Senderos 1 Neymar 0 - Switzerland get the better of Brazil

Switzerland V Spain

Fulham defender and former Arsenal man Philippe Senderos helped Switzerland pull off an international shock in midweek.

As international results go, Switzerland's 1-0 win over Brazil was certainly a surprise.

The same Brazil who tore World Champions Spain apart at the Confederations Cup earlier this summer, failed to breach Switzerland's defence in a firecely contested friendly in Basel.

New Barcelona striker Neymar could not get the better of Switzerland's backline, featuring Fulham's Philippe Senderos.

Neymar's frustration boiled over when he chopped down defender Stephane Lichtsteiner, sparking a mass brawl between the players of the two teams.

The goal came early into the second half, when Barcelona defender Dani Alves headed the ball in his own net, failing to control a cross from Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri.

It goes down as another major result for Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld, formerly himself of Bayern.

Hitzfeld masterminded a memorable 1-0 win over Spain at the 2010 World Cup in the opening group game.

Switzerland are currently four points clear at the top of their World Cup qualifying group, with surprise package Albania in second place.

Last night they ensured they will be one side Brazil will be keen to avoid on their quest for glory on home soil.

The result was Switzerland's first win over Brazil since a friendly victory back in 1989, and it was Brazil's first loss in seven months.

Featuring for Brazil was defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo, whose future has been the hot topic of conversation as he looks for a move away from Bayern.

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