Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Zuber heads Switzerland to opening draw with Brazil

Zuber heads Switzerland to opening draw with Brazil

Brazil star Neymar will make his World Cup bow on Sunday (Jun 17) as the five-time champions kick off quest for redemption while holders Germany launch their bid for back-to-back titles. Most of the hard tackles were directed at Brazil's talisman striker, Neymar Jr.

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

Defending champions Germany lost to Mexico on Sunday while Argentina were held by Iceland and Spain drew with Portugal, with only France of the fancied teams winning despite an under-par display against Australia.

'Neymar is going to be marvellous in Russian Federation and win the trophy for us, ' Carlos said.

Germany breezed through qualifying scoring 43 goals and conceding just four and, astonishingly, average nearly four goals a game in their opening World Cup matches since last losing their first tournament game in 1982 against Algeria.

"He knows how important he is to this team and I want to see him start with a bang against Switzerland tonight". We've been building up for a long time and it's gone well. But they couldn't get another one in front of a very Brazil-friendly crowd at the Rostov Arena. "There was a lot of pressure and anxiety on the players and that translated into the finishes that were not precise". "But I am happy with the way we've been performing".

The Selecao are bidding to banish the memory of their humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany on home soil in the World Cup semi-finals four years ago and Neymar - who is sporting a new bleached blonde hair cut - is considered central to their aspirations.

After taking on Switzerland, tournament favourites Brazil go up against Costa Rica and Serbia in their other Group E fixtures.

Petkovic said it was time the world took notice of his team, which is sixth in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings and won nine of its 10 qualifying matches to reach its fourth straight World Cup.

"I don't think about that".

Tite said midfielder Fred, newly signed by Manchester United, is still recovering from an ankle injury and is the team's only doubt.

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