Rostov-on-Don, Russia (dpa) - Switzerland came up with a spirited performance in holding five-time champions Brazil to a 1-1 draw in their World Cup opener on Sunday.
Brazil came out guns ablazing and went ahead in the 11th minute on a tantalizing long strike by Philippe Coutinho. But Switzerland stood up to the Selecao with the equalizer in the 50th minute on a Steven Zuber header. And then the Nati held off the powerful Brazilian attack to grab the point.
The draw gives both teams one point in Group E - behind Serbia who have three points after a 1-0 win over Costa Rica.