However, Switzerland, who had looked toothless throughout the first half, got back on level terms five minutes into the second period when Zuber rose unmarked to head home a corner kick.
"I'm very glad to score but what was important was our effort to win and what we did as a team is what counts", Coutinho said.
"I was a little bit anxious about the referee", said Arsenal full-back Lichtsteiner.
Neymar of Brazil reacts to a missed chance during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Ten of the fourteen fouls they committed were on forward Neymar.
- Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time since 1978, when they drew 1-1 with Sweden; they had won nine in a row between 1982 and 2014.
"Of course, neutralizing Neymar was a key ingredient of our game", he added. "We know there is another two hard games but we don't fear anybody", the Stoke star said.
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Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russian Federation.
"We have to provoke luck, you can not do that if you play defensively", said Petkovic at his pre-match press conference, according to the Swiss FA's website.
They were impressive in qualifying for this tournament, however, winning 12 of their 18 matches to comfortably top the South American group.
When asked to comment on his side's equaliser, the subject of some controversy due to a perceived foul by Zuber on Brazil defender Miranda, Petkovic replied: "The opponents were not well positioned and it was not a foul".
Neymar's injury problems did not stop him from scoring both in his return to action against Croatia as well as against Austria, but Brazil boss Tite admitted during his pre-match news conference that the 26-year-old was not in peak condition yet.
"They didn't give up, went the full 90 minutes, never gave up on themselves and when we were able to play forward and press high up, we did it very well indeed".
Brazil on Wednesday faces Serbia, the current Group E leader after it defeated Costa Rica, who will cross swords with Switzerland in a crucial group-stage match the same day. "Sometimes there is a lack of recognition (in Switzerland's ability) and I think that's a pity because this team really believes in itself and can achieve results".