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Brazil coach Tite was convinced Switzerland’s equaliser should have been ruled out for a foul as the five-time World Cup winners were held to a 1-1 draw in their Group E opener.
Swiss midfielder Steven Zuber headed his side level five minutes into the second half, leaving the Brazilians protesting in vain amid claims he had pushed defender Miranda as he climbed to meet Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner.
The South Americans also saw appeals for a penalty waved away after Gabriel Jesus had gone down under Manuel Akanji’s challenge to spark yet another debate over the VAR system.
Asked about the two incidents at his post-match press conference, Tite said: ‘I’d like to answer another question in terms of the performance, otherwise it sounds like an excuse for the draw, but I’m not going to run away from this question.
‘I’m just going to say this once: the Miranda moment was very clear. It’s a very clear play, it’s very, very clear. The second play, yes the penalty you could interpret, but the first one, you can’t discuss. You have to be fair.’
However, Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic was adamant that Mexican referee Cesar Ramos and his team had got it right.
Petkovic said: ‘We have the VAR and the VAR should provide answers. I just looked briefly at our goal – it was a regular goal, that was a regular duel. -AFP