Pre-tournament favourites Brazil were forced to a 1-1 draw by a determined Switzerland following a 50th minutes goal coming from Zuber which cancelled Coutinho’s 20th minutes goal in the first half heaping a must-win pressure on the Samba boys in their remaining two matches.
The draw means Brazil have for the first time since 1978 failed to win their opening match, as Switzerland now earn a valuable one point against the five-time champions.
The draw also marks the end of Brazil’s run of nine wins in opening World Cup fixtures, and both are now left to trail Group E leaders Serbia, who beat Costa Rica by 1-0 earlier on Sunday.
The crux of the matter for Brazilians was Switzerland’s goal which has caused lots of controversy following the push of Miranda by Zuber to head in the goal which gave the Swiss the only goal that salvaged the situation.
Interestingly, Switzerland also extended their opening World Cup match unbeaten record in the last five tournament, with the current result leading to a 3 draws and 2 wins.
Valon Behrami who happens to be the man-of-the match also became the first Swiss player to appear in four World Cup finals, having made it in 2006, 2010 and 2014.