Brazil demand FIFA answers after VAR controversy

Brazil demand FIFA answers after VAR controversy

Brazil demand FIFA answers after VAR controversy

After failing to live up to pre-tournament hype with a disappointing 1-1 draw in their World Cup opener against Switzerland, Brazil need to quickly find a key to unlock opponents happy to sit back and defend for most of the game.

Miranda, Coutinho and substitute Roberto Firmino all had decent chances as Brazil hunted for a second goal, but they seemed to have left their shooting boots back at their training camp in Sochi. They must perform as the strong team they are if want to lift their sixth World Cup ever.

This time was not the case, as the Swiss team put an incredible effort to take one point against the top contender to lift the World Cup trophy on July 15.

"We had some good, clean situations but could have been more precise".

The coach of the Selecao was adamant Switzerland's goal should have been ruled out by referee Cesar Ramos, and Neymar agreed with that assessment.

Speaking after the full-time whistle, Petkovic said via BBC Sport: "I'm very proud and pleased with the discipline with the way we played".

The last time it didn't win its first game in a World Cup, Pele had just retired from soccer.

One of the main title favorites, Brazil suddenly sees itself having to come from behind to keep alive its hopes of winning the team's first world title since 2002.

"Miranda's move, I'm not going to talk about the referee, but he said they were checking", Marcelo said to Globo. "He will not go through any specific treatment, we are not anxious".

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In the first game, he only shot four times and two were on target, which is a significantly poor performance by the Paris Saint-Germain striker.

Brazil travelled to Russian Federation after a triumphant set of results in their warm-up matches but were disappointing in their Group E opener on Sunday as a very solid Swiss side showed why they are now sixth in the FIFA rankings, reports Xinhua news agency.

Brazil next faces Costa Rica on Friday in St. Petersburg and anything but victory will be a disaster.

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

"I think it's not the same as a foul".

"We were challenging them [the players]".

"In the second half, I told them to remain calm, focused, believe in ourselves and try and push higher up on the pitch and create possibilities and opportunities to score, and that's what we did".

The former Santos attacker made a scoring return to action in friendly wins over Croatia and Austria prior to Brazil's arrival in Russian Federation, where they will take on Switzerland in their Group E opener in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday.

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