Switzerland battled back from a goal down to earn a point in a 1-1 draw with Brazil as the two teams opened Group E play at Rostov Arena on Sunday.
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Favourites Brazil and Neymar open the tournament with Switzerland, after world champions Germany were stunned by Mexico and Serbia beat Costa Rica.
Six members of Luiz Felipe Scolari's 2014 squad are present in Russia, but Rivaldo believes they have healed their mental scars.
If Brazil have any hopes of winning the World Cup this summer, they must use their emotion to fire them up and not cry, according to legend Rivaldo.
Brazil head coach Tite has admitted that Neymar is "not 100 percent" ahead of the Selecao's World Cup opener against Switzerland on Sunday.
Neymar's last World Cup ended in agony. Now, four years on, history suggests the 26-year-old could be about to make this World Cup his own.
Brazil have shown all the signs they can rule the world yet again in Russia but they must make their excellent preparations count.
Neymar said he is uncomfortable with being the most expensive player in the world and that he would have not paid €222 million for himself.
History and logic say that the winner of a World Cup in Europe will be European. Is that a safe bet? Ian Darke looks at the front-runners.
Germany players view France and Spain as their biggest rivals on their way to defending the World Cup, according to a Sport Bild survey.
Brazil are favourites to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia ahead of reigning holders Germany, according to players of ESPN FC's Match Predictor game.
History shows that not conceding is key to winning major international tournaments. With that in mind then, who is the real favourite in Russia?
The World Cup has four teams clearly above the rest, but as we've seen in recent tournaments, nothing is guaranteed, and luck plays its part.
Legendary left-back Roberto Carlos says Brazil has lost its essence under boss Tite, but have made up for it with better organisation.