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Anxiety hit us hard, says Brazil coach Tite after Switzerland draw

20 June 2018, 12:12 | Susie Olson

Sommer needs to up their game for a not-so Sombre result

Sommer needs to up their game for a not-so Sombre result

"We have two more games where we will have to see what we need to improve in order to win".

In midfield, Valon Behrami was relentless in his pursuit of Neymar, keeping the PSG superstar subdued for large periods of the game.

Next up for Switzerland is a crucial tie against group leaders Serbia, who beat Costa Rica in their opener on Sunday.

Steven Zuber's thumping header secured a surprising draw for Switzerland in their opening Group E game against the World Cup favourites Brazil.

Neymar was absent from training on Monday, missing the session a day after Brazil drew 1-1 with Switzerland in their opening World Cup clash.

Coutinho's whirlwind finish delighted the Rostov Arena, where yellow-shirted Brazil fans vastly outnumbered the red of the Swiss, although Tite's side failed to build further momentum, as Neymar was frequently stopped in his tracks by tactical fouls.

Ramos also ignored a penalty claim late in the second half when Gabriel Jesus was wrestled to the ground by Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji.

"Of course, neutralizing Neymar was a key ingredient of our game", said Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic, dismissing charges that the star forward had been treated harshly.

Five-time winners Brazil are the most in-form side going into the tournament with 17 wins in 21 games and they offered some thrilling displays in their warm-up friendlies as well.

"The Serbs are a great team with players who have been together for a couple of years already". The Selecao were without their talisman for the World Cup semi-final with Germany four years ago and infamously lost 7-1 in his absence.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has sent an official letter to Fifa questioning the decision not to use VAR during their 1-1 draw with Switzerland. "I am proud of the way my team played and against a good rival we had to be disciplined as a side". "Out of all the teams we are facing, they are the strongest in depth", Tite told a news conference on Saturday.

And Cantona, who won 45 caps for his country but never appeared at a World Cup, took to Instagram today to mock Neymar for his new haircut, and you can not deny that it is absolutely hilarious.

Switzerland were unable to really threaten the opposing goal and were more conspicuous with their tough challenges on the Brazilian playmakers with Neymar spending his fair share of time on the ground grabbing various parts of his body.

"I guess it was a foul", he said.

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