signing of Benfica midfielder Joao Carvalho and the signing of Dias is seen as another big coup for the east Midlanders. Forest have secured the signature of Joao Carvalho, seen here tracking Marcus Rashford in the Champions league last October Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Dias could have his move confirmed in the next 48 hours, ahead of Forest's return to pre-season training on Monday. Forest have also signed Benfica winger Diogo Goncalves on loan while former England international Michael Dawson has joined on a free transfer. Karanka is also targeting another striker, with Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban high on his list.
What is it? The second round of matches is underway as South Korea take on Mexico in Group F. The Koreans lost their opening match against Sweden - so for them this is a must-win game - while Mexico caused one of the upsets of the tournament in round one by beating reigning champions Germany 1-0. When is it? Saturday, June 23. What time is kick-off? 4pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV 1. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? Rostov Arena, in Rostov-On-Don. World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena What is the team news? South Korea full-back Park Joo-ho has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat by Sweden on Monday that will sideline him for up to three weeks. The 31 year-old sustained the injury in the first half while trying to keep a wild pass in play and was taken off the pitch on a stretcher before being replaced at left-back by Kim Min-woo. Park will remain with the squad even though he will not be able to play in the matches against Mexico and Germany. Kim later gave away the penalty, awarded after a video review, that decided the match in Nizhny Novgorod and left South Korea with a mountain to climb if they are to get out of Group F. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game The squads in full: South Korea Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United) Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg). ----- Mexico Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders: Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV). World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news? Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country's football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, arguing it could lead to further fines from Fifa. Hernandez posted a message on Instagram on Wednesday asking fans to end their derogatory chants during their opponents' goal kicks. "To all Mexican fans in the stadiums, don't shout 'puto'," Hernandez said. "Let's not risk another sanction." Mexicans have long shouted the word - slang for a male sex worker - which gay rights groups argue is homophobic. Although the Mexican team has appealed before for an end to the chants – the players even released a video on the subject in 2016 – some supporters have not relented. test - do not delete Thousands of Mexican fans have flooded into Russia for the World Cup and some chanted the abuse during the match against Germany on Sunday, prompting Fifa to announce disciplinary procedures earlier this week. The Mexican football federation (FMF) was sanctioned 12 times for homophobic chanting during the World Cup qualifying campaign, receiving warnings for the first two offences and fines for 10 more. The chant was also widely heard at Mexico games in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when Fifa took no action, but the governing body has since launched a clamp-down. Other Latin American teams, including Argentina and Chile, have also been fined. Fifa is employing three specialist observers at each World Cup match to report discriminatory behaviour by spectators. What are the odds? Mexico to win - 4/6 Draw - 5/2 South Korea to win - 9/2 What's our prediction? South Korea must defy their status as the weakest team in the group and upset a resurgent Mexico if they are to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Heung-min Son is regarded as the only world-class player in the Korean side, but is exactly the sort of inspirational player that could lead a resurgence, albeit a futile one. Prediction: South Korea 1 Mexico 2. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, South Korea vs Mexico: What time is kick-off on Saturday, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? The second round of matches is underway as South Korea take on Mexico in Group F. The Koreans lost their opening match against Sweden - so for them this is a must-win game - while Mexico caused one of the upsets of the tournament in round one by beating reigning champions Germany 1-0. When is it? Saturday, June 23. What time is kick-off? 4pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? ITV 1. Alternatively, you can follow the match live with us on Telegraph Sport. Where is the game being played? Rostov Arena, in Rostov-On-Don. World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena What is the team news? South Korea full-back Park Joo-ho has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat by Sweden on Monday that will sideline him for up to three weeks. The 31 year-old sustained the injury in the first half while trying to keep a wild pass in play and was taken off the pitch on a stretcher before being replaced at left-back by Kim Min-woo. Park will remain with the squad even though he will not be able to play in the matches against Mexico and Germany. Kim later gave away the penalty, awarded after a video review, that decided the match in Nizhny Novgorod and left South Korea with a mountain to climb if they are to get out of Group F. