Brazil held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland

Mario Tama  Getty ImagesA boy from Santa Marta favela with his Panini World Cup sticker book Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2014

Mario Tama Getty ImagesA boy from Santa Marta favela with his Panini World Cup sticker book Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2014

The Germans are bidding to become the first team to retain the World Cup title since Brazil in 1962.

Brazil coach Tite, who masterminded a dominant qualifying campaign which saw the "Selecao" finish 10 points clear of their rivals, said Neymar was "not 100 per cent". "And because it's Father's Day, we thought it would be a great way to celebrate - to get together to watch the game".

"And not everyone (in Brazil) likes me", Tite said, chuckling.

Toni Kroos crashed a shot against the crossbar for Germany but they were never able to get back in the match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as they slid to their first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982.

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

In a World Cup where sides have shown promise without being scintillating, Tite and the passionate Brazilian public are unlikely to be too anxious at this stage, and Switzerland are after all the world's sixth-best side on ranking.


A spectacular Philippe Coutinho goal gave Brazil a 1-0 halftime lead over Switzerland in their opening Group E match on Sunday. Alisson told FIFA.com. "That wasn't a very happy time for us because we were knocked out. But anxiety hit us hard". "But that is the moment, you end up taking decisions, sometimes, that are not the best ones, but only those who are there get to know how hard it is to play at these moments". I was seeing it again but it's not for me to talk about it, there are four professionals working for that.

As a result of those nerves, the Brazil defence were too passive when Zuber barely had to jump to head a corner home in the 50th minute, giving the Swiss a deserved point in a group also featuring Serbia and Costa Rica.

"I can't coach a team who complains".

"Against a hard and strong opponent you need to be realistic and sometimes you play passes without thinking too much but I think the team has shown great determination and true spirit".

Tite must hope the malaise that affected his key player - and, it must be said, many of his team mates - will lift before their next game against Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday. "We were not blocking enough".

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