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.
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.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.