Brazil demands explanation from Federation Internationale de Football Association after 1-1 draw with Switzerland

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Brazil demands explanation from Federation Internationale de Football Association after 1-1 draw with Switzerland

Given the success of Switzerland's rugged approach, Neymar can expect more of the same against Costa Rica and Serbia with the pressure upped on Brazil to rediscover the form they showed in qualifying.

Neymar looked bright despite his lack of match practice as he teased the Swiss defence provoking yellow cards for Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabian Schar and Valon Behrami.

Serbia and Costa Rica fill out a competitive Group E, but Djourou feels Switzerland can qualify for the knockout rounds in Russian Federation.

Steven Zuber appeared to push Miranda before heading home a second-half goal that saw Tite's side held 1-1 in a Group E clash at Rostov Arena.

Rostov-on-Don: Brazil's bid for a sixth World Cup got off to a slow start as Switzerland withstood an early onslaught to snatch a 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday.

Ramos also ignored a penalty claim late in the game when Gabriel Jesus was brought to the ground by Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji.

In fact, Switzerland fouled Neymar 10 times, the most in a World Cup game since Tunisia tackled England's striker Alan Shearer 11 times 20 years ago.

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.

Switzerland, No. 6 in the world, was considered Brazil's toughest opponent in Group E.

"We have a lot of great players in the national team and each one of them has his own responsibility", Coutinho said.

The ex-Liverpool man was involved in Brazil's first moment of danger when he set up Neymar down the left, with Paulinho eventually scuffing a shot wide from a close range.

France are the only heavyweights to have won their first game so far, and even they needed the video assistant referee (VAR) to win a penalty and goal-line technology to confirm their winning goal in their 2-1 victory over Australia.

Tite admitted his team had not been precise enough with the chances they had created and were made to pay for it.

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"It's hot. But we're not looking for excuses, ' Lichtsteiner 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".

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