Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Pressure got to us against Switzerland: Brazil coach

Pressure got to us against Switzerland: Brazil coach

Five-time FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Marta wrote in a column for The Guardian after witnessing events at the Rostov Arena: "Within minutes of our opening game against Switzerland, we could see that this would be a hard game".

But the 26-year-old's strike eventually was not enough as some unconvincing defending from Miranda allowed Steven Zuber to level the scoring early in the second half after a Ricardo Rodriguez corner.

Brazil went all out in pursuit of a victor and came agonisingly close to finding it as Coutinho and Miranda lashed wide from inside the area while Neymar and substitute Roberto Firmino were denied by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

Steve McManaman breaks down Neymar's performance as the FC crew react to Brazil's draw with Switzerland in their World Cup opener.

"I was expecting to get a victory so, of course, I'm not happy with the result", continued Tite. "There was a lot of pressure and anxiety on the players and that translated into the finishes that were not precise".

According to Opta, Neymar became the most fouled player in a World Cup game since England's Alan Shearer against Tunisia in 1998, the Selecao striker having been illegally halted by Switzerland 10 times throughout the game. "But the most important is that we have peace of mind so that we can recover well and go back to Sochi with our families to gear up for the next match".

Ramos also ignored a penalty claim late in the game when Gabriel Jesus was brought to the ground by Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji.

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"I can't coach a team who complains". The second play, yes the penalty you could interpret, but the first one, you can't discuss.

Six months after his record-breaking transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar fractured his right foot in February in a match against Marseille.

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

Football fans on Sunday were shocked when Brazil struggled to win their opening match against Switzerland in a Group E game and settled for a draw.

Switzerland have only lost one game in their last 22 outings and coach Vladimir Petkovic had no pretensions about how they would line-up at the Rostov Arena, promising that his side would be organised. "I am proud of the way my team played and against a good rival we had to be disciplined as a side".

"I hope they will start taking notice of us and taking us seriously".

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