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World Cup result: Brazil 1-1 Switzerland; points shared despite Philippe Coutinho stunner



Brazil kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland. Follow the action LIVE with Unique Sports.
Five-time world champions Brazil kick off their World Cup campaign against a fiercely organised Switzerland.

Brazil are the most in-form side going into the tournament with 17 wins in 21 games and they offered some thrilling displays in their warm-up friendlies as well.

The Swiss have developed a reputation for being strong defensively and hard to beat, losing just one of their previous 22 internationals.


Brazil XI: Alisson, Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho, Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.

Switzerland XI: Sommer, Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichtsteiner, Xhaka, Behrami, Dzemaili, Zuber, Shaqiri, Seferovic.

FT: Well that’s a turn up for the books. Switzerland have held tournament favourites Brazil to a 1-1 draw in their opening Group E clash.

The South American side dominated possession throughout and showed flashes of brilliance, but they were far too brief.

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95: Neymar has a free-kick around 35-yards from goal. Will he summon his inner Cristiano Ronaldo and ping it? Nope. He clips it into the box and Switzerland scramble it clear.

94: Marcelo races to keep a crossfield ball in play but it skids off the turf for a goalkick, which Sommer will take his sweet little time with.

92: Inches. Inches away from the winner. Centre-back Miranda arrives at the edge of the penalty area and scuffs an effort wide of the post. Literally anyone but him, right?

90: Was THAT the chance? Coutinho’s wicked cross is flicked towards goal by an unmarked Firmino but Sommer is quickly over to parry it clear.

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88: Chance! Willian makes himself a few yards on the right and cross for the unmarked Neymar, whose header falls kindly for Sommer. I blame his new Spaghetti haircut for taking the pace out of that one.

86: Lovely interplay from Firmino and Neymar but the Liverpool star can’t pull the trigger with a crowd of bodies in the way. Four minutes plus stoppage time for an unlikely winner. The Swiss waste a bit of time with Lichtsteiner being replaced by Lang.

83: Roberto Firmino gets his first sight of goal but volleys over from an acute angle. I think Sommer had it covered.

80: Stephan Lichtsteiner is down holding his face having been breathed on by Miranda. I think he’ll survive.

78: Brazil starting to show some urgency now, but that’s leaving some space for Switzerland to break into. Set up for a grandstand finish folks.

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino replaces Gabriel Jesus.
75: Penalty appeal! The referee is checking VAR to see if Gabriel Jesus was dragged down by Zakaria inside the box… no penalty! The defender was using his arms but probably not enough to stop the Manchester City star.

Incidentally, the build-up to that Brazil penalty appeal was sensational.

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73: The Swiss continue to frustrate and create a couple of opportunities themselves as Dzemaili strikes from distance. Bit tame.

70: A Philippe Coutinho miskick, there’s a collectors item for you. And a terrible cliche now I think about it. The Brazil star collects from Neymar and hooks it miles wide.

Zakaria replaces Behrami, who was clutching his hamstring.

69: Arsene Wenger on beIN Sports: “Lichtsteiner is too slow to deal with the pace of Marcelo, Coutinho, and Neymar on the left. Xhaka’s positioning has been poor and hasn’t been able to contain the Brazilian midfield.” *Drops mic.*

Behrami booked for his 967th foul on Neymar. Touch-tight would be an understatement.
68: Lichtsteiner is living dangerously after ploughing through the back of Gabriel Jesus. The referee lets him off but he can’t be far away from a second booking. Schar tugs Neymar back and receives a caution of his own.

66: Renato Augusto, who plays his club football for Chinese club Beijing Guoan, replaces Paulinho.

65: Wow, apparently Brazil have conceded from 10 of their last 12 shots on target. I suppose that 7-1 thrashing to Germany makes that statistic a little unfair.

62: Brazil make a change with Fernandinho replacing Casemiro, who was on a booking.

60: Panic! Neymar is moving really gingerly after a collision with Stephan Lichtsteiner. Looks like the Swiss defender stepped on his toes.

59: Philippe Coutinho nearly doubles his tally but his first AND second shots are blocked by Behrami. He’ll have a few bruises tomorrow.

56: Now what’s going on here? The referee is blowing his whistle like a security guard in HMV racing after a perp. Not willing to share how I know that. There’s a bit of pushing and shoving but nothing serious. Getting lively now.
55: Valon Behrami has a muscular injury, which is unfortunately a familiar sight.

