Neymar misses Brazil World Cup training

Brazil vs Switz

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The Rostov Arena will provide a spectacular setting for the second match in Group E at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, which pits tournament favourites Brazil against Switzerland, who are the only side in history to have beaten eventual World Cup champions in their opening match.

With the exception of Coutinho, nearly all of Brazil's creativity went down the drain as Switzerland swiftly took control of the proceedings at the expense of a dismal approach adopted by the five-time World Cup winners.

With 20 minutes gone, Coutinho gathered a clearance 25 metres from goal and curled a marvellous shot in off the far post. The only Swiss man in there, Steven Zuber, has a free header.

Neymar and Miranda argue with the referee Cesar Ramos, something Brazil manager Tite did not appreciate.

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"I hoped that we would do what we didn't against Portugal, that we would play our game and try to impose our way of playing", he said.

"Until we scored the goal there was a lot of pressure". We were not precise enough.

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I was seeing it again but it's not for me to talk about it, there are four professionals working for that.

Instead, Brazil's second most expensive player, Coutinho, pulled Tite's side's strings, constantly finding right-winger Willian and drifting striker Gabriel Jesus with sweeping passes although Switzerland managed to deal with the threat.

"We really did a good job", Switzerland keeper Yann Sommer said.

"I feel what they've got up front is fantastic".

Perhaps this is why Neymar was quiet in the opening stages, but the strength of this Brazil team as opposed to the one in 2014 is that they don't simply wait for him to do something.

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

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