LIVE: Brazil vs Switzerland

3′ CHANCE – Stoke man Shaqiri works his way to the edge of the box before lifting a low cross towards Dzemaili but the latter leans back as he shoots and he can only fire over the bar. Disappointing but that is a warning sign for Brazil.

2′ We have had a slow start to this game with Brazil yet to get forward with any real purpose. Switzerland look very rigid and everyone is sticking to their position when Tite’s men have the ball.

1′ Referee Cesar Ramos gets us underway here in Rostov-on-Don, with both teams wearing their traditional kits of yellow with blue and red with white.

The national anthems are done, kick off just moments away!

The two teams have just finished their warm-ups at the Rostov Arena and we have just 20 minutes to wait before we can finally see what Brazil have to offer!

Vladimir Petkovic decides to stick with his tried and trusted 4-2-3-1 formation, with Seferovic set to lead the line on his own. New Arsenal man Lichtsteiner leads an experienced side but Akanji is the exception. The 22-year-old wins just his eighth cap at the heart of defence.

Brazil start with the impressive quartet of Neymar, Jesus, Willian and Coutinho, with Liverpool man Firmino forced to settle for a place on the bench. 

Switzerland SUBS: Josip Domic, Breel Embolo, Johan Djourou, Francois Moubandje, Denis Zakaria, Gelson Fernandes, Michael Lang, Yvon Mvogo, Remo Freuler, Mario Gavranovic, Nico Elvedi, Roman Burki.

Switzerland Starting XI (4-3-2-1): Yann Sommer, Stephan Lichtsteiner (c), Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez, Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Blerim Dzemaili, Steven Zuber, Haris Seferovic.

Brazil SUBS: Ederson, Douglas Costa, Geromel, Taison, Roberto Firmino, Cassio, Marquinhos, Renato Augusto, Fagner, Filipe Luis, Fernandinho.

Brazil Starting XI (4-3-3): Alisson, Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo (c), Paulinho, Casemiro, Coutinho, Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.

Tonight’s TEAM NEWS coming up…

Those expecting a shock might be waiting a while, with Selecao unbeaten in their last 12 World Cup group games. Brazil have also topped their group in every single World Cup since 1982 so Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia have their work cut out in the next few weeks.

Bit of a rarity tonight as these two battle it out in a World Cup for the first time since 1950. Switzerland travelled to Brazil on that occasion with the game ending 2-2.

We could have a cracker on our hands tonight as both teams enter the game in terrific form. Tite’s men are unbeaten in 11 matches, while Switzerland have not tasted defeat since October 10 last year.

Good evening and welcome to our live text coverage of the Group E match between Brazil and Switzerland from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The South Americans are the favourites to win the competition this summer and they will be looking to make a statement after Germany’s defeat earlier today.

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