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Played
August 14, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
St. Jakob-Park — Basel
Referee:‬ D. Aytekin‎
Attendance:‬ 31100‎
 
48′ (OG) Daniel Alves
 
Top of the Match
Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri
Switzerland
Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri
Switzerland
Flop of the Match
Daniel Alves
Daniel Alves
Brazil
Neymar
Neymar
Brazil

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

Dani Alves headed into his own net to end a run of form which saw the Selecao win the Confederations Cup

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, unwittingly handing the Swiss a reward after strong pressure from Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side.

The victory for Switzerland marks its 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 which had won the FIFA Confederations Cup final against Spain.

Julio Cesar, currently seeking a move from English Championship side QPR, missed out while reported Barcelona target David Luiz was replaced by Dante at the back.

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

The home side continued to struggle to retain any 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 its finishing was wayward as a shot from Shaqiri cleared the crossbar just before the interval.

Tempers began to fray shortly before halftime, 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’s class was evident in patches, and it should have opened the scoring when Paulinho’s header came back off the crossbar, before at the other end Shaqiri tested Jefferson with a long-range effort.

Just after halftime, Switzerland’s pressure ended with a cross from Shaqiri and Alves inadvertently head past his own keeper to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

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 after 66 minutes.

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 its World Cup qualifying campaign.

Hitzfeld’s men currently sit top of UEFA Group E, although they still have another four games to play, the next coming against Iceland on Sept. 6.

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Switzerland

1
Diego Benaglio
Goalkeeper
3.50
14
2.50
34
3.00
26
3.00
5
Timm Klose
Defender
3.50
20
Blerim Dzemaili
Midfielder
75′
3.50
34
Granit Xhaka
Midfielder
3.50
85
Valon Behrami
Midfielder
23′
4.00
14
Valentin Stocker
Midfielder
46′
3.00
11
Xherdan Shaqiri
Midfielder
86′
4.00
8
3.50

Brazil

3.00
1
Jefferson
Goalkeeper
2.00
22
3.00
4
Dante
Defender
3.00
12
Marcelo
Defender
56′
3.00
4
2.50
22
Luiz Gustavo
Midfielder
56′
2.50
11
Oscar
Midfielder
59′
3.00
8
Paulinho
Midfielder
2.50
-
Fred
Striker
56′
2.50
29
Hulk
Striker
62′
3.00
11
Neymar
Striker
23′

Substitutes

1
Marco Wölfli
Goalkeeper
 - 
1
Yann Sommer
Goalkeeper
 - 
16
3.00
-
3.00
25
 - 
88
Gökhan Inler
Midfielder
 - 
27
 - 
25
3.00
14
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
30
Julio César
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
David Luiz
Defender
3.00
17
Maxwell
Defender
56′
 - 
-
Bernard
Midfielder
3.00
-
Fernando
Midfielder
56′ 83′
3.00
-
Hernanes
Midfielder
59′
 - 
-
Jean
Midfielder
69′
2.50
-
Lucas
Midfielder
62′
2.50
7

Striker
56′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0