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52: Questions marks being asked of Alisson. The Roma goalkeeper, who’s been linked with every team under the sun, didn’t really stand a chance with the pace of the delivery. Decent goal in my book.


50: Football 101 from Switzerland yields an equaliser.

Xherdan Shaqiri, who’s been linked with Liverpool, sends an inswinger into the area and Hoffenheim’s unmarked Steven Zuber rises highest to powerfully head home.

Brazil are all appealing for a foul in the area for a push on Miranda, but the centre-back was far too weak.

49: Seferovic does well to knock a long ball forward down to Lichtsteiner but Marcelo makes the block and Switzerland have themselves a rare corner.
48: Casemiro, who is my punt for most yellow cards in the tournament, is booked for diving into Behrami. I’ll start spending the winnings now…

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47: Dzemaili decides to try his luck from 35-yards. It didn’t go well. It’s been a pretty quiet night for Willian and Gabriel Jesus. The Swiss defence have the pair on lockdown.

45: And we’re back underway. Do you think ITV pundit Roy Keane was impressed with Brazil’s performance? Not a chance. You’ve got 45 minutes to impress him, lads.

No changes for either side at the break. I would fancy Switzerland to take Lichtsteiner off at some point. He’s facing Coutinho, Neymar and Marcelo on a booking.

Incidentally, Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson is in the studio on Swedish TV talking about Lichtsteiner. “He’s the most angry player I’ve dealt with. He’s always angry and it’s impossible to have a discussion with him.”

HT: Referee Cesar Arturo Ramos Palazuelos, that’s a mouthful, brings the half to a close. Brazil are deservedly ahead courtesy of a signature Philippe Coutinho stunner.

The five-time winners haven’t been scintillating, but you sense that they’ve got plenty more up their sleeves should it be needed.

Switzerland have done exactly what Switzerland do. Defensively well drilled and organised, but are toothless going forward.

44: Switzerland are really giving it a go here. They aren’t afraid to commit bodies forward but the quality in the final third has been abysmal.

41: There’s a little concern from the Brazil supporters wth Neymar taking a while to get back to his feet. The Brazil coach said he wasn’t 100 percent, and I now believe him…

38: Ouch! Thiago Silva takes a Dzemaili strike square in the face. He’s stunned for a few seconds before getting back to his feet.
36: Seferovic and Shaqiri link up nicely but Miranda is quickly there to punt it into orbit.

I think Brazil’s change of tempo is their scariest attribute. They have this habit of slowing things down and then cranking things up in the blink of an eye.

33: Sererovic intercepts Marcelo’s cross for a corner, which Jesus nods back across goal but Sommer is down quickly to smother.

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30: Arsenal full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner grabs Neymar by the neck and drags him to the floor. Obvious booking but now he’s got to tread carefully for an hour. Good luck with that.

27: Switzerland have responded well with plenty of possession in Brazil territory, but they haven’t really troubled Alisson. if Liverpool scouts were checking him out, they won’t have learned anything thus far.

24: Since 1966, Brazil have scored 37 goals from outside the box at the World Cup; 11 more than any other team.

23: I’m aware that I said Switzerland would be very happy with the start they made just seconds before Philippe Coutinho made me look like a fool. He’s got a habit of doing that

20: Do. Me. A. Favour. Every Liverpool fan will be watching that Philippe Coutinho strike thinking: “We should have got £200m for him!”

Yes, the Brazilian superstar has scored an absolute scorcher. He collects the ball around 30-yards from goal before cutting inside and lashing an inch-perfect strike into the right-hand corner.

19: OK, ninteen minutes gone and Switzerland will be fairly happy. They’ve limited Brazil to a couple of chances and most importantly – Granit Xhaka is still on the field without a caution. Forget Mexico being Germany, THAT’S the surprise of the tournament.

17: Behrami won’t be welcome in Brazil anytime soon. He’s crashed through the back of Neymar twice now and receives a booking.

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Brazil have themselves a free-kick in a very dangerous position. It’s just outside the area and no less than seven men in yellow shirts want to take it. Neymar wins the battle but strikes it straight into the wall.
15: Brazil shifting through the gears as Switzerland drop deeper and deeper. Philippe Coutinho is pulling the strings in midfield and he’s finding Neymar and Willian in pockets of space.

12: The Swiss are lucky to survive. Philippe Coutinho and Neymar link up nicely inside the penalty area and goalkeeper Sommer saves Paulinho’s snapshot.

9: Brazil are easing themselves into this match. They aren’t in any rush and don;t feel pressured to force attacks.

