Neymar hobbles around after Brazil's draw with Switzerland

Switzerland won the U-17 World Cup in 2009 beating a Brazil team featuring Neymar and Philippe Coutinho in the group stages

Switzerland won the U-17 World Cup in 2009 beating a Brazil team featuring Neymar and Philippe Coutinho in the group stages

Neymar admittedly went into this 1-1 draw with Switzerland short of full fitness, but the problem here wasn't the lack of sharpness caused by physical issues.

The only nation to compete in every World Cup, Brazil has won five of the 20 championships, more than any other team.

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Valon Behrami, Fabian Schar and Stephan Lichtsteiner were all booked for fouls on Neymar, but Petkovic insists Switzerland did not set out to target the Paris Saint-Germain forward, who started his first game since February after recovering from a foot injury. There was a lot of anxiety, too much pressure, and it translated into our way of playing.

"Look, we are always told as a defender that you can not use your hands", Thiago Silva said. "I guess that will be normal [to be fouled regularly], we have to pay attention to it, but that's something normal in football".

When asked whether VAR should have been used to check the legality of the equaliser and of a second-half challenge on Gabriel Jesus by Manuel Akanji, Tite said: "I don't want to make excuses".

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Just 19 minutes in to Brazil's opening match against Switzerland, star midfielder Philippe Coutinho did this...

"I didn't see the penalty but I don't complain because we have referees outside and inside the field".

With the exception of Coutinho, nearly all of Brazil's creativity went down the drain as Switzerland swiftly took control of the proceedings at the expense of a dismal approach adopted by the five-time World Cup winners.

"Playing against Brazil and Spain, we demonstrated we could react, that this team always believes in itself and can get results". In the first half we encountered some difficulties, we were not able to put into practice what we wanted, and we invited the opponent to be unsafe.

Brazil drew 1-1 with Switzerland in their opening Group E clash on Sunday. Now we need to refocus for our next game.

Phillipe Coutinho opened scoring for the South Americans from long range, before Steven Zubar equalized five minutes after the break.

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