Brazil coach Tite had an emotional exchange with his Ecuador counterpart Gustavo Alfaro after the teams drew 1-1 and started looking into the knockout stage of Copa America.

TV footage showed Alfaro praising his counterpart’s ethics and adding that Tite deserves the World Cup title.

Alfaro and Tite shared a friendly hug after the exchange at the Olimpico Stadium in Goiania.

Ecuador’s coach insisted Tite should remain in the job despite recent internal problems at the Brazilian soccer confederation. Brazilian media reported Tite could have been fired before Copa America because of his team’s resistance in playing the tournament on home soil during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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“Don’t go, please. Resist because you will end up being world champion, remember what I am saying,” Alfaro told Tite on the pitch after the…

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