6: It comes to something when you can leave Roberto Firmino, Douglas Costa and Fernandinho on the bench. This Brazil squad really is stacked to the hills.

Granit Xhaka, in traditional fashion, looks to pole-axe Neymar for no apparent reason and he’s warned by the referee. Should have been booked.

3: Great tactical thinking from Switzerland. If Brazil don’t touch the ball, they can’t score. They’ve kept the ball nicely in the opening stages.

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1: And we’re underway. Can Brazil erase the memory of their last World Cup outing, or will the ruthlessly organised Swiss spoil the party?

18:10: And here are your starting XI’s folks. That Brazil squad is obscenely talented with Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus in attack. That was a mouthful.

Brazil XI: Alisson, Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo, Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho, Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.

Subs: Cassio, Pedro Geromel, Filipe Luis, Douglas Costa, Renato Augusto, Marquinhos, Fernandinho, Fred, Firmino, Taison, Fagner, Ederson.

Switzerland XI: Sommer, Rodriguez, Akanji, Schar, Lichtsteiner, Xhaka, Behrami, Dzemaili, Zuber, Shaqiri, Seferovic.

Subs: Mvogo, Moubandje, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Fernandes, Zakaria, Gavranovic, Drmic, Djourou, Burki.


I’m really grateful to our fans, Messi speaks after netting hat-trick




Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi, was given a standing ovation by Real Betis supporters, after scoring his 33rd La Liga hat trick in their 4-1 win at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday.

Messi opened the scoring with a free kick and added the second before the break after a brilliant Luis Suarez assist.

He completed his treble late on with an exquisite chip, after Suarez and Loren Moron had exchanged goals.

The third Messi strike, which killed off any late hopes of a Betis comeback, drew an ovation from the home supporters which the Argentine international says he has never previously experienced.

“I don’t ever remember a night like this [being applauded by rival supporters].

“I’m really grateful for the way the fans responded. I honestly don’t remember an ovation like that [from rival fans],” Messi told Movistar.

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Sadio Mane top highest goal scorer in Premier League




Following the conclusion of match-day 31 of the English Premier League, EPL, on Sunday, below are the current highest goal scorers chasing the Golden Boot in the English top-flight league.

Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane scored in his side’s 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday to take his tally to 17 goals so far this season.

Everton stars, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison scored in their side’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday to take their tallies to 12 goals each.

See top 20 of Premier League highest goal scorers so far below:

18 gaols: Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

17 goals: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenaham), Sadio Mane (Liverpool).

15 goals: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

13 goals: Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

12 goals: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Raúl Jiménez (Wolves), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton), Richarlison (Everton), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United).

11 goals: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth), Son Heung-Min (Tottenham), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Joshua King (Bournemouth), Glenn Murray (Brighton).

10 goals: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).

Meanwhile, the match-day 32 of the English Premier League will resume coming weekend.

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Dogo explains as Sunshine Stars FC held to goalless draw in Akure by Enyimba




Sunshine Star Football Club of Akure have played a goalless draw with Enyimba International Football Club of Aba in the match 11 of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, at the Akure Township Stadium.

The week 11 fixture saw the Enyimba team doing most of the defensive playing, while the Akure-based team, Sunshine Stars FC’s strikers could not prove their potency within the box 18 of the Aba team after series of chances.

Reacting after the match which saw his team drop two points at home, the Sunshine Stars FC coach, Kabiru Dogo, who described the performance of his boys as not too good, disclosed that it was due to logistic problems within the club.

“As a coach, I’m not happy for the outcome of the match, as you can see my team played one of their best games today but we could not get the goals in the area of attacking, because football is all about goals, I could not say we did well, we didn’t do well, but there is room for improvement.

“We had opportunities to bring in new strikers into the team but due to some problems and logistics within the club, we had to manage what we have,” the Sunshine coach stated.

On his own part, the Head Coach of Enyimba International FC, Usman Abd’allah, who lauded his team’s spirit at getting the deserving one point away from home, maintained that it will help in boosting the mental stability of his boys in subsequent fixtures.

“A draw is a good one for us, even though we came here for the three points because the last two away matches because we were able to grab two point each from that match. But we thought we are going to get our first three away points but we had one point, it’s okay.

“At this moment, we are one step ahead because we are now picking up because the away points we have been getting is helping in replacing those we have lost. It’s a recovery of what we lost against Lobi Stars.

“I like the result and the fighting spirit of my boys,” Usman stated.

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