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Swiss beat Brazil thanks to Alves own goal

Swiss beat Brazil thanks to Alves own goal
Switzerland's Valentin Stocker fights for the ball against Brazil's Daniel Alves (centre) during their friendly soccer match at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel on Aug 14, 2013. Photo: AP
Embarrassing own goal in hot-tempered match ends Selecao’s run of six straight wins
Published: 7:38 AM, August 15, 2013
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BASEL — Brazil full-back Dani Alves scored an embarrassing own goal to send them tumbling to a 1-0 defeat against Switzerland in a friendly yesterday (Aug 14), ending their run of six straight wins.

Alves put through his own net at the start of the second half to give the feisty Swiss just reward for taking the match to the irritable 2014 World Cup hosts.

Far from being overawed by facing a Brazil side who demolished Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup final in June, unsung Switzerland’s hard tackling and cheeky skills clearly unnerved the South Americans.

Xherdan Shaqiri produced an inspired performance as he upstaged Brazil forward Neymar, who was jeered several times by the crowd after falling over and failing to win a free kick.

Brazil won all five matches at the Confederations Cup and beat France 3-0 in a friendly before that tournament.

However, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was unruffled by the shock defeat.

Switzerland quickly got under the visitors’ skin as Stephan Lichtensteiner tangled with Neymar and the impish Shaqiri repeatedly jinked around Brazilian defenders, who clearly did not enjoy being on the receiving end of some trickery.

“The result was not a surprise because we weren’t match fit and we were facing a team whose players have completed their pre-season and are in much better shape than ours,” ‘Big Phil’ told reporters.

“This (August date) is an impossible date to play and it appears to me that from next year, FIFA will remove it.

“We wanted more, we wanted to win, we had chances, we had more chances to score. But it’s within our expectations and what I told you before the game and, as I told you, we have a long way to go before the World Cup.”

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