– How do the Swiss group opponents start the tournament?
After Switzerland’s victory against Cameroon, tournament favorites Brazil also start the tournament. The second game of the Swiss group in the live ticker.
Posted today at 7:45 p.m
The line-up of the Serbs shows: The biggest name is not in the starting line-up. Dusan Vlahovic from Juventus Turin recently complained about problems with the adductors. But the Serbs are playing with two players who are well known in Switzerland.
RB Salzburg defender Strahinja Pavlovic played pretty mediocre for FC Basel from February to June this year. And central defender Milos Veljkovic from Werder Bremen was born in Basel and played for Basel until the under-16s.
And Aleksandar Mitrovic from FC Fulham should take care of the goals – even if he has to do without his strike partner Vlahovic.
The Brazilian line-up shows that when it comes to the names, coach Tite’s team is the clear favorite in the duel against Serbia. However, Argentina and Germany also thought so before their start in the tournament.
Of course, the focus of the Brazilians’ first appearance is on one player in particular: Neymar. The 30-year-old has scored 11 goals in 14 Ligue 1 games for Paris Saint-Germain and has 15 goals in total this season.
And his goal in this tournament is also clear: he wants to win the tournament with Brazil after suffering an injury in 2014 and suffering a 7-1 loss to Germany and playing in the quarter-finals against Belgium in 2018.
The memories of the last duels with Brazil and Serbia are still fresh for the Swiss: They also met these two opponents at the last World Cup in Russia four years ago.
Switzerland met Brazil right at the start and secured a point in the 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don with Steven Zuber’s goal. In addition to the goal, the private duel between Valon Behrami and Neymar, which the Swiss clearly won on points, was also remembered.
Four years ago, Vladimir Petkovic’s team won the game against Serbia 2-1 thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, who famously celebrated the second goal of the day with the double-headed eagle.
The two Swiss goal scorers had been badly provoked and insulted before and during the game.
Welcome to the second game of the Swiss World Cup group. After Switzerland started the tournament by beating Cameroon in the morning, coach Murat Yakin’s team can now sit back and see how the other two teams in Group G are doing and what awaits them in the next two games.
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