Brazil will carry out “in-depth consultation” with FIFA on the pitch at the 974 stadium, Brazil team coordinator Juninho Paulista said on Tuesday after players criticized the “poor” state of the grass.
“We consulted after the Switzerland game, but we will consult further with FIFA,” he said at a press conference at the Grand Halam stadium, the five-times champions’ training venue in Doha.
Without the injured Neymar, Brazil beat Switzerland 1-0 on Monday evening in that stadium in the Qatari capital and qualified for the round of 16 on a date to be set when Group G is closed, which they lead with full points after two outings . They will face Cameroon in Lusail on Friday.
In case he finishes in the lead, ‘Canarinha’, one of the big favorites for the title, will play the match of the next phase in that same stadium against the runners-up of group H.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, already ranked with six points, leads that zone, followed by Ghana (3), South Korea and Uruguay (one point each).
“We believe that for the round of 16 match there (the pitch) will be more deteriorated because there are still two games to play” there, Poland against Argentina on Wednesday and Serbia against Switzerland on Friday, he added.
“I don’t know what can be done, but something has to be done to bring it to the level required for a World Cup,” he added.
After the match against the Swiss, several scratch card players have complained about the state of the 974 coursea stadium built with containers and other reused materials and which will be completely dismantled after the tournament.
“The pitch is not very dense, it’s not good for dominating the ball. We are used to playing in Europe on pitches that look like mats, we arrived here and there is no grass, it’s difficult. But if it’s difficult for us, it will be difficult even for the opponent” said striker Richarlison.
For his part, left-back Alex Telles said they realized since the warm-up that the pitch was “a bit strange”.
“The ball bounced more, he ran a lot and we didn’t feel very safe” for fear of injury, he said.
Midfielder Bruno Guimaraes felt the situation on the grass affected the development of play. “We tried to score in various ways but the pitch conditioned us. It was bad, it wasn’t what we expected. We had to master balls that we normally play with one touch, we lost some time there. But the important thing is that we got the three points,” she said.
With information from EFE
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