Swiss coach wants more recognition after Brazil draw
Jun 18 2018
Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner admits it's impossible to neutralise Brazil star Neymar for an entire match. Yann Sommer made some big stops in the final 20 minutes, but Brazil was also wasteful.
But while it wasn't surprising to see the 26-year-old in coach Tite's starting lineup against the Swiss, it quickly became clear that it would be a long night for Neymar, who is perhaps further away from full fitness than previously thought.
But Vladimir Petkovic's men were back on terms within five minutes of the restart, much to the annoyance of the Brazilians.
Roberto Firminho went close for Brazil again in the 82 minute when he drove into the box from the right, but he fired his ten-yard shot from an acute angle inches over the crossbar.
"We got a draw but this is only the beginning for us". The teams last met in global competition in 2013, when Switzerland posted a 1-0 win in a friendly. It was Coutinho's 11th goal in 37 matches with Brazil. The two teams played an epic group stage game in 2002 that Brazil won 5-2, and the Ticos need a win of their own after falling to the Serbs.
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.
Forced back onto the front foot, Brazil turned to Neymar for a moment of inspiration but he could only blast into the side-netting before Coutinho sliced wide with a much simpler opportunity than the one from which he opened the scoring. Anything less than a point and their tournament is over.