Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by a determined Switzerland side in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday night.
The ‘Seleção’ produced an impressive first-half display of pace, movement and creativity that was capped off at the 20-minute mark by one of the best goals of the World Cup so far.
Philippe Coutinho took possession on the left corner of the Swiss penalty area and hit a powerful, swerving 20-yarder into the top corner of the net.
Whichever angle you viewed it from, it was a stunning strike.
Coutinho’s golazooo pic.twitter.com/kEkdXs0WZJ
— FBL (@FOOTBALRLIFE) June 17, 2018
Coutinho with a stunning strike that's still curling #BRASWI #Coutinho pic.twitter.com/J3Uz8EyiPn
— InterYaSkriniar 🇧🇷🏴🇳🇬 (@InterYaSkriniar) June 17, 2018
The Swiss needed an answer, and they found one five minutes after the break, thanks to Steven Zuber, whose powerful header from a corner gave Brazilian keeper Alisson no chance.
Brazil pushed forward in search of a winner, but were unable to break through the stubborn Swiss defence.
Neymar and Miranda both had half-chances in the closing stages, but were unable to convert as the game finished in a 1-1 draw that will suit the Swiss a lot more than the Brazilians.
It means Brazil will be going full throttle for a win over South American rivals Costa Rica when they meet next Friday, while the Swiss face the early Group E leaders Serbia later the same day.