Copa America 2019: Tite slams state of Arena do Gremio pitch

Brazil coach Tite was unhappy with the pitch at the Arena do Gremio after reaching the Copa America semifinals.

Published : Jun 28, 2019 11:19 IST

Tite slammed the state of the pitch at the Arena do Gremio after Brazil scraped past Paraguay to reach the Copa America semifinals on Thursday.

The tournament host was held to a 0-0 draw in the quarterfinal in Porto Alegre, but edged through 4-3 on penalties to set up a meeting with either Argentina or Venezuela. But Tite — whose team squandered numerous chances after Fabian Balbuena was sent off for Paraguay — was unhappy with the state of the surface, labelling the situation "absurd."

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"It is absurd, at a high level, to have a field so difficult to play," he told a news conference. "The guy has to give three touches to play. It's absurd."

Brazil was unable to make the most of its chances in the final half-hour after Balbuena was sent off for denying Roberto Firmino an obvious goalscoring opportunity. But a save from Alisson to deny Gustavo Gomez and Derlis Gonzalez miss in the shoot-out set up Brazil, with Gabriel Jesus tucking away the winning penalty after Firmino also failed to convert.

Tite knows what could await his team in the last four, especially if Argentina can overcome Venezuela on Friday. "Very large individual technical quality. As a challenge for all teams, they have to adapt when they have the best in the world," he said.

"Messi is unquestionable."

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