On the 4th day of FIFA World Cup 2018, five time World Cup winners Brazil face Switzerland at Rostov Arena in their opening game of FIFA's flagship event. Brazil had an amazing unbeaten run in the qualifiers to the World Cup and Tite and co. will be looking forward to continue the dream run against a strong Switzerland side.
Brazil are one of the favourites to win the World Cup 2018 with stars like Neymar, Coutinho, Marcelo, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Gabriel Jesus and others in their side and the team look extremely confident following an dream unbeaten run in the qualifiers under manager Tite.
Highlights Brazil vs Switzerland:
# The referee blows the FULL TIME whistle, Switzerland has succeeded to let Brazil enjoy a win. A determined and solid second half allowed Switzerland to equalise first and then control the game in the second half. Brazil will be disappointed in not being able to hold the dominant nature of the first half. But an excellent game again for neutrals! Thats all for today.
# 90+6' A precise first-time shot by Renato Augusto (Brazil) inside the box is unwittingly blocked by a defender.
# 90+6' Neymar (Brazil) will take the free kick.
# 90+4' Denis Zakaria (Switzerland) fouls an opponent. At least that's what referee Cesar Arturo Ramos signals. Brazil have a free kick from a promising distance.
# 90+4' Cesar Arturo Ramos has a clear sight and sees a foul from Michael Lang (Switzerland).
# 90+2' Miranda (Brazil) creates a yard of space for himself and tries an effort from the edge of the box, but it goes just wide of the left post.
# 90+1' A horde of players are waiting inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Willian (Brazil) takes it short.
# 90' The ball is cleared after Renato Augusto (Brazil) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. Brazil win a corner.
# 5 minutes of stoppage-time to be played.
# 90' Roberto Firmino (Brazil) finds himself some space around the penalty spot and leaps high to meet the free kick. He tries to put his header into the left side of the goal, but Yann Sommer keeps it out.
# 90' Michael Lang (Switzerland) makes an overly-aggressive challenge and Cesar Arturo Ramos blows his whistle for a foul. It's a free kick to Brazil, but it's in no position for a direct shot on goal.
# 89' The ball flies way wide of the left post as Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) produces an imprecise volley strike from long distance.
# 88' Yann Sommer pulls off a decent save! Neymar (Brazil) attempts to head home after a precise cross into the box. He aims his header towards the middle of the net, but the effort is kept out.
# 87' Substitution. Michael Lang (Switzerland) receives a signal from the referee and is now allowed to enter the pitch as Stephan Lichtsteiner walks off.
# 85' Neymar (Brazil) sends a superb lead pass into the penalty area and finds Roberto Firmino, who fails to shoot.
# 82' CHANCE! The ball finds it way to Roberto Firmino (Brazil) inside the box and his first-time shot flies just over the bar.
# 81' Neymar (Brazil) sends over a free kick from long range but the defence is alert.
# 80' Vladimir Petkovic decides to make a substitution. Haris Seferovic will be replaced by Breel Embolo (Switzerland).
# 79' Roberto Firmino (Brazil) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gabriel Jesus.
# 78' SAVE! A snap shot by Neymar (Brazil) from the edge of the area flies towards the left side of the goal, but Yann Sommer produces a good save to thwart him.
# 77' CHANCE! Fernandinho (Brazil) receives an accurate pass and attempts to threaten the goalkeeper with his long-range strike. Unfortunately for him, his effort goes high above the crossbar.
# 76' We can have a look at the statistics now, particularly the total attempts – 15:4.
# 75' Dangerous play by Philippe Coutinho (Brazil). Cesar Arturo Ramos blows his whistle for a foul.
# 73' CHANCE! Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland) picks up a pass and tries his luck from mid-range low towards the middle of the goal, but Alisson is equal to it and makes an easy save.
# 72' Willian (Brazil) changes the direction of the ball using his hand, but he is angry when the referee gives a foul against him.
# 71' Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland) feels very aggrieved after the referee stops play for a foul that he commits while heading towards goal with the ball.
# 70' The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Valon Behrami leaves the pitch and Denis Zakaria (Switzerland) comes on.
