Brazil forward Neymar says referee should have ruled out Switzerland's equalizer

Brazil forward Neymar says referee should have ruled out Switzerland's equalizer

Meanwhile, TUKO.co.kehad earlier reported that Costa Rica were beaten 1-0 by Serbia in the other Group E fixture.

Brazil, which was captained by Marcelo on Sunday evening, and their super star Neymar failed to make a real impact, and missed to score the victor with a header at the end of the game. "What we have to do is replicate it at the World Cup".

Brazil's players complained of a push on defender Miranda in the build-up to Switzerland's leveller, while calls for a penalty were turned down when Gabriel Jesus went down in the penalty area.

Fans react as they watch the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Group E soccer match between Brazil and Switzerland, at Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Brazil tried to pick up the pressure but the Swiss defence continued to work hard to destroy their attacks, with yellow cards mounting and the instances with Neymar getting battered - with Valon Behrami getting booked in the 68th minute for a challenge on the Paris St Germain star.

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The pressure will now be on Brazil to kickstart their campaign when they face Costa Rica on Friday. At the Rostov Arena, however, with the in-stadium big-screen showing replays of the goal, Neymar, Willian and Miranda all motioned towards the referee to look at the TV. It was certainly a memorable weekend for the Swiss maestro as he reclaimed his World No. 1 spot, won his 98th career title and then witnessed his country's football team register a historic result against Brazil.

It was Coutinho's 11th goal in 37 matches with Brazil. This was the first mistake by the technology at the World Cup and it was a bad one. "We had 20 shots, but majority were off-target".

Philippe Coutinho got Tite's side off to a flying start, but they couldn't hang on as the Swiss asserted themselves in the second half. While this Brazil team no longer relies on him, there is still a little bit of Neymar that wishes it did.

Switzerland were well-organised throughout and Brazil created chances but failed to convert them as Neymar and his teammates lacked the guile to secure the win, becoming the latest of the tournament favourites to stumble. It's for the referee to see it.

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