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Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Senegal has Thiago Silva worried

Thiago Silva, Brazil, Senegal
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Thiago Silva was left “bothered” by Brazil’s 1-1 friendly draw with Senegal that saw them stretch their winless run to three matches.

Silva played the full 90 minutes of Thursday’s friendly in the humid conditions of Singapore as Brazil settled for a 1-1 draw against Senegal.

The Selecao got off to a bright start as Gabriel Jesus escaped his marker to slide the ball into the box for Roberto Firmino to chip the ball over Senegal keeper Alfred Gomis for their opening goal.

After a short break in the first-half, however, Aliou Cisse’s men began to pose more of a threat to Brazil. Their persistence was soon awarded when Marquinhos brought down Sadio Mane in the area.

Despite Ederson going the right way, the Manchester City number one couldn’t do anything about Famara Diedhiou’s penalty kick that put Senegal back on level terms before the break.

While Neymar came close and Jesus had a penalty appeal waved away, Brazil soon began to tail off in the second half. In fact, they nearly paid dearly for that when Mane’s 20-yard effort hit the post in the final five minutes.

The Copa America winners, therefore, have gone three matches with no wins for the first time since 2013.

“If I said I wasn’t bothered, I would be lying. Unfortunately, in the last three games we have failed to show our best selves,” Silva told reporters.

“I think we had the best chances but we were lacking a finish. It was a very equal game. We came up short on the last pass.

“We have to try to look at what went wrong and be more clinical with the last ball.

“Our opponents are more focused and studying our team. We have to get out of this rut.”

Captain Dani Alves added: “I don’t believe quality was missing. The opponents also played well and have good players,” said right-back Alves.

“The circumstances were difficult. We have an 11-hour time difference [between Brazil and Singapore]; it’s really hot. It’s not an excuse, but it affects you.

“It is never easy to win. We are doing our best, but of course, winning makes it easier to keep working.”

Brazil will next face Nigeria at the same venue on Sunday for one final friendly.

Dani Alves, Brazil, Senegal
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 10: Daniel Alves of Brazil and Lamine Gassama of Senegal in action during the international friendly match between Brazil and Senegal at the Singapore National Stadium on October 10, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Lionel Ng/Getty Images)