# 70' CHANCE! Philippe Coutinho (Brazil) is first to react to a great cross from Neymar, but slices his shot well wide of the right post from inside the box.
# 69' A cross into the box from Neymar (Brazil) is cleared.
# 68' Is that a yellow card in the referee's hand? It is! Valon Behrami (Switzerland) gets booked.
# 67' Willian (Brazil) bursts pass a defender and attempts to score from the edge of the area, but the shot goes high over the bar.
# 67' Substitution. Renato Augusto (Brazil) replaces Paulinho.
# 67' Neymar (Brazil) takes the corner kick and sends the ball among a huddle of players inside the penalty area, but one of the defenders clears it to safety.
# 66' Fernandinho (Brazil) unleashes a missile of a shot towards goal, but his good effort is blocked by one of the defenders. The ball goes behind for a corner. Brazil will have an opportunity to threaten the opposition's goal.
# 66' Neymar (Brazil) produces a poor lofted pass into the penalty box. His attempt is easily thwarted by the defence.
# 65' Fabian Schar (Switzerland) makes a bad challenge and receives a yellow card. The referee had no doubt. Brazil are awarded a free kick from a dangerous position.
# 62' Cesar Arturo Ramos blows his whistle. Haris Seferovic (Switzerland) commits a foul after dangerous play.
# 60' Here is a change. Casemiro is going off and Adenor Leonardo Bacchi gives the last tactical orders to Fernandinho (Brazil).
# 60' The corner from Willian (Brazil) is cleared away by the defence.
# 59' Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) passes the ball from the edge of the box in order to find his teammate, who is in a good scoring position, but the defender blocks the pass and spanks the ball to safety. Brazil force a corner. Their opponents will face another attacking threat.
# 59' There's an opportunity for Willian (Brazil) to deliver the ball into the box from a corner.
# 58' CHANCE! Neymar (Brazil) has a crack at goal from inside the box, but the defender somehow makes the block to deny him. The referee points to the corner flag. It's a corner to Brazil.
# 58' CHANCE! Coutinho (Brazil) reacts well to get to the rebound and takes a shot from the edge of the box, but he fails to get the ball through the players standing between him and the goal.
# 58' Philippe Coutinho (Brazil) blasts the ball from just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by the defender.
# 57' Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) sends a cross into the box, but Alisson comes off his line to gather the ball.
# 56' Valon Behrami (Switzerland) seems to have picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue playing.
# 54' Looks like Valon Behrami (Switzerland) is struggling after picking up a knock. Hopefully he can run it off.
# What a start to the second half! The atmosphere at Rostov Arena is electric!
# 50' GOAL! Xherdan Shaqiri sends the resulting corner into the box and expertly finds Steven Zuber (Switzerland), who jumps highest and coolly plants a bullet header into the roof of the net. It's 1:1.
# 47' Casemiro (Brazil) picks up a yellow card.
# 46' Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland) tries to catch the keeper off guard from long range, but the effort sails well wide of the right post.
# Referee Cesar Arturo Ramos blows his whistle to start the second half.
# Brazil have been tactically brilliant against a gritty Swiss side, Tite has done a fabulous job in bringing back the swagger in the squad. The players are highly technically sound but the coach has made them understand the need of being tactically sound and the qualfiers and this match is perfect example of why he is lauded across the world for changing this team!
# The referee blows his whistle to end the first half and the players are now heading to their respective dressing rooms.
# 45+2' CHANCE! Thiago Silva (Brazil) outbattles the defender to win the ball from the corner, but he can't quite control his header and sends it just over the bar.
# 45+2' Neymar (Brazil) will deliver the corner kick.
# 45+1' Marcelo (Brazil) fails to send a pass into the box as his effort is cut out. The ball goes out of play. Brazil are awarded a corner kick.
# 45' We will have 2 minutes of added time.
# 44' Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland) attempted to create a dangerous situation in front of goal by sending a cross into the box, but the defence easily dealt with the threat. The ball is out of play. Brazil will take a throw-in.
# 42' An attempted cross from Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) is cleared.
# 41' CHANCE! Good clearance! Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) received a low pass, but he didn't have time to do anything as one of the defenders quickly stole the ball off him.
# 40' Steven Zuber (Switzerland) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being well blocked by one of the defenders.