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game The squads in full: South Korea Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United) Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg). ----- Mexico Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders: Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV). World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news? Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country's football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, arguing it could lead to further fines from Fifa. Hernandez posted a message on Instagram on Wednesday asking fans to end their derogatory chants during their opponents' goal kicks. "To all Mexican fans in the stadiums, don't shout 'puto'," Hernandez said. "Let's not risk another sanction." Mexicans have long shouted the word - slang for a male sex worker - which gay rights groups argue is homophobic. Although the Mexican team has appealed before for an end to the chants – the players even released a video on the subject in 2016 – some supporters have not relented. test - do not delete Thousands of Mexican fans have flooded into Russia for the World Cup and some chanted the abuse during the match against Germany on Sunday, prompting Fifa to announce disciplinary procedures earlier this week. The Mexican football federation (FMF) was sanctioned 12 times for homophobic chanting during the World Cup qualifying campaign, receiving warnings for the first two offences and fines for 10 more. The chant was also widely heard at Mexico games in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when Fifa took no action, but the governing body has since launched a clamp-down. Other Latin American teams, including Argentina and Chile, have also been fined. Fifa is employing three specialist observers at each World Cup match to report discriminatory behaviour by spectators. What are the odds? Mexico to win - 4/6 Draw - 5/2 South Korea to win - 9/2 What's our prediction? South Korea must defy their status as the weakest team in the group and upset a resurgent Mexico if they are to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Heung-min Son is regarded as the only world-class player in the Korean side, but is exactly the sort of inspirational player that could lead a resurgence, albeit a futile one. Prediction: South Korea 1 Mexico 2. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
Swiss hold out to neutralise Brazilian firepower and earn share of points
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
Swiss hold out to neutralise Brazilian firepower and earn share of points
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
Swiss hold out to neutralise Brazilian firepower and earn share of points
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
Swiss hold out to neutralise Brazilian firepower and earn share of points
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
Swiss hold out to neutralise Brazilian firepower and earn share of points
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
Swiss hold out to neutralise Brazilian firepower and earn share of points
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
Swiss hold out to neutralise Brazilian firepower and earn share of points
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
Swiss hold out to neutralise Brazilian firepower and earn share of points
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
Swiss hold out to neutralise Brazilian firepower and earn share of points
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Marcelo carries the ball forward and is fouled/ Brazil take it short... and Casemiro punts an effort wildly over the bar from about 30 yards. And that's his final involvement. Fernandinho replaces him. Brazil try to play their way out danger but the Switzerland press is causing them problems. 8:16PM 59 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil move forward, the ball drops for Coutinho to smash from distance and he launches it at goal! Blocked. He gets a second chance... blocked! Neymar has kicked someone's foot while shooting inside the box and is wincing as he hobbles around now. He's only just recovered from a foot injury... but seems to be OK. Brazil corner. 8:15PM 57 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami is back on though... and he's just easily won the ball from Neymar. There is no way past him today! Not even with an injury (if he has one). Coutinho passes into Shaqiri by accident and Switzerland move up the pitch. 8:13PM 55 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami has just pulled up with an injury and he looks close to tears. Let's hope that's nothing too serious but it's either a muscle injury or something in his knee and he's having treatment now after over stretching to try and stop Jesus getting the ball. He's really not happy with things - and when you consider he's had Neymar in his pocket all game long, this could be big. 8:11PM 53 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland have the wind in their sails now and have the ball in the attacking third again... or they did until Lichtsteiner miscontrols on the line. How will Brazil react to that setback? Shaqiri outwits the defence - and his own teammates - with a clever little pass towards the goal line but it goes behind. 8:08PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! ZUBER HEADS IT IN! The scores are level! Brazil just switched off! Dreadful defending in the area for the corner. Miranda insists he's been pushed but the VAR don't think so! Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Steven Zuber, 50 min) 8:08PM 50 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland attack down the left and Marcelo comes across to stop a dangerous looking pass into the box. Switzerland get a corner out of it. 8:06PM 49 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar considers taking on his man on the left wing and decides against it. Casemiro chops down Dzemaili to stop a counter-attack and is booked but that's Willian's fault for a poor pass selling him short. 8:04PM 47 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Dzemaili tries an effort from long range. Why not? Have fun, enjoy yourselves. 8:03PM KICK-OFF 2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 We're back! Switzerland start the second half. More goals please. 7:58PM Both teams on the left Actually, it turns out they're both at it. Brazil is right (light blue) and Switzerland left (dark blue) 7:56PM Brazil focusing down the left Credit: GETTY IMAGES "I feel bad for Lichsteiner," says Gary Neville. "I remember playing against Arsenal with Henry, Pires and Cole and it was wave after wave of wave of attack." Average touch positions (45 min) You can sort of see it above. 7:54PM Analysis That went from potential Empire Strikes Back to Phantom Menace pretty quickly. Simpsons seasons 2-9 to 10-present. Brazil don't really seem to be trying now they're a goal up - I'm not sure they really fear Switzerland. "I think both teams will be happy," says Roy Keane, and I agree. Slaven Bilic has pointed out that Brazil are in control. "They are very organised team. What are your best chances against Brazil? Counter-attacks. They didn't give Switzerland one single chance to counter-attack. If it doesn't work they all go behind the ball." 7:51PM Gary Lineker Twitter update Watching the Brazil game where Neymar had his hair cut. pic.twitter.com/qzUjmmRL2D— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 17, 2018 7:48PM HALF TIME And that's it! Brazil haven't really had to do an awful lot here, Switzerland have been good but Coutinho pulled a goal rabbit out of his magic football hat and Brazil have the lead. That's soccerball for you. 7:47PM 45 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 So close for Silva! He attacks a corner at the near post but heads over. Decent effort but not close enough! 7:44PM 45 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami has been an absolute machine here. "He's going to need two sugars in his tea and an oxygen tank," says Dixon, accidentally revealing the controversial half time fluid intake that Arsene Wenger used to give Arsenal players. 7:43PM 44 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 That's now the worst pass of the game. Akonji punts the ball out for a goal kick for no apparent reason. There's a guy in the crowd dressed as a Panini sticker and I'm trying to find a photo of it for you. Excellent effort. 7:42PM 42 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar is being bullied by Behrami. He can't get past him, is being muscled off it every single time and is now moping around the centre-circle. This is nice from Brazil now though and Jesus might be in! Well defended by the centre-backs and the move is shut down. 7:40PM 40 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland get in behind Marcelo on the right! The attack is on but Dzemaili's final pass is poor. Alisson plays a tidy little pass to the defender while being closed down and Brazil try to counter... but Switzerland are in control of possession again. Switzerland have a chance to shoot! Zuber swings a foot at it and my god that is the worst shot... I don't want to say ever... but that I've seen in a while. He hooks his leg at the thing and whacks it full power into Silva's face. He goes down but is OK. I bet that hurt. 7:37PM 38 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: REUTERS That photograph more or less sums up the half so far. Except for Coutinho's rocket strike, of course. 7:35PM 36 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami does really well to win the ball from Neymar as Marcelo chips it ahead of him. He's actually done really well so far to keep Neymar quiet and keep passing play going for Switzerland and is their best player by far at the moment. 7:33PM 34 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Marcelo takes the free-kick from wide left and Seferovic heads away. Corner. It's hit in with power from Neymar to the back post, Jesus heads it back but nobody reads it. He should maybe have done better there. "Sommer was away with the fairies there," says Dixon. 7:31PM 32 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Behrami slips and fouls Casemiro. The possession has been mostly Switzerland's for a little while now - Brazil poised to counter. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland And there's a first yellow card. Lichsteiner is booked for pulling down Neymar, catching him from behind while running back into position. 7:29PM 30 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Neymar tries to run past Behrami but puts the ball out for a throw. I think Behrami has the job of centre-back protector and Neymar man marker when higher up the pitch. 7:28PM 28 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's the pose for his statue worked out. 7:26PM 26 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Switzerland win a corner, Rodriguez takes it as an outswinger. Schar clashes heads as Casemiro gets the thing cleared miles away before accidentally heading Schar's skull. 7:24PM 24 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 Here's the Switzerland build-up. Rodriguez is playing wide left and Lichsteiner is more inside the pitch like an inverted wing-back while Shaqiri is wide right. Then when Switzerland get higher up the pitch they swap. None of it will matter if Brazil keep this up though. 