Brazilian forward Neymar, left, and Swiss striker Xherdan Shaqiri could tip the balance in Sunday's game. (Fabrice Coffrini / AFP; Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty Images)
Brazil vs. Switzerland
Group E, Rostov-on-Don
Brazil enters the World Cup as the main contender and in search of redemption after its 7-1 defeat in the semifinals as host country in 2014. The biggest question for this team concerns the foot of Neymar Jr. who underwent a surgical procedure to repair a fracture three months ago.
How much can the team expect from him? It will almost certainly start, but coach Tite says that "he is not 100 per cent yet, but he is a privileged and strong physicist, he is very fast and he has not lost it". I hope he is ready, but the medical staff knows better. He is good enough to play very well. "In an interview with Fox, Neymar emphasized that he was good to go, although he initially had his doubts after suffering the injury." Now, "he said," I feel ready to play. in the World Cup and serve my country "
Switzerland, meanwhile, is not expected to make a deep run in the tournament, despite its sixth place in the FIFA World Rankings, both teams had good qualifying performances, with Brazil finishing 10 points ahead of the runner-up, Uruguay, in the qualifying table and Switzerland losing only one in their group against Portugal, but Brazil is the team with hopes of reaching its first World Cup final since 2002, while Switzerland will probably be pleased to advance to the elimination stage.
When: Sunday, 2 pm Eastern.
How to watch on television: Fox.
How to broadcast online: Fox Sports and the Fox Soccer Match Pbad and FoxSportsGo.com applications.
How to look in Spanish: Telemundo.
How to see in Canada: The networks of TSN and CTV of Bell Media, the application TSN GO and TSN.ca/live.
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- World Cup show: semifinals, 2014.
- Best final: champions, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002.  Notable: Brazil has won 16 of its 20 opening matches in the World Cup.
- FIFA World Ranking: 2. ELO World Ranking: 1.
- World Cup Sample: Round of 16, 2014.
- Best Result: Quarterfinals, 1934, 1938, 1954.
- Remarkable: Switzerland's only defeat in qualifying against Portugal was the first time the team had been beaten in 90 minutes since 2015.
- FIFA World Ranking: 6. World ranking of ELO: 14.
Players to follow
All eyes will be on Neymar while playing for his sixth world title. Midfielder from Switzerland Xherdan Shaqiri has had a season of ups and downs, but his speed, his ability to prepare his teammates and his ability to score goals at the top will make him a key player for Switzerland.
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Brazil: vs. Costa Rica in St. Petersburg, June 22.
Switzerland: vs. Serbia in Kaliningrad, June 22.
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