Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Brazilian media disappointed over Brazil-Switzerland match result

Brazilian media disappointed over Brazil-Switzerland match result

Brazil's coach Tite (L) and Brazil's forward Neymar are seen during a training session of Brazil national football team at Yug Sport Stadium, in Sochi, on June 19, 2018, ahead of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament.

Neymar was fouled 10 times, more than any player in a single World Cup match since Alan Shearer 20 years ago, and provoked Switzerland's three yellow cards for Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabian Schaer and Valon Behrami.

Gracenote Sports head of analysis, Simon Gleave, said: "An opening match draw against the second-best team in the group is never a disaster so Brazil's 1-1 draw with Switzerland still leaves the Brazilians with an 84% chance of reaching the last 16".

Brazil's Neymar attends a training session in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

"It's normal for a football player to feel some pain, especially Neymar with the number of fouls that he's suffered in the last game".

Neymar was out all of March, April and May with a fractured right foot and sprained ankle after he was injured in a French league match in late February. "It's our dream and I'm not scared to dream big", the 26-year-old said. "Neymar trained a little, felt the pain, returned to physical therapy and tomorrow trains normally".

"Today was more of a recovery session and it happened nearly at the end".

All goals and unsafe moments of the fourth day of the world Cup.

Tite also denied he had asked Neymar to alter his attacking style to better serve the team after the disappointing draw.

Phillipe Coutinho, who opened the scoring against Switzerland, said Brazil expect to be targeted by opponents.

And with Neymar's injury situation filling column inches in the lead-up to the game, Ramirez said that his team won't be looking to test the player's right ankle.

Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka were brilliant against Brazil and have a strong chance at scoring a few times against the Serbs.

On Friday, Brazil will play against Costa Rica, who lost 0-1 to Serbia on Sunday. "We had a meeting about that but we take to the field aiming to win".

"We know they'll give us some hard moments, games at the highest level demand so much of you and force you to raise your performance".

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