Brazil coach Tite under pressure after dismal draw

June 20, 2019
Brazil’s Roberto Firmino passes the ball to teammate Gabriel Jesus to score a goal that was disallowed by the referee during a Copa America Group A  match against Venezuela at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, on Tuesday.
Brazil’s Roberto Firmino passes the ball to teammate Gabriel Jesus to score a goal that was disallowed by the referee during a Copa America Group A match against Venezuela at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, on Tuesday.

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After a dismal performance in a 0-0 draw against Venezuela, the blame is falling squarely on the shoulders of Brazil coach Tite.

The hosts were booed in their opening Copa America match, but still pulled off a 3-0 win over Bolivia. They were booed again on Tuesday.

"The fans want to translate the superiority into goals. (Boos) are understandable," Tite said. "We had a lot of possession, but we were not effective."

Tite has struggled to make his substitutions work, and the match against Venezuela at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador was no exception.

Needing a goal to win the game and secure a spot in the knockout stage, Tite brought on defensive midfielder Fernandinho for defensive midfielder Casemiro in the 57th minute -- a like-for-like change at the back when something was needed up front.

"What?" gasped TV Globo commentator Galvao Bueno when the change was made.

In the 71st minute, Tite finally brought on a forward, left winger Everton. His sharp dribbles and passes were trouble for the Venezuelan defence, but they didn't lead to any goals.

Brazil, however, did have two goals reversed by video review because of offside calls, one by Gabriel Jesus early in the second half and another by Philippe Coutinho near the end of the match.

"We tried from the start. It was a tough game, on a tough field that was very dry," said Coutinho, who scored two in the opener. "But there is no excuse. We need to work towards the next match."

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