Switzerland 1-0 Brazil: Seleção crumble to defeat
The Seleção crumbled to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Switzerland in an international friendly at the St. Jakob-Park in Basel.
An own goal by Barcelona defender Dani Alves was enough to give the hosts a win after a lacklustre performance by Luiz Felipe Scolari's side.
Brazil created the first chance in what was a scrappy opening to the game as Fred released Hulk with a sublime flick but the winger blasted the ball straight at Benaglio in goal.
Then frustration spilled over as Neymar lunged into a tackle on Stephan Lichtsteiner, causing chaos as players from both sides confronted each other.
Neymar and Valon Behrami were booked for their part in the confrontation and it wasn't long before Brazil created another opportunity, this time for Neymar who dragged his shot well wide of goal.
Paulinho then clipped the crossbar with a glancing header from a quick corner before Neymar led penalty appeals after he was pulled back in the box, but the referee dismissed the claims.
After the break, Switzerland broke the deadlock after a howler from Dani Alves, the Barcelona defender heading into his own net as he attempted to defend a cross into the box.
Brazil were visibly shaken by the own goal and performance levels dropped, causing Scolari to introduce a raft of substitutions.
Jefferson nearly added to Brazil's woes with some clumsy footwork in his own area, but managed to evade the advances of Swiss forward Seferovic.
In the final minutes, Brazil failed time and time again to create chances against a well-organised Switzerland defence who held out for the victory.
Brazil XI: Jefferson; Alves, Thiago, Dante, Marcelo; Paulinho, Luiz Gustavo; Hulk, Oscar, Neymar; Fred.
Switzerland XI: Benaglio; Lichtsteiner, Klose, Senderos, Ricardo Rodriguez; Behrami, Dzemali, Stocker, Xhaka, Shaqiri; Seferovic.