7:22PM 23 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 0 It really feels like Brazil could blow Switzerland away here if they really turn it on. The boat is rocking and Switzerland need to ride out the wave! A Willian heel flick and pass outside nearly puts them in again straight away. 7:19PM GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Wow. Where did that come from? Coutinho has scored for Brazil! The goalkeeper looks stunned! Brazil 1 - 0 Switzerland (Coutinho, 20 min) What a hit. Coutinho picks up the ball 20 yards out, shifts it onto his right foot and bends the thing way outside the goal and it curls round into the top corner. Magic. Goal: Brazil ( 20 min ) 7:18PM 19 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Credit: AP Gabriel Jesus breaks down the left after another fantastic move through the lines but his cross is saved low by Sommer. Brazil are menacing in possession - it's so quick and clever. 7:16PM 17 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho line up the kick but Neymar seems to have dibs. And he hits the wall. Possession: Brazil vs Switzerland 7:15PM 15 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar loves keeping the ball and does so under close attentions of a couple of Swiss players. He faces up to Dzemaili and teases him a little. "I know what I would have done," says Lee Dixon. An advocate of violence! Controversial scenes. Maybe he meant he'd do a rainbow flick if in Neymar's shoes rather than go through him as a defender. We just can't ever know. Neymar is brought down 25 yards out by Behrami, having skinned him with a little flick. Behrami seems to be enjoying the game, laughing at being totally done there. 7:12PM 12 mins -Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 This is a nice move from Brazil. Willian gets a chance to cross from the right wing, it's blocked and then Willian has the ball in midfield. It's moved left, Coutinho twists and turns until Neymar passes into the six yard box.... and Paulinho shoots! The goalkeeper gets a decent save on it... but the referee thinks it's a goal kick. That's a great save. 7:09PM 10 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar looks for a one-two to get in behind the last man but it's well read and defended. Pretty open so far. 7:08PM 8 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Paulinho runs from deep and takes the ball off Jesus but can't keep control while running at full pace and puts it out for a goal kick. Willian does so well to shield the ball at right-back and flick a pass inside to kick-start a counter-attack, Brazil in the Swiss half now. 7:06PM 6 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Neymar has come in fancy dress as a flamboyant disco scarecrow and gets annoyed by Behrami's attention while trying to dribble. Credit: REUTERS Brazil work the ball forward and Willian fizzes a cross into the area but hits it too hard for anyone to attack. Xhaka is lucky not to be booked for a clear shirt pull on Neymar. 7:03PM 4 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Switzerland have started well here! And there's an early chance for Dzemaili as passing down the right results in a cross hit into the area. He swings at the volley but launches it over the bar. Brazil give the ball away from the goal kick. 7:02PM 2 mins - Brazil 0 Switzerland 0 Sure enough, Switzerland immediately focus their passing down the right after winning the ball from kick-off. Brazil chase the ball to try and win it back, Switzerland look comfortable on the ball but can't keep it in play and Brazil get a goal kick. 7:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! Brazil get us started. 6:57PM The teams again Right then. Marcelo's advanced positions and Neymar's non-defending on the left will mean Switzerland focus attacks down the left, Paulinho will attack from deep and try to get in the box and Casemiro is absolutely key to keeping things held together. Switzerland have a decent team here and Xhaka needs to stay disciplined. His range of passing could be how Switzerland get in behind the Brazil defence. 6:53PM National anthems Here come the players! "It's not a World Cup until we've seen Brazil," says Clive Tyldesley, and here they are. 6:51PM Gary Neville on Shaqiri "I'm not a fan to be honest." Short, sharp... fair? He's magic when he wants to be. Shaqiri I mean. Neville is always a solid base 8/10 no matter what he's doing. 6:51PM Gabriel Jesus How Gabriel Jesus rose from besotted teenager to part of Brazil's big World Cup picture 6:47PM What a sky in Rostov #beautiful Credit: GETTY IMAGES That's actually Gareth Southgate inside the mascot costume. He's scouting. True story. 6:44PM Neymar and Marcelo on the left wing I can see Switzerland targeting the Brazil left, especially if they put Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing. Marcelo is one of the best left-backs in the world football but spends most of his time in an advanced role, taking on the responsibilities normally afforded to a left winger. He does actually defend from time to time and is an important part of build-up play too, seen below in Brazil's friendly with England, flicking the ball onto Fernandinho before sprinting up to the half way line. Advanced left wing positions are where he he is most dangerous and exactly where he assisted Gareth Bale from in the Champions League final for that stunning bicycle kick, chipping the ball at perfect height to him with a supposedly weaker right foot. Marcelo's attacking nature is worth the risk for Brazil but, as has often been pointed out, he does leave his teammates exposed when caught out of position. Marcelo is as good a winger as any at the World Cup and getting him high up the pitch gets him involved with attacking play. It