Neymar, Brazil sleepwalk through World Cup opener against Swiss

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Brazil get their World Cup started with what is probably their toughest match in the group stage against Switzerland.

A second-half header from Steven Zuber cancelled out a sensational early goal from Philippe Coutinho as Switzerland and Brazil drew 1-1 in a tight Group E World Cup opener on Sunday.

The pressure will now be on Brazil to kickstart their campaign when they face Costa Rica on Friday.

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Barcelona's record signing picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area and in trademark fashion bent the ball crashing in off Sommer's far post.

Switzerland will be more than happy to take a point off Brazil, but they lacked ideas in attack, and it was no surprise their only goal came from a set piece.

From then on, it was all Brazil with Switzerland defending with 10 behind the ball, trying to keep the game level.

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The Brazil coach, Tite, left nothing to chance as he rolled out his big guns for their opening clash, naming a front four of Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Neymar and Gabriel Jesus, with Roberto Firmino among the substitutes waiting in the wings. Mexican referee Cesar Ramos dismissed complaints that Zuber had shoved defender Miranda before getting to the corner from Xherdan Shaqiri.

Tite's men ended as they had begun with a series of chances for a late victor as Neymar and Roberto Firmino headed straight at Sommer before Miranda dragged a shot inches wide.

While it would be a coup for Switzerland to emerge with three points and promising if it could manage a draw, the Swiss have done it before.

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