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Brazil held to draw by Switzerland at World Cup

20 June, 2018, 17:37 | Author: Carla Brady
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"There was a lot of pressure and it was translated into too much speed in our last move and that means you are not precise", he said in his post-game press conference.

The whirlwind finish delighted the Rostov Arena, where yellow-shirted Brazil fans vastly outnumbered the red of the Swiss.

They will face a similar challenge finding space in attack against their next opponents Costa Rica, who play with a five-man defence and were only beaten 1-0 by Serbia due to an outstanding free kick from Aleksandar Kolarov.

But Switzerland stood up to the Selecao with the equalizer in the 50th minute on a Steven Zuber header.

Brazil's draw with Switzerland has left them one game away from equalling their longest winless streak in the World Cup - a run of four matches without victory spanning the 1974 and 1978 tournaments.

Brazil need to improve on dead balls, said Tite.

Live updates of the Group C match between Brazil and Switzerland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

In fact, Switzerland fouled Neymar 10 times, the most in a World Cup game since Tunisia tackled England's striker Alan Shearer 11 times 20 years ago.

The Roma defender made the crucial breakthrough early in the second half with a magnificent effort, and although Serbia missed chances to further extend their lead, they were not overly troubled by the Costa Ricans.

It is perhaps unsurprising that Brazil were a little nervous given their last outing at a World Cup saw them humiliated 7-1 by Germany, even if the only surviving members of that team are Marcelo, Paulinho and Willian.

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic was delighted with how his side followed his gameplan.

"In both those occasions the referee and the video assistant referee (VAR) did not act and review the passage of play and I can't help myself but to ask: why is there a video referee if he or she is not used when there are controversial, match deciding incidents?"

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.

"It's practically impossible to neutralize a player like Neymar for the full 90 minutes". We had 20 chances, but too many shots were off target (14).

"I think the team has shown great determination and I'm very, very happy".


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