also allows Neymar to roam from that wide left starting position and look to do damage in areas he sees fit. The problem is that if Brazil lose the ball in attacking positions, Marcelo leaves the rest of the team exposed. Here's this exact scenario happening to Real Madrid against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final. The Allianz erupts! Joshua Kimmich hammers Bayern into the lead! �� What an assist from James Rodriguez �� pic.twitter.com/DyoD0oYl2U— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 25, 2018 6:41PM Roy Keane looks furious for absolutely no reason He's in a typically angered pose, and has already challenged Neymar to go and prove he's one of the best in the world if he thinks he's so damn good. 6:39PM Where do Switzerland and Brazil's kits rank? World Cup kits ranked 6:34PM Marcelo is the only survivor from the 7-1 Nobody else is in that starting XI. Thiago Silva didn't play, Neymar was injured. "I think they are missing Dani Alves," says Slaven Bilic. "They used to have two playmakers, Marcelo and Alves. Now Danilo is playing he's more physical. And that's why Coutinho is there" 6:32PM Jesus is young 21 - Gabriel Jesus (21 years, 75 days) is set to become the youngest Brazilian player in a #WorldCup game since Kaká in 2002. Prodigy. pic.twitter.com/kNTxCbTfrh— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018 �� | Gabriel Jesus painting the streets for the 2014 #WorldCup in Brazil. The boy who dreamed... pic.twitter.com/adrBJeEe2W— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 17, 2018 6:28PM It's filling up inside Credit: GETTY IMAGES A heap of Swiss fans have been going on a march to the stadium too apparently. Brazil fans are in all the photos from outside the stadium though, and it looks really fun. Credit: FIFA This is the other thing that makes international tournaments so great to be at: Credit: FIFA The fans can sit together without causing tribe related trouble. As soon as you start fencing off supporters from each other all the idiots come out. Not here! Imagine being able to enjoy games like this normally? There is something kinda funny about the battle between home and away fans but when it isn't that - fun - it's a really horrible thing at times. This is a bit more like rugby which is a good thing. 6:23PM Inside the dressing room Credit: FIFA That's not a bad little trio there. Brazil also have Roberto Firmino sitting on the bench if Jesus doesn't quite work out. 6:14PM Starting lineups Brazil (4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1) Alisson; Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Coutinho, Paulinho; Willian, Jesus, Neymar Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer; Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichsteiner; Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri; Seferovic Think Brazil ���� are a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 type thing today. Nothing too fancy expected from Switzerland ���� although underrate then at your (mild) PERIL pic.twitter.com/fj0liCHPOU— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 6:05PM Switzerland's starting lineup #HoppSchwiiz#HopSuisse#ForzaSvizzera#HopSvizra ����⚽️��#BRASUI#WM2018#CM2018pic.twitter.com/P0SwDzoBcZ— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) June 17, 2018 6:03PM Our new columnist Look who writes for the Telegraph now? Read his thoughts on England vs Tunisia right here: Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 5:52PM Shocks everywhere Germany have lost! This World Cup just got even more interesting! You can find out what happened in our liveblog over here, but come back quickly. 5:45PM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Rostov Arena of course! World Cup 2018 stadium: Rostov Arena And it looks like this: Credit: REUTERS Like some sort of background building in a sci-fi video game. It looks better inside: Credit: FIFA Oooooh it's nice. I want to play on that pitch. 5:37PM How Brazil play World Cup tactics: How Brazil are playing to their strengths with attacking setup 5:31PM It's Brazil! And Switzerland! The world's favourite (or second favourite anyway) football team vs Switzerland, the perennially underrated darlings of... Switzerland. Will we see Neymar today? Even if we don't, there are a plethora of stars to choose from and this game could and should be an entertaining spectacle. We've had some brilliant games so far in the early stages of this World Cup but as clear favourites, Brazil can add to the lovely football levels by giving us all some samba skill. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and presumably many other players who have an X in their name will be pulling the strings for the Swiss. Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players I'm expecting a slightly deeper, more compact and direct Brazil performance than most might think they're about to see and Switzerland will certainly look to frustrate and avoid being dragged into any one on one situations. That said, I was completely wrong about how Portugal vs Spain went so perhaps this will turn into a free for all, end-to-end play and plenty of goals for both teams. That's what we all really want isn't it? As for Neymar, there's a chance he'll play but Brazil coach Tite is just calming things down. "Neymar is still not 100 per cent, but he is very privileged physically," he told Fifa.com. "The level he has displayed in his sprints in high velocity has been impressive. But still he has something to gain. "It should happen sooner rather than later, hopefully." We'll get team news shortly and can start to figure out how this game might actually go but rest assured you can follow all the action, build-up and analysis with us right here.
