What Brazil coach, Tite said after 1-1 draw with Nigeria

Tanya Simon
October 14, 2019

The five-time world champions fell behind in the first half, but Casemiro's equaliser early in the second period spared their blushes before Brazil wasted a string of chances to leave Southeast Asia with a victory after also being held by Senegal on Thursday.

"Now is the time to make mistakes but when we play in official competitions, we need to make zero mistakes". The match was 0-0 after 30 minutes.

Worryingly for Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain, the forward seemed to pull up with a muscle injury, grabbing the back of his left thigh before later having ice applied to it on the bench.

Globoesporte.com cited the Brazilian team doctor as saying the player was not in pain.

The young Nigerian side, whose average age is 23.5 years, gradually imposed themselves as Brazil struggled to cope with their rivals' pace and power.

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Gabriel Jesus, Firmino and Coutinho all went close for Brazil, but it was Nigeria who took the lead in the 35th minute when Joe Aribo burst through a gap in the South Americans' defence and skipped around Marquinhos before firing low past goalkeeper Ederson from close range.

Whatever the animated Tite told the Samba Boys at the break had instant impact, as his team equalised three minutes after the restart. Marquinhos' header came back off the bar but Casemiro was on hand to stab the ball across the line.

"Brazil is a top team, probably the best team in the world". We hope for a very good game against Brazil on Sunday. They can have a good future.

Since lifting the Copa America in July, Brazil have also drawn with Colombia and Senegal and lost to Peru.

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