Steven Zuber denies Brazil opening win as Switzerland secure a point

Steven Zuber denies Brazil opening win as Switzerland secure a point

"There was a lot of pressure and anxiety on the players and that translated into the finishes that were not precise". We had 20 chances, but too many shots were off target.

The Brazilians remain haunted by their 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semifinals that was followed by a 3-0 defeat against the Netherlands in the third-place playoff.

However, the Brazilians paid for their failure to kill the game off when Steven Zuber powered home an equaliser from Xherdan Shaqiri's corner five minutes after the break.

"I was expecting to get a victory so, of course, I'm not happy with the result", continued Tite.

He also believed his team should have had a penalty in the game following the challenge on Miranda.

"When we are able to play forward and press higher up we were able to do it well and it is an excellent starting position for the rest of our group matches".

"The Serbs are a great team with players who have been together for a couple of years already". The second play, yes the penalty you could interpret, but the first one, you can't discuss.

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.

"It's not up to me, there are three professionals working there", he said, per Reuters (h/t ESPN FC). "They have to do their job, and if they did not do it right, their problem".

Brazil need to improve on dead balls, said Tite.

The PSG forward, who was making only his second start since a metatarsal injury ended his season in February, did not look as if he had fully recovered, as his coach had warned on the eve of the game by admitting his side's talisman was "not 100 percent". "He will not go through any specific treatment, we are not anxious".

"I hope this will mean we are taken seriously", he said.

"Sometimes, there is a lack of recognition and that is a pity".

"Brazil is one of the favourites of the tournament, but Switzerland are always hard to handle, we are well organised and we can bother big teams", he told Goal.com. "I am proud of the way my team played and against a good rival we had to be disciplined as a side".

Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their World Cup opener, with national icon Marta left questioning the rough treatment of Neymar and the point of VAR. "We're talking about a World Cup so everybody will try to defend their game". I didn't see any bad fouls and there were too many yellow cards.

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