A tense match between Brazil and Switzerland last Sunday evening resulted in a 1:1 draw. This was quite a feat for Switzerland, considering Brazil was one of three widely agreed favorites going into the match – France and Germany were the other two.
This was the first time since 1978 that Brazil failed to win its opening world cup match – In 1978, the team drew 1:1 with Sweden.
Based on the stats, Switzerland was lucky to draw. Brazil had 21 shots at goal compared to Switzerland’s 6, and Brazil had 5 on target compared to Switzerland’s 2. Possession was more evenly split: 55% Brazil, 45% Switzerland.
Switzerland’s star goalkeeper Yann Sommer was kept busy. Sommer was born in Morges in the canton of Vaud.
Switzerland was also the match bad boy with 3 yellow cards to Brazil’s 1, and 19 fouls to Brazil’s 11.
Switzerland is second equal in its pool (Group E) alongside Brazil. Serbia won against Costa Rica giving it the lead.
Switzerland’s next match is at 20:00 (Swiss time) against Serbia on Friday in the Russian town of Kaliningrad, a city in the Russian enclave of the same name, which is surrounded by Poland and Lithuania.