Coutinho expects more Neymar punishment at World Cup

Coutinho expects more Neymar punishment at World Cup

Coutinho expects more Neymar punishment at World Cup

Brazil had got off to the ideal start when Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho curled home a superb 20th-minute opener, but the Swiss responded with a display of real character and got their reward, despite a series of late scares, courtesy of Zuber's header.

"There is a concern about the first game, you want to win, you want to do it".

The Antalyaspor defender, though, accepts the calibre of opponent Switzerland faces against Brazil makes its opening task hard. Tite's men ended as they had begun with a series of chances for a late victor as Neymar and Roberto Firmino headed straight at Sommer before Miranda dragged a shot inches wide.

Brazil, who have won 17 of their 22 games under coach Tite, will have the chance to end the run when they face Costa Rica on Friday.

The five-time champs were held to a 1-1 tie by Switzerland Sunday, just hours after defending champion Germany was beaten by Mexico, 1-0. "It was one of the key ingredients to neutralise Neymar".

However, Switzerland responded well with organised and simple football, and it was this style that led to the equalising goal in the second half when Hoffenheim winger Zuber headed in the game-levelling goal from a corner to seal a vital point for the European side.

Having regain full fitness, Neymar scored in Brazil's friendly wins over Croatia and Austria before their arrival in Russian Federation, and Lichtsteiner, who left Juventus to join Arsenal at the end of the domestic season, has no illusions about the scale of the task Switzerland face in attempting to halt the Paris Saint-Germain attacker.

"We're expecting a very tough game", midfielder Valon Behrami said.

Petkovic, meanwhile, has been impressed by Brazil's progress under Tite, but the Switzerland coach has no intention of affording the South American heavyweights an easy ride next to the banks of the Don River.

"They didn't give up, went the full 90 minutes, never gave up on themselves and when we were able to play forward and press high up, we did it very well indeed".

"I think I came off at the right time but I will have to monitor the situation", he said. "We will continue to play with this consistency".

Brazil were left angered by Steven Zuber's equalising goal in Rostov-On-Don, arguing that Miranda was pushed, and also believed they should have had a second-half penalty for a challenge on Gabriel Jesus by Manuel Akanji.

Tite admitted his side were wasteful throughout the match, saying via BBC Sport: "We had too many balls off target, if we had been a bit more focused we could have made the goalkeeper work a bit more".

A fully fit Neymar will be needed if Brazil can't turn things around and arrive for the deciding match against Serbia on the brink of elimination.

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