Swiss hold out to neutralise Brazilian firepower and earn share of points
If Russia is to prove the scene of an exorcism for Brazil they will have to be better than this. A draw against Switzerland was no great calamity but this was an uneasy first examination for the Seleçao on the road to what they will hope will be redemption for the 7-1 humiliation by Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago. Lionel Messi endured a misstep in his opening game with Argentina against Iceland and his former Barcelona team-mate, Neymar, experienced similar frustration on a night when Brazil had cause to bemoan a couple of costly decisions that went against them. The highlight of the game was an arresting 25 yard strike from Philippe Coutinho but the main talking points centred around a push on Miranda by Steven Zuber before he equalised for Switzerland early in the second half and the denial of a Brazil penalty late on. In truth, Brazil should probably not protest too loudly. On the balance of play, a draw was probably just about a fair result and Tite may be more concerned about a patchy performance when Brazil struggled with Swiss physicality and lost their way after an encouraging start. Coutinho’s goal was a moment of pure theatre but Brazil’s measure of control evaporated once Switzerland scored and the tide began to turn. Brazil finished the game looking the more likely winners, with substitute Roberto Firmino having a header pushed away, Neymar directing another straight at Yann Sommer, Miranda firing wide and Renato Augusto snatching at a volley, but this was no hard luck story. Sure, there was a touch of good fortune to Switzerland’s goal. Some referees would have penalised Zuber for a push on Miranda but even then the Brazil centre-back’s starting position looked suspect and the Switzerland winger could probably not believe quite how much space he had when he headed home unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box. World Cup whatsapp promo Similarly, Gabriel Jesus was unimpressed he was denied a penalty when he was man-handled by Manuel Akanji in the 74th minute but the Manchester City striker probably did not help his case with his theatrical fall. There was a lot of huff and puff from Jesus but not much else and he was by no means the only Brazilian to have an off night. Neymar had a more threatening final 20 minutes and there were moments when it looked like he and Coutinho would combine to hurt Switzerland but he spent a lot of time on the ground struggling to escape the close attentions of his opponents. The pressure on the Paris Saint-Germain forward to deliver at this World Cup is unremitting but he is not afraid to draw attention to himself. After all, it takes a brave man to model his latest alternative haircut on Alannah Currie from the Thompson Twins, the 80s British pop band. Like Brazil in general, though, he will have to offer more than this. There was a fine pass to Coutinho in the 69th minute that the Barcelona player took beautifully on his chest, pushing the ball inside Stephan Lichtsteiner to create the space to shoot only to shank his volley wide. There had, of course, been no misjudgement for the goal. It was just the shot of Jogo Bonito that gets Brazilian juices flowing, the frustration being that it would prove an isolated moment of inspiration. Zuber would have been better directing his clearing header from Neymar’s corner almost anywhere but the feet of Coutinho, who offered a fine illustration of what £142 million buys you. The former Liverpool playmaker had only one thing in mind when the ball hurtled towards him, controlling it with effortless ease before bending home his shot off the inside of the far post. And that, basically, was as good as it got for Brazil. Paulinho missed a good chance from close range but Brazil did not ask enough questions. Lichtsteiner had been booked for grabbing Neymar round the neck and throwing him to the ground but the Brazil No10 was unable to isolate Arsenal’s new signing much after that when attempting to draw a second caution from the veteran right-back seemed a logical move. Coutinho flayed in Brazil's opener Credit: AP Photo/Andre Penner Tite must have held his breath when Neymar smacked the right foot he had fractured in February against Lichtsteiner’s boot in the second half as he followed through on a shot and appeared to be hobbling for a while afterwards but he did not look in too much discomfort by the end. Marcelo, captain here, was the only survivor from the team that had started against Germany in Belo Horizonte but, whether that game was playing on too many minds, there was a curious inhibition to much of Brazil’s football. Coutinho looked dangerous at times in a deeper midfield role but even he began to fade as the game went on and Switzerland grew in confidence. They are a decent side but they did not seem to believe they could hurt Brazil for those opening 45 minutes before the goal changed their mindset. Costa Rica in St-Petersburg on