Gilette Brasil Global Tour
 
Played
August 14, 2013 7:45 PM BST
St. Jakob-Park — Basel
Referee:‬ D. Aytekin‎
Attendance:‬ 31100‎
 
48′ (OG) Daniel Alves
 

Switzerland 1-0 Brazil: Alves own goal hands Hitzfeld's men famous win

The Barcelona full-back ensured their first match since their Confederations Cup win ended in defeat for Luiz Felipe Scolari's men

Switzerland brought an end to Brazil’s 11-match unbeaten run as Dani Alves headed into his own net to hand the hosts a shock 1-0 win.

The Barcelona defender failed to control a swinging cross from Xherdan Shaqiri and put the ball through his own goal with 47 minutes gone.

The victory for Switzerland marks their first since 1989 against the five-time world champions.

Hitzeld fielded a strong side for the match, including veteran Philippe Senderos as well as promising Bayern Munich youngster Shaqiri.

His Brazil counterpart Luiz Felipe Scolari opted to stick with nine of the XI who had won the Confederations Cup final against Spain, with Julio Cesar and David Luiz absent.

The visitors started strongly, piling on the pressure  – and it looked like they would be rewarded in the 11th minute when Fred shook off his man to feed Hulk, but quick reactions from Diego Benaglio saw the 27-year-old’s shot kept out.

The home side continued to struggle to retain possession, and the Wolfsburg goalkeeper was called into action again a few minutes later. Hulk was once more involved as he charged at goal, but his shot fell well for Benaglio, who saved with his feet.

Switzerland did pose some threat on the break, but their finishing was wayward.

Tempers began to fray shortly before half-time, when Stephan Lichtsteiner was chopped down by Neymar, with the Barcelona striker earning a yellow card as referee Deniz Aytekin struggled to separate the players.

Brazil should have opened the scoring when Paulinho’s header came back off the crossbar, before Shaqiri tested Brazil goalkeeper Jefferson with a long-range effort at the other end.

At the break, the hosts withdrew Valentin Stocker for Tranquillo Barnetta, while 21-year-old Fabian Schaer made his international bow at the expense of Senderos.

The changes reaped rewards within a few minutes, as Switzerland’s pressure ended with a cross from Shaqiri and Alves inadvertently headed past his own keeper. 

Brazil's embarrassment was almost increased soon after when Jefferson failed to control a ball leading to a melee in the box, with Haris Seferovic just beaten to it by the Brazilian.

Scolari opted to make three changes to force the game, with the most notable seeing 31-year-old Paris Saint-Germain defender Maxwell make his international debut while Fred – who has scored five in five for Brazil – left the field to be replaced by Jo.

That did not seem to help the visitors, who still found themselves battling against the impressive Swiss attack – which was typified through Shaqiri, who once again fired over the crossbar.

Brazil attempted to fight back in the latter stages, going close through Jo, but debutant defender Michael Lang intercepted.

The loss marked the first for Brazil since February, while Switzerland gained a confidence-boosting win ahead of the resumption of their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Switzerland

1
Diego Benaglio
Goalkeeper
14
34
5
Timm Klose
Defender
20
Blerim Dzemaili
Midfielder
75′
34
Granit Xhaka
Midfielder
85
Valon Behrami
Midfielder
23′
-
Valentin Stocker
Midfielder
46′
11
Xherdan Shaqiri
Midfielder
86′
8

Brazil

1
Jefferson
Goalkeeper
22
4
Dante
Defender
12
Marcelo
Defender
56′
4
22
Luiz Gustavo
Midfielder
56′
11
Oscar
Midfielder
59′
8
Paulinho
Midfielder
-
Fred
Striker
56′
29
Hulk
Striker
62′
11
Neymar
Striker
23′

Substitutes

1
Marco Wölfli
Goalkeeper
-
Yann Sommer
Goalkeeper
16
-
25
88
Gökhan Inler
Midfielder
27
27
14

Substitutes

30
Julio César
Goalkeeper
23
David Luiz
Defender
17
Maxwell
Defender
56′
-
Bernard
Midfielder
-
Fernando
Midfielder
56′ 83′
-
Hernanes
Midfielder
59′
-
Jean
Midfielder
69′
-
Lucas
Midfielder
62′
7

Striker
56′

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match