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Although it took them over an hour to break Serbia’s stubborn resistance, five-time winners Brazil opened their account with a 2-0 victory in only their second match against a European opponent since Belgium knocked them out of the last World Cup. Now, on Matchday 2 they face another European foe in the form of a Swiss team who edged past Cameroon in their opening fixture. Brazil registered nine shots on target, without reply, and enjoyed 59% of the possession. Switzerland only had three shots on target, while allowing five, and had 51% of the ball in a tight match against their west African opponents.

Richarlison continues to justify his inclusion in the starting eleven, ahead of Gabriel Jesus and has now scored nine goals in his last seven games for the Seleção. He’s expected to start up front once more, and both sides are likely to use a 4-2-3-1 formation. Brazil is expected to make at least one change, with Neymar anticipated to miss the game with an ankle injury. Despite being ranked 14 places below world number one Brazil in the FIFA list, Switzerland will take heart from their record against Brazil. The Swiss have managed two wins, and four draws, with the Seleção victorious on the other three occasions. While a fourth Brazilian win seems likely, even a point for the A-Team would put them in a strong position to reach the last 16 for the fourth time in the past five World Cups.

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