Friday is the next stop for Brazil and it will not be unreasonable to expect a lot more. Match details Brazil (4-3-3) Alisson (Roma) 6; Danilo (Manchester City) 6, Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) 6, Miranda (Inter Milan) 6, Marcelo (Real Madrid) 6; Paulinho (Barcelona) 5 (Augusto, 67, Beijing Guoan), Casemiro (Real Madrid) 5 (Fernandinho, 60, Manchester City), Coutinho (Barcelona) 7; Willian (Chelsea) 5, Jesus (Manchester City) 6 (Firmino, 79, Liverpool), Neymar (Paris St-Germain) 6. Booked Casemiro Switzerland (4-2-3-1) Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach) 7; Lichtsteiner (Arsenal, Lang 87 (Basel)) 7, Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) 6, Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) 6, Rodriguez (AC Milan) 7; Behrami (Udinese) 6 (Zakaria, 70, Borussia Monchengladbach), Xhaka (Arsenal) 7; Shaqiri (Stoke City) 6, Dzemaili (Bologna) 6, Zuber (Hoffenheim) 6; Seferovic (Benfica) (Embolo, 80, Schalke) 5. Booked Lichtsteiner, Schaer, Behrami Referee Cesar Ramos (Mexico) 9:16PM Some photos to peruse while you let that result sink in Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players 9:10PM Some stats for you Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014. Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017. Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win. Switzerland haven’t lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3). Five of Philippe Coutinho’s 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box. Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup. 9:09PM Profligate Brazil Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal 9:08PM Tomorrow's the big one... A certain country called England play tomorrow. You may have heard about this. Here's some reading for you ahead of that game! World Cup 2018 tactics: England's experimental phase and how Gareth Southgate can bring football home 9:03PM Mark Clattenburg on the incident Credit: TASS "You can see the defender's got hold of his arm and hands on his back which stops his ability to defend the ball. "He's deemed that not a foul. OK but I'd rather go to the side of the pitch and have a look." 9:02PM VAR controversy Ian Wright and Gary Neville are convinced Switzerland's goal shouldn't have counted. "It's one of them..." says Slaven Bilic. Hmmm. The referees didn't think it was a foul. "To be fair, I don't care," says Bilic. 8:55PM FULL TIME - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Great result for Switzerland, a disappointing one for Brazil. That was a hard fought point and probably deserved too. 8:55PM 90 mins +7 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neither! It's a cunning ruse and Neymar chips into the area, Miranda heads on... and Switzerland scramble it behind. There's a corner... and a foul in the box. That's a free-kick to the Swiss who have surely got their point now. 8:53PM 90 mins +5 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Another foul on Neymar. Neymar kisses the ball and lines up his free-kick 25 yards out. Will this be a Ronaldo top corner special? Or a Messi into the wall type effort? Now's your time, pal. Let's see what you've got. 8:52PM 90 mins +4 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The state of this: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Switzerland deserve a point here if they can get it. Neymar's getting really wound up about being kicked off the park and you can sympathise really. 8:50PM 90 mins +2 - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar stands over a free-kick on the left and will cross into the box, if he manages to figure out a way to beat the first man. He does... and Firmino is there unmarked! WHAT A SAVE! Shocking defending gives Firmino a free header but he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. If that had been either side of him it was a goal! Attempt Saved: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Roberto Firmino, 90 min) It's a corner anyway. Crossed in, headed back and MIRANDA IS THERE! He smashes the shot at goal but hooks it left of the goal. That's really close and could have been the winner. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Miranda, 90 + 1 min) 8:47PM 90 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Shaqiri has space on the counter-attack! His first pass is awful... but it bounces and lands back at his feet. So then he goes for a volley from 30 yards and fires it - guess where? CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THE BALL GOES? MILES WIDE AND HIGH ARHGRHGRHGRHGHGRHG why can't they shoot on target? :-( 8:46PM 88 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Xhaka knocks Neymar over, it's a free-kick. Lichsteiner is sitting down waiting for treatment. Is that time wasting? Or is he very injured? Soon we will discover! Lang comes on as a substitute to replace him. Call me a sceptic but I suspect that may well have been choreographed. Look how many shots Brazil have had off target: Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal But wait - here's Neymar with a header from the penalty spot! Straight at the goalkeeper. It's either over the bar or straight at the goalie every time. 8:43PM 86 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 This is scrappy. Brazil's passing has not been good in this half and Switzerland are also determined to stop them getting forward. Neymar gets on it in the final third now though and is running at the box! He flicks it inside... and Firmino can't control. Grooooooan. 