# 36' A long cross from the side is directed to the well-positioned Haris Seferovic (Switzerland), but the defence gets it clear.
# 33' Neymar (Brazil) was standing in a clear offside position, making it an easy call for the linesman.
# 33' Neymar (Brazil) takes the ball to the corner flag and swings it into the box.
# 32' Marcelo (Brazil) dinks a cross into the box from the free kick. However, the opposition defence thwarts the attack, preventing anyone from finishing. The ball goes out of play. Brazil are awarded a corner kick.
# 32' Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland) gives the referee no choice but to show him a yellow card. A free kick has been awarded to Brazil.
# 31' Cesar Arturo Ramos blows his whistle after Valon Behrami (Switzerland) brings one of his opponents down with a strong tackle.
# 28' Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area, but it's cleared by an opposing player.
# 27' Both Schar and Casemiro are okay now!
# 26' The game is interrupted now, Fabian Schar (Switzerland) picks up a knock and the physio has to come on.
# 26' Casemiro (Brazil) requires medical treatment, so the referee stops play and signals for the physio to come onto the pitch.
# 26' Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland) swings in a dangerous cross from the resulting corner kick, but none of his teammates manage to outjump the defence.
# 25' Blerim Dzemaili received a sweet pass from Haris Seferovic (Switzerland), but the advance is stopped. Switzerland force a corner. They send men into the box.
# 24' Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) passes the ball onto Stephan Lichtsteiner, but one of the defenders dispossesses him.
# 20' GOAL! Philippe Coutinho (Brazil) picks up a rebound just outside the box, steadies himself and unleashes a cracker that deflects off the right post into the back of the net, beating the helpless goalkeeper.
# 17' A pass from Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) is intercepted by Yann Sommer and the move breaks down.
# 16' Neymar (Brazil) steps up and sends the free kick straight into the defensive wall.
# 14' Valon Behrami (Switzerland) was trying to get to the ball but clattered into the legs of the opponent as well. Cesar Arturo Ramos blows his whistle for an infringement. Another situation results in a direct free kick for Brazil.
# 13' Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) fails to pick a body out in the box with an over-hit chip pass. The ball is off of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Switzerland.
# 12' CHANCE! Paulinho (Brazil) nicely turned his man inside the box but placed his effort just wide of the right post. He should have scored!
# 10' Switzerland move the ball around well as they wait for an opportunity to shoot, but the attack is halted as they lose possession.
Brazil have won 16 of their last 18 opening games at the World Cup (D2). The last time they lost their first game in the tournament was in 1934 against Spain (1-3). Bonito.#BRASUI #BRA #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/UaghKbZzJW— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 17, 2018
# 6' Willian (Brazil) produces an effort from the edge of the box, but doesn't hit the ball properly and sends it yards wide of the left post.
# 5' Valon Behrami (Switzerland) is obviously not following the Golden Rule: „Treat others as you want to be treated.“ He makes a bad challenge and leaves Cesar Arturo Ramos with no other option than to blow for a foul.
# 3' Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland) fires a shot high over the bar from inside the box after latching onto a short pass.
#BRASUI is under way! 🇧🇷🇨🇭June 17, 2018
# 2' Willian (Brazil) deprives his opponent of the ball, but the referee blows his whistle for a foul. He's not happy with the decision!
# The referee blows his whistle and we are underway.
What's up, #BRA fans!June 17, 2018
Four languages, one team pic.twitter.com/T34RO0egdU— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018
#BRA are at the stadium 🏟
Are you in your seat at home to watch #BRASUI?
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FORMATIONS // #BRASUIJune 17, 2018
Brazil Playing XI: Alisson;Danilo, Silva, Miranda, Marcelo;Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho;Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.
Switzerland Playing XI: Sommer, Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichtsteiner, Xhaka, Behrami, Zuber, Dzemaili, Shaqiri, Seferovic
Bring on the third match!June 17, 2018
Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018! Day 4 of FIFA's showpiece event continue as third game of the day is between five time World Cup winners Brazil and Switzerland. Brazil had an amazing unbeaten run in the qualifiers to the World Cup and Tite and co. will be looking forward to continue the dream run against a strong Switzerland side.