Switzerland’s team’s bus crashes into a POLICE CAR ahead of their match against Brazil – but the World Cup match goes ahead as planned and no injuries were reported
Switzerland’s team bus collided with a police force this afternoon ahead of their clash with Brazil.
Footage filmed of the team’s journey to the stadium showed traffic slowing down and the police car involved with the escort being hit from behind by the Swiss team bus.
Fears of injuries to the players and staff on board were quickly allayed when the full squad arrived at Stadium 974 in time for their Group G match against Brazil.
The slow speed of the bus meant there was little chance of injury for any player, but it’s still an incident that can shake up a couple before the game.
Each competing team is given a full police escort as a crucial security measure before each match, but Switzerland’s players and staff may have cursed the very thing that was designed to keep them safe. The fact that no player was injured means it can be dismissed as an unusual incident.
Facing the tournament favourites, Brazil, Switzerland in their second match needed the best preparation they could get for the match where the winner qualifies for the last 16.
Footage from an aerial camera showed the Swiss team’s bus driving and colliding with a police car in front
Both sides won their opening games, with Switzerland beating Cameroon 1-0 thanks to a goal from Breel Embolo, while Brazil beat a staunch Serbia 2-0 with two goals from Richarlison, one of which was a spectacular scissor kick.
Before the game, Swiss head coach Murat Yakin praised Brazil, saying they influenced his interest in football.
“Personally, I’ve been looking forward to this match since the draw came out,” said the 48-year-old. “Since my childhood I have talked a lot about Brazil – maybe that’s why I became a footballer.”
‘We are of course very much looking forward to it. It’s great to play against big names and show what we’ve got.’
The Swiss were knocked out in the last 16 stages of the 2018 World Cup but were tipped as a possible surprise package in Qatar, and they lived up to that title in their opener, dominating the African side and should have won by more.
Switzerland captain Granit Xhaka told reporters ahead of the game that he would not hesitate to take on Arsenal clubmates Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli if they were one-on-one.
Switzerland’s players arrived in time for their game against Brazil – injury free
Fortunately, no players were injured in the incident, as they all got away unharmed before arriving at Stadium 974 in time
“It doesn’t matter that we play on the same team. This is the Word Cup. You play for your own team, you play for your own country and you want to win,” he said.
Brazil are chasing their sixth World Cup title – their first since 2002 – although they will have to navigate the rest of the group stage at least without Neymar.
The Paris Saint Germain superstar went off injured against Serbia and was confirmed to miss Switzerland and Cameroon’s fixtures as medical staff return him to fitness for the last 16 and beyond.