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Rostov-on-Don - Brazil coach Tite says Neymar is not fully fit but will play some role when the five-time champions open their 2018 World Cup account against Switzerland on Sunday.

"There is a lot of pressure when we play because the world of football is looking at us", Tite said Saturday.

Germany breezed through qualifying, scoring 43 goals and conceding just four and, astonishingly, they average nearly four goals a game in their opening World Cup matches since last losing their first tournament game in 1982 against Algeria.

While others were left to ponder if, much like President Trump's infamous coif, Neymar's statement 'do has the potential to become sentient in its own right.

Switzerland were well-organised throughout and Brazil created chances but failed to convert them as Neymar and his team mates lacked the guile to secure the win, becoming the latest of the tournament favourites to stumble.

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Switzerland dominated the midfield for long spells against a Brazil team that had been keen to start with a win after its disastrous exit as host in 2014.

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"I think the Argentinians felt a bit frustrated that they weren't getting through and it was important we equalized so quickly". But Paul Pogba won a tight match for the 1998 champions when his shot bounced over the line off the crossbar in the 81st minute.

Brazil has won 17 of its 22 matches since Tite took over as coach in 2016. "But anxiety hit us hard".

Four years after injury cut short his World Cup and Brazil went on to suffer a humiliating 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany without him, Neymar is once again spearheading his country's hopes. "I got the green light from the doctors and always remained very positive in the past and managed to increase my workload step by step".

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.

As a result of those nerves, the Brazil defence were too passive when Zuber barely had to jump to head a corner home in the 50th minute, giving the Swiss a deserved point in a group also featuring Serbia and Costa Rica.

"I don't think about that. In any case, he is in a suitable state to play".

If you didn't catch the game on Sunday evening, the Brazilian spent the majority of his time rolling on the floor.

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