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.Follow @gorkhapost
SAFF U-15 women’s championship begins today; India face Sri Lanka in inaugural match
THIMPU — Six under 15 teams from Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Nepal are participating the second edition of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) U-15 Women’s championship, Thimphu that is kicking off from Thursday.
India and Sri Lanka are facing each other in an inaugural game at the Changlingmithang stadium. The match is taking place at Thimphu-based Changlimithang Stadium at 4:00 pm local time.
Similarly, Bangladesh and Pakistan under Group B are facing each other in the second game scheduled at 7:00 pm local time today itself.
At the pre press conference held in Thimphu on Wednesday, the coaches and team captains from six countries said that SAFF U-15 Women’s championship 2018 would be the toughest championship.
Of the six countries, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are taking part in the championship for the first time. Bhutan is hosting the 10-day championship for the first time.
Bangladesh had won the title by defeating India 1-0 in the first edition of the Championship held in Bangladesh.
Nepal’s 32-member women’s football team had left Tuesday for Bhutan to play in the Second U-15 SAFF Championship Women Football.
The team comprises 23 players, three coaches, five officials and one sports journalist. Nepal is placed in Group B of the Championship. Nepal will play against Pakistan on August 11 in the first game and against Bangladesh on August 13.Follow @gorkhapost