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Brazil Coach Tite Disappointed With Draw Versus Switzerland

Brazil Coach Tite Disappointed With Draw Versus Switzerland

It wasn't enough to ensure victory, but Philippe Coutinho provided a sensational opening for Brazil's World Cup campaign.

The five-time world champions took a deserved lead midway through the first half in the Group E game when Coutinho's irresistible long-distance shot cannoned in off the far post, but Tite's side, who had looked so impressive in the tournament build-up, did not build on their advantage.

Goalkeeper Yann Sommer made some big stops in the final 20 minutes, but Brazil was also wasteful. Soon after the second half started, however, Steven Zuber headed in the equalizer.

"I was pushed out of the way. But it didn't happen", Miranda said. We didn't deserve to end with a draw.

But all eyes will be on Neymar after he fractured his foot in March.

A key to Coutinho's good performances with Brazil has been Barcelona teammate Paulinho, the defensive midfielder who has been responsible for giving the playmaker more freedom to help Neymar and the other forwards.

"I am proud of their determination", Petkovic said of his team.

"We have to prepare mentally to play against such strong players".

"I think Switzerland have done very well in the past".

After Sunday's match, Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic denied that his side intentionally fouled Neymar, saying: "Most of the duels were perfectly clean and very often we had one-on-ones with Neymar".

"I guess we could have been better in our last pass, that's true", he said. But they couldn't get another one in front of a very Brazil-friendly crowd at the Rostov Arena.

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".

"Until we scored the goal there was a lot of pressure".

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.

Brazil will play its next group stage match vs Costa Rica in St. Petersburg on June 22.

Serbia, with their win over Costa Rica, leads the Group E standings with three points.

A former coach at Lazio, the Bosnian said he had tweaked training schedules to cope with the heat in Rostov that hit 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) Saturday. I didn't see any bad fouls. "If everyone does his job, then the team grows and plays well".