Brazil meet Switzerland in the newly built 45,000 Rostov Arena in Sunday's evening game but before that Germany play Mexico in a mouthwatering tie in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. However, the City sensation will keep his place ahead of Liverpool star Firmino tomorrow.
The man of the match, Mr. Magoma, said he was certain that Brazil could not beat Switzerland given the Zurich side's recent form.
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It also complained about Mexican referee Cesar Arturo Ramos's decision not to blow his whistle when a Swiss player pushed Miranda before scoring an equaliser.
However, Brazil paid for their failure to kill the game off when Steven Zuber powered home an equaliser from Xherdan Shaqiri's corner five minutes after the break.The pressure will now be on Brazil to kickstart their campaign when they face Costa Rica on Friday.More news: Instagram takes on YouTube with IGTV
"Neymar is not yet 100 percent", Brazil coach Tite said Saturday.
For Serbia, this year's tournament marks their first World Cup appearance since 2010 and are in good spirits having warmed up with a 5-1 win over Bolivia.
Neymar skipped training on Monday, according to ESPN.
'What we can do is to calm down, ' Lasmar said.
"Yes, Switzerland hit us a lot. but all matches will be like this, I guess", Coutinho told reporters.More news: Supreme Court rules states can collect sales tax for online purchases nationwide
Neymar, playing in his first competitive fixture since suffering a broken metatarsal in February, was seen limping at various moments in the game, but the 26-year-old assuaged fears he had suffered another fitness problem. All of us have to help the team reach its potential but we have to respect individual characteristics.
As a result, Neymar has had limited game time going into Russian Federation, featuring in just their warm up wins over Croatia and Austria. Their last defeat came in 1934 in a 1-3 loss against Spain, whereas Switzerland are unbeaten in their opening game in each of their last four appearances, winning the last two against Spain in 2010 and Ecuador in 2014.
He added that Brazil boss Tite is preparing the team for the challenge.
"I'm not going to take his initiative away from him in the last third of the field, take away his genius", Tite said.More news: World Cup Group C