Neymar was fouled 10 times in Brazil's opening match against Switzerland, the most for any player in a World Cup game since England striker Alan Shearer was fouled 11 times against Tunisia on June 15, 1998.
"Of course, neutralizing Neymar was a key ingredient of our game", he added.
- Xherdan Shaqiri has been directly involved in five of Switzerland's last six goals at major tournaments (four goals, one assist). "It would have been better to play Douglas Costa, and I still don't understand why he didn't play".
El Tri features Giovani dos Santos, who's making his third World Cup appearance and has 18 global goals.
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The government went on: "In this day and age, launching a trade war is not in the interest of the world". China "doesn't want a trade war " but has to "fight back strongly", said a Commerce Ministry statement .
"But the most important is that we have peace of mind so that we can recover well and go back to Sochi with our families to gear up for the next match".
"I was second place in 1998 and in Brazil this is worthless". But they couldn't get another one in front of a very Brazil-friendly crowd at the Rostov Arena.
"Until we scored the goal there was a lot of pressure".
If Germany finish as group runners-up, they could face Brazil in a clash of World Cup titans in the next round - a ideal chance for the Brazilians to revenge the humiliating 7-1 defeat to the Germans on home soil in 2014.
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This is arguably Senegal's strongest squad in their entire history and I'm backing them to qualify second in their group. Poland beat Denmark to the top spot in qualifying Group E and feature a nice blend of veteran stars and youthful talent.
"You see the team, they are very relaxed but responsible and a very friendly group, like a big family we had this same team spirit in 2002".
Grouped with Serbia and Costa Rica, this is an opportunity for either team to jump-start their World Cup, but it would be a massive upset if Switzerland can get three points.
Petkovic said it was time the world took notice of his team, which is sixth in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings and won nine of its 10 qualifying matches to reach its fourth straight World Cup. "Sometimes there is a lack of recognition (in Switzerland's ability) and I think that's a pity because this team really believes in itself and can achieve results".
"I have said it on many occasions - our teacher has changed the face of the national team", Brazil captain Marcelo said.
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The game would end 5-0 to Russian Federation , thus continuing the tradition of hosts not losing their opening World Cup game. Putin and Infantino smiled and shrugged as they sat next to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the VIP box.
Revered by his players and credited with turning Brazil's national team around, Tite knows he's not ideal.