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The former Real Madrid full-back is adamant the current crop of Brazil players have what it takes to secure another World Cup win in Russian Federation.

World Cup holders Germany crashed to a 1-0 defeat to Mexico in their opening match on Sunday, seriously complicating the rest of their tournament.

And former Barcelona star Rivaldo, who tasted World Cup glory in 2002 and scored 35 goals in 75 appearances for Brazil, believes anything less than victory is unacceptable. It's for the referee to see it. "But it didn't happen", Miranda said.

"We didn't deserve to end with a draw. We knew this game wasn't going to be easy".

Thoughts on Neymar's performance against Switzerland last night?

Brazil enters the game healthy when it comes to the players it took to Russian Federation, but the team will likely miss defender Dani Alves, who injured his ACL before the tournament.

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic was delighted with how his side followed his gameplan.

"I feel similarities, Neymar was injured, Ronaldo was injured also".

"Of course, neutralizing Neymar was a key ingredient of our game", he added.

"It's something I like about leadership, I feel I can transmit it to the group", he said. "They did, and it worked".

Coutinho's whirlwind finish delighted the Rostov Arena, where yellow-shirted Brazil fans vastly outnumbered the red of the Swiss, although Tite's side failed to build further momentum, as Neymar was frequently stopped in his tracks by tactical fouls.


'Neymar is going to be marvellous in Russian Federation and win the trophy for us, ' Carlos said. "We had some great moments and positive moments". We've been building up for a long time and it's gone well.

Brazil has won 17 of its 22 matches since Tite took over as coach in 2016. It took them fully two years to recover from the experience, with the arrival of the Wily Tite in the dugout in the middle of 2016 restoring a sense of calm to the team.

Messi's Argentina were held to a surprise 1-1 draw against Iceland.

With Aleksandar Kolarov of Serbia scoring with a direct free-kick, this is the third goal in the tournament that has been scored from a free-kick after Cristiano Ronaldo's goal for Portugal and Aleksandr Golovin's goal for Russian Federation. We had 20 finishes but we should have make the goalkeeper work harder. "But I am happy with the way we've been performing".

Ahead of their campaign beginning this weekend, Brazil have been unable to escape reminders of a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals of the tournament on home soil four years ago.

The Swiss are sixth in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, four places behind Brazil, and they won nine of their 10 qualifying matches.

"I have nothing to say about it", he said.

"I don't think about that".

If you didn't catch the game on Sunday evening, the Brazilian spent the majority of his time rolling on the floor. "In any case, he is in a suitable state to play".

"Tite has found a way to put the team together, he found a way to create this harmony with the players".


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