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Coach Tite says anxiety hit Brazil hard vs Switzerland

20 June, 2018, 05:53 | Author: John Swanson
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A day earlier, the forward had skipped training, one day after Sunday's 1-1 draw against Switzerland - a game in which he was fouled 10 times, the most of any player in the competition in 20 years.

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Then at the world Cup 1950 in Brazil, the match ended in a fighting draw - 2:2, and in the last match (sparring in 2013), the Europeans and even defeated five-time world Champions in Basel - 1:0. It's for the referee to see it.

However, Philippe Coutinho did bring a bit of magic to the proceedings on 20 minutes, courtesy of a stunning long-range goal which curled into the back of Yann Sommer's net.

Meanwhile, Tite's opposite number Vladimir Petkovic said he hoped his team would get some deserved recognition for the hard-earned point after few had given Switzerland a chance against one of the favourites in Russian Federation.

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"Of course, neutralizing Neymar was a key ingredient of our game", he added.

"I hope that people will take notice of us now and take us seriously, sometimes there's a lack of recognition towards us and that's a pity because we played very well". "They did, and it worked".

"Neymar is not yet 100 percent", Brazil coach Tite said Saturday.

Coutinho had another chance to put Brazil in the lead but he sent the ball wide in the 67th minute.

Brazil lost their last two games at home in 2014; a 7-1 hammering by Germany in the semifinal followed by a 3-0 defeat by Netherlands in the third-place playoff game.

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Tite said midfielder Fred, newly signed by Manchester United, is still recovering from an ankle injury and is the team's only doubt.

The confederation said on Tuesday (NZT) "these two actions constitute. clear errors by the referee, which thus should form part of the reviewable decisions that are analysed through VAR". "There was a lot of pressure and anxiety on the players and that translated into the finishes that were not precise". "I'm not happy with this result. We should have made their 'keeper work harder than that", Tite said.

Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic has expressed his delight after his side came back from 1-0 down to earn an unexpected point against World Cup favourites Brazil.

The Brazil defeated in that quarter-final included Alisson, Casemiro, Coutinho and Neymar with all seven players from that clash featuring in Sunday's game.

After blanking against Switzerland he'll be looking to open his account when Brazil face Costa Rica (June 22) before ending their group phase campaign against Serbia (June 27).

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