Philippe Coutinho Nets Stunner But Brazil Held By Solid Switzerland (Photos & Video)

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The world's most expensive player appeared to be limping on several occasions during the second half, with rips in his socks clearly visible, but Coutinho insists Neymar has shrugged off Switzerland's aggressive tactics.

But as numerous World Cup favourites have found so far in Russian Federation, friendly performances mean little when the competition kicks off for real and Brazil were found wanting against an aggressive and well-organised Swiss side.

This time skill alone will not help any team to win the World Cup.

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Steven Zuber headed the Swiss back level five minutes after the restart.

"Playing against Brazil and Spain, we demonstrated we could react, that this team always believe in ourselves and can get results".

"Of course, neutralizing Neymar was a key ingredient of our game", he added.

"I'm happy with the way we've played", Tite said. "They did, and it worked".

Neymar is yet to reach 100 per cent in his recovery from a broken foot but is poised to star for Brazil at the World Cup, according to head coach Tite.

Coutinho came close to restoring Brazil's lead when he chested down a long ball from the left before blasting a volley toward the far post, but he was unfortunate to see his attempt sail wide.

This will be an event where speed and power will play an influential role as Mexico showed against Germany and Iceland against Argentina.

"What happened with Miranda was clear, but it doesn't explain the result", Tite said.

Tite said Neymar might not be fully fit until the team's third match in Russian Federation. "There was a lot of pressure and anxiety on the players and that translated into the finishes that were not precise. We should have made their 'keeper work harder than that", Tite said.

But Switzerland successfully resisted late Brazilian pressure to earn a point in their opening Group E fixture.

Referee Cesar Ramos took action at the half-hour mark when Stephan Lichtsteiner brought down Neymar on the edge of the box, but Switzerland continued to bully the former Barcelona man at every opportunity, with Fabian Schar and Behrami both going into the match official's book too.

The former Santos attacker made a scoring return to action in friendly wins over Croatia and Austria prior to Brazil's arrival in Russian Federation, where they will take on Switzerland in their Group E opener in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday.

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