8:42PM 84 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland try to run through the middle of Brazil, Shaqiri then attempts a flip flap to go past Miranda... and Brazil survive. Switzerland work incredibly hard to win the ball back except for Shaqiri, who just wanders backwards. Alisson comes off his line to burst an inflatable ball which has landed on the pitch. 8:40PM 82 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Seferovic off, Embolo on. Brazil have a free-kick 35 yards from goal... and Switzerland defend it well. Off the ball, Lichsteiner is holding his face rolling around the floor. I wonder if he will survive the cruel injury he has sustained during that passage of play. Huzzah! He gets off the turf and is ready to play again. "They do hurt, those ones," says Dixon. And suddenly Firmino's in! A pass in behind the defence puts him wide of goal and he lines up the shot but blooters it - guess where? That's right! - miles over the bar. 8:37PM 80 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Jesus off, Firmino on. And he's involved immediately, dribbling around the right-back but losing the ball in the box. 8:36PM 78 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Fernandinho sets himself up for a 30 yard smash. And it's about a mile over. Miss: Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland (Fernandinho, 77 min) Marcelo has taken it upon himself to get further up the pitch now and it;s really working. They're overloading that side of the pitch and Neymar is able to get a shot away... which the keeper saves easily. 8:34PM 76 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Switzerland are determined that even if nothing else goes their way, there's just no way Neymar is allowed to do any of his show pony tricks or even look like he might be Neymar. Every time he goes on a run he gets cut out, a slide tackle takes him down, a defender stands in his way. He can't get in the match at all. 8:32PM 74 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 PENALTY! Or is it? No! Augusto plays a reverse pass inside the box and Jesus goes down! The defender has his arms all over him, Akani is the culprit and stops him turning, then Jesus tumbles to the floor. It's a strange fall and the referee says play on. Will VAR review it? 8:31PM 73 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Marcelo moves inside the pitch and ghosts past Shaqiri... but Willian handballs the pass towards him. It's back with Shaqiri now on the right, he moves inside this time... and Dzemaili hits the most average shot of his life straight at the goalkeeper. These teams are really well matched. 8:29PM 71 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Brazil attack down the right, it's switched to Coutinho who chests down inside the box and sits up perfectly to volley at goal. He gets it all wrong and shoots well wide. Switzerland take Behrami - now on a yellow card - for Zakaria. That's probably smart. They're similar players and Neymar is going to get him sent off. He's also been holding his hamstring. 8:27PM 69 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Behrami smiles and laughs as he is booked for cynically chopping him down, dragging studs on ankles. Neymar howls as he rolls along the floor. Fernandinho has a word with Behrami. 8:25PM 67 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Neymar hits the free-kick low into the area without power. It's pretty dreadful to be honest but Fernandinho has a hit at the ball and wins a corner. Willian follows up the move from the second ball of that and has a shot blocked... then Willian skies a shot somewhere in the upper stand of the stadium. Brazil sub: Paulinho off, Augusto on. 8:23PM 65 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Both teams are losing the ball in the opposition half with sloppy play, Switzerland perhaps the more comfortable in possession. Neymar is held back by Schar who is booked. That's about as clear a foul as you'll ever see and Neymar tries to get in on goal. The ref should allow play to continue... but blows for the free-kick. 8:21PM 63 mins -Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 Brazil vs Switzerland shots on goal Neymar tries to dribble between two players, which becomes three... and Switzerland win the ball. I think Neymar's trying a little too hard. It's gone a little quiet again in this game. Credit: REUTERS 8:18PM 61 mins - Brazil 1 Switzerland 1 The corner is well dealt with, Ma