Firmino features as Brazil held by Switzerland

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ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia-Before Brazil's World Cup opener, manager Tite explained how unimportant it was for Brazil, the country that seemed like it need a purifying victory more than any, to win this game against Switzerland.

But then Steven Zuber brought the underdogs level in the second half just minutes in, heading home but also pushing Miranda in the process.

Brazil began the tournament as one of the early favourites, but their failure to beat Switzerland will dampen some of the hype.

Besides Brazil and Germany, Argentina was held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland on Saturday and Spain and Portugal played to a 3-3 draw on Friday.

Switzerland haven't lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3).

They foolishly offered him the chance to demonstrate his most spectacular quality, however, when a cross from Marcelo was cleared into the path of the Barcelona midfielder, who wrapped his right foot around the ball and delivered an irresistible finish to break the deadlock in the 20th minute.

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The five-time champions appear to have put behind them the 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals four years ago, impressing as they eased through qualifying for Russian Federation, finishing top of the South American standings, with the most goals scored and fewest conceded.

Brazil threw players forward in the dying minutes of the match and had numerous goal scoring chances, but they could not find the back of the net as Switzerland stood firm to earn a point as the match ended all-square.

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