Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic wants more recognition after Brazil draw

Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic wants more recognition after Brazil draw

Javier Howell
June 20, 2018

We have to be cooler, a little more precise.

France are the only heavyweights to have won their first game so far, and even they needed the video assistant referee (VAR) to win a penalty and goal-line technology to confirm their winning goal in their 2-1 victory over Australia.

Steven Zuber, a midfielder for Hoffenheim, equalized for Switzerland in the second half, heading home a goal off a corner kick in the 50th minute.

"But of course I'm not happy with the result and of course I wanted to win tonight".

The teams were divided into eight groups, with four in each, and the top two from their relevant groups will proceed to the next round, known as the playoffs or the knockout stage, to keep vying for the much-coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy.

"Gabriel Jesus, who was controlling the ball in the Swiss penalty area with a clear opportunity to score a goal, was held, also with both hands, by Mr. Akanji, who knocked him down and thus committed an evident penalty".

After Sunday's match, Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic denied that his side intentionally fouled Neymar, saying: "Most of the duels were perfectly clean and very often we had one-on-ones with Neymar".

"The Serbs are a great team with players who have been together for a couple of years already".

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"It's not up to me, there are three professionals working there", he said, per Reuters (h/t ESPN FC).

In revitalising the side and finding the right blend, he ensured they were the first South American side to reach Russian Federation 2018.

The Swiss defenders were guilty of committing numerous cynical fouls on Brazil's star forward Neymar throughout the game.

"We'll play our fullbacks down the wings, and use them as a weapon", he said. "He will not go through any specific treatment, we are not anxious".

Tite said he wouldn't make excuses for the disappointing scoreline.

"Sometimes, there is a lack of recognition and that is a pity". We showed and demonstrated that this team always believes in itself and can achieve results. I think we have a tough group.

Brazil head coach Tite has expressed his disappointment following the Selecao's 1-1 draw against Switzerland in their Group E encounter at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Sunday.

"I hoped that we would do what we didn't against Portugal, that we would play our game and try to impose our way of playing", he said.