Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their World Cup Group E opener in Rostov and it was Steven Zuber’s header that raised concerns on whether he fouled before directing the ball into the back of the net.
Philippe Coutinho struck a sublime goal to open the scoring in the first half, but Brazil were punished early in the second half when Zuber lost his marker at a corner and equalised – a goal that might have opened the game up had Brazil been at their best.
Coach Tite complained bitterly that Switzerland’s equalising goal ought to have been ruled out for a foul. He argued it had been a “clear” offence.
“The Miranda moment was very clear,” Tite said. “It’s a very clear play. You could interpret the penalty [appeal] but the first one, you cannot discuss. You have to be fair. I cannot talk about something that was so obvious. There was a foul.
“I will also say this – Miranda said to me: ‘Well, when he pushed me, I should have fallen over,’ but I said: ‘No, absolutely not. Don’t simulate anything. Don’t draw a foul otherwise it will look like you are trying to do so.’”
Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic however says the goal was “a regular” goal.
“It was a regular goal, a regular duel. You look to create space to have the opportunity. The defender was not well positioned. The VAR referees also keep an eye on proceedings.”