Barcelona duo Philippe Coutinho and Arthur both featured for Brazil in their disappointing friendly draw against Panama on Saturday in Portugal.
Tite’s men were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw against a determined and disciplined Panama side, who will be delighted to avoid defeat against the Selecao.
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Brazil went ahead just after the half-hour mark through Lucas Paquetá. The AC Milan man was found by Casemiro with a superb ball, and he finished at the far post.
However, Panama hit back just four minutes later. Adolfo Machado headed a free-kick into the box past Ederson in the Brazil goal.
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Both sides hit the woodwork after half-time. Richarlison volleyed an effort onto the crossbar, while Harold Cummings headed onto the woodwork, although the flag had gone up.
Arthur was handed a breather on 72 minutes for Brazil, the midfielder was replaced by Felipe Anderson as Tite sought a winner.
Richarlison and Casemiro went close again in the closing stages, as Brazil pressed hard for a second goal but simply could not conjure up a winner.
In fact Panama almost pulled off a shock win with a shot in stoppage time that whistled past the post and flew into the side-netting.
It was a disappointing showing from Brazil, with Coutinho also struggling to impress once again. The Barcelona star played all 90 minutes but had a quiet game and continues to look pretty short of confidence.
Brazil play again on Tuesday, they take on Czech Republic at the Eden Arena in Prague.