Tite expects more from Firmino

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Brazil coach Tite expects more from Roberto Firmino after the forward struggled to have an impact in his side's FIFA World Cup qualifying draw against Colombia.

Firmino was handed a rare start up front as Brazil, which has already qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, drew 1-1 in Barranquilla.

But Tite said Firmino, who has scored three goals in five games for Liverpool to start the season, could offer more than he showed in the qualifier.

"Firmino has more to give," the coach said.

"It was his normal performance, but he has more to give."

Willian opened the scoring for Brazil just before half-time, but Radamel Falcao's goal earned a point for Colombia, which is now second in the CONMEBOL standings.

Tite felt the draw was a fair result as his perfect record in qualifying was ended at nine consecutive wins.

"Colombia have high-quality offensive players – James [Rodriguez], Falcao, [Edwin] Cardona," he said.

"They are a team that have offensive options and require very strong attention. I was happier with the performance in this match than against Ecuador [a 2-0 win last week].

"In this game, we maintained a consistent performance. The draw was fair, but if there was a winner, it would've been Brazil because we had more chances."

Brazil faces Bolivia and Chile in its final two qualifiers in October.


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