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Gabriel Jesus got in the way of Richarlison's run against Panama

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Brazil drawing against Panama just shouldn’t happen.

But on Saturday, the five-time world champions, with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Richarlison all starting, were held to a 1-1 draw against the nation ranked 76th in the world.

AC Milan’s Lucas Paqueta opened the scoring for the Selecao but their lead lasted just four minutes, Panama’s Adolfo Machado levelling the match.

So there’s work for Tite to do as Brazil continue their preparations for the 2019 Copa America.

Neymar was absent through injury but the Brazil coach still would have expected his side to breeze past Panama, who conceded 11 goals in three matches during the 2018 World Cup.

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus was introduced on the hour mark but he was unable to make a difference.

And a clip from the match shows that if anything, he just got in the way.

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Gabriel Jesus ruins Richarlison's run

Richarlison went on a mazy run, skipping past Panama defenders, when the space opened up for him to shoot.

But Jesus ran across to try to get on the end of Richarlison’s touch and appeared to impact the Everton man.

His shot was saved but without Jesus’ intervention, he may well have scored.

Jesus: Post-World Cup was difficult

Jesus received criticism after failing to score for Brazil at last year’s World Cup and he’s admitted that it had an impact.

“It weighs nothing on me today, but it was very difficult to assimilate," Jesus told reporters, per AS. "My family and friends have helped a lot. 

"I do not live this moment today because of my poor form, but because of the great phase of [City teammate Sergio] Aguero. 

"When I play I help the team. In the post-Cup I still thought a lot, it was my most difficult moment as a player. 

“But I overcame it, I worked, I conquered my space again. 

“That shook me only at the beginning of the season, has not shaken for a long time."

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