Brazil boss Tite cries foul over Swiss leveller


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Brazil boss Tite was in no mood to accept Switzerland’s equalising goal after a disappointing 1-1 draw to start their World Cup journey in Rostov-on-Don.

The pre-tournament favourites assumed the lead when Philippe Coutinho’s curled in a stunning opener on 20 minutes but Brazil lacked the fluency and flair many had come expecting.

Gabriel Jesus and Willian played alongside Neymar in a front three full of potential, with Barcelona’s Coutinho behind them pulling strings.

Brazil could not get going and they were stunned shortly after half-time when Steven Zuber’s header from a corner levelled things up.

Zuber, making just his 14th appearance for the national team, powered home a header from close range.

Brazil felt a covering defender was shoved out of the way but, those with designs on winning the tournament will already be sensing defensive frailty from the Samba boys.

The draw halted Brazil’s run of nine wins in opening World Cup fixtures, and both sides now trail Group E leaders Serbia, who beat Costa Rica earlier on Sunday courtesy of a stunning free-kick from Alexander Kolarov.

Tite felt the performance was not up to scratch, but also that Switzerland’s goal should have been wiped off.

“We had too many balls off target, if we had been a bit more focused we could have made the goalkeeper work a bit more.

My expectation of course was to get a victory and of course I’m not happy with the result,” he said.

“It (Switzerland’s goal) has nothing to do with positioning, it was a foul.”

Brazil are 1.50 to win Group E, with Serbia now 4.33 and the Swiss 4.75 after their promising start.

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