Brazil set to change their captain for Switzerland match

Brenda Watkins
June 17, 2018

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic will play a 4-2-3-1 formation and has kept faith with striker Haris Seferovic even though the forward did not start a league game for Benfica in 2018, while veteran attacking midfielder Blerim Dzemaili plays ahead of Remo Freuler.

Brazil vs Switzerland wraps up 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer games on Sunday in a potentially lopsided match.

The five-time champions appear to have put behind them the 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals four years ago, impressing as they eased through qualifying for Russian Federation, finishing top of the South American standings, with the most goals scored and fewest conceded. While Brazil has enough talent to go far without him, they'll need Neymar to continue that form to win it all.

Switzerland are slight favorites to get out of the group stage with Brazil over Serbia and Costa Rica.

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The aim now is to become only the second South American nation to win the World Cup on European soil, after a Pele-inspired Selecao triumphed in Sweden in 1958.

Switzerland, meanwhile, will be looking to Xherdan Shaqiri for inspiration - the Stoke City man was the last player to score a World Cup hat-trick before Cristiano Ronaldo's treble against Spain on Friday.

Brazil will want three points to start their run to the final, while Switzerland would likely be happy with a point.

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