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Russia 2018: Brazil and Switzerland battle to a 1-1 draw

By Mutala Yakubu

2002 World Cup winners Brazil began their Russia 2018 World Cup journey on a sour note as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland.

It no qualms Brazil were going to dominate possession in the opening minutes.

First blood was drawn after Coutinho let fly a trademark finish from 25 yards in the opening 20 minutes to separate the two sides.

After the goal, the Swiss became more stable and aggressive which cut Brazil chances short. The Samba boys didn't show any signs of urgency but held on to 1:0 lead after halftime.

Switzerland started on a brighter note in the after Zuber met a cross from his skipper Lichtsteiner from a corner to level matters just 5 minutes inside the second half.

The Swiss team were steady in defence and made sure they defend superbly to see the game out.

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