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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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ANFA to provide Rs 50,000 each to women football player

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KATHMANDU—  All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has announced to provide Rs 50,000 each to the members of Nepali women team which was successful in clinching first runner up position at the SAF U-18 Football Championship held in Bhutan.

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A meeting of ANFA presided over by its Chairperson Karma Chhering Sherpa on Tuesday took the decision to this effect.

In the final match held on October 7, Bangladesh defeated Nepali team by 1-0 goal margin. Nepal had reached the final by outshining arch-rival India by 3-1 in penalty shootout.

The Nepali women football team is returning home today, ANFA informed.

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