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Tite Rues Switzerland Goal

Brazil boss Tite was bitterly disappointed with the decision to allow Switzerland’s equaliser against his side in their 1-1 World Cup opener on Sunday.

Switzerland equalised in the second half through Steven Zuber’s header, though there appeared to be a push in the back of Miranda prior to the goal.

Tite bristled, “The Miranda moment was very clear. It’s a very clear play. You could interpret the penalty [appeal] but the first one, you cannot discuss.

“You have to be fair. I cannot talk about something that was so obvious. There was a foul. I will also say this – Miranda said to me: ‘Well, when he pushed me, I should have fallen over,’ but I said: ‘No, absolutely not. Don’t simulate anything. Don’t draw a foul otherwise it will look like you are trying to do so.’”

However, Tite admitted that his side were not sharp enough due to the pressure of the match, “There was a lot of anxiety, a lot of pressure and it was translated into the final action.

“We had more than 20 finishes but too many were off target. If we were more focused, we could have made the goalkeeper work more. After the equaliser you could feel something emotionally.

“There was a feeling. We had to be cooler, more precise. My expectation was for a victory and, of course, I’m not happy with the result.”


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