17 Nov

World Cup 2018: When Brazilian goalkeeper burst a Swiss balloon on live TV

first_imgSwitzerland, on Monday, displayed a tactical masterclass to completely neutralise the effect of the feared Brazilian quadrat to earn a 1-1 draw in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener.While Switzerland were always going to be a tough opposition, it was never expected that Brazil would struggle as much as they did in the second half.Switzerland did not only deny Brazil, they stopped, bullied, bruised and frustrated the Samba boys.Neymar became the most fouled player in a World Cup game since 1998 and that is how, Switzerland disintegrated the Brazilian defence.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEAs the match entered the last 10 minutes, Brazil looked completely worn out, devoid of any creative instinct and their goalkeeper Alisson stood at the back, frustratingly watching his team lose their creative flow.In the 84th minute, a red balloon appeared at the ground in the Brazilian penalty area. Alisson jogged towards the balloon looking at the stands and smashed it with his feet.Alisson Becker vs. Balloon pic.twitter.com/m3RLcKCuGBMuharrem Acar (@muharrem_acar) June 17, 2018He looked back at the stands, picked up the pieces and threw them away.The one goal that Alisson let through was a controversial header from point-blank range.Also read – Gabriel Jesus painted Brazil streets in 2014. In 2018, he’s a World CupperSwitzerland had got a corner and Steven Zuber, attempting to jump for the ball, pushed Miranda and stopped him from making a jump alongside.Rest of Brazil’s defence went to sleep as Zuber took the leap and headed home.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: Lackluster Brazil held to 1-1 draw by SwitzerlandApart from that goal and another save he made, Alisson was hardly required to protect is goal. Switzerland made a total of six attempts compared to Brazil’s 20. Out of those attempts from Switzerland, four were off target and only two were shot at the goal.It was Switzerland’s staunch defending that made them trump the flow of Brazil. They recovered a total of 56 balls, made 17 tackles, blocked seven shots and made 19 clearances — a clear indication of how they earned the draw.Also read – World Cup 2018: Coach Tite says anxiety hit Brazil hard vs SwitzerlandBrazil are one of the favourites in the tournament, given their quality and even Alisson is currently being pursued by top European clubs, including Champions League holders Real Madrid.Brazil will now have to win both their matches, against Serbia and Costa Rica, to guarantee themselves a spot in the Round of 16.last_img

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