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World Cup 2018: Switzerland hold Brazil to 1-1 draw

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ROSTOV-ON-DON — Frustrating night for the five-time World Cup champions Brazil as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their opening Group E match on Sunday.

Switzerland played physical, fouled plenty to try and slow down Brazil’s rhythm, and earned a surprising result that puts them in a great spot moving forward.

The match was pretty much all Brazil from the beginning, but outside of its lone goal, the ball just didn’t want to go in.

Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring for the five-time champs with this stunning signature curler in the first half. But then Steven Zuber brought the underdogs level in the second half just minutes in, heading home but also pushing Miranda in the process.

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From then on, it was all Brazil with Switzerland defending with 10 behind the ball, trying to keep the game level. Yann Sommer made some big stops in the final 20 minutes, but Brazil was also wasteful.

It’s a golden point for Switzerland but as for Brazil, it puts the team in an uncomfortable, yet manageable spot moving forward.

Before Brazil’s World Cup opener, manager Tite explained how unimportant it was for Brazil, the country that seemed like it needed a purifying victory more than any, to win this game against Switzerland.

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Martyrs Memorial ‘A’ Division League Football: Army beats Brigade Boys

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KATHMANDU- The departmental team, Nepal Army, beat the Brigade Boys Club in the first match of the seventh round games played today under the Martyrs Memorial ‘A’ Division League Football Championship.

The match was held at the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) complex in Lalitpur.

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Army edged Brigade Boys, one goal to nil. Tanka Basnet became the star player for the Army as the lone goal he converted Santosh Budhathoki’s pass ball into a goal through a header in the 67th minute which sealed the fate of the match.

Army’s Tek Bahadur Budhathoki was declared the Man of the Match. The Army is in the fourth position in the points table. It has 17 points from seven games. Brigade Boys is in the 11th place with four points from seven games.

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