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Dunga downplays Brazil's home draw with Colombia

Dunga downplays Brazil's home draw with Colombia

Dunga downplayed Brazil's disappointing scoreless draw against struggling Colombia in a World Cup qualifier, but the result has set off a wave of criticism against the national team.
After Brazil's third straight match without a victory at home on Wednesday, fans loudly booed the players and called for Dunga's resignation.
"It's normal to hear that when Brazil doesn't win, I'm not the first nor the last coach to endure this," Dunga said. "People are trying to install a crisis here, but I think it's too much. We are still in second place, but it looks like we are in last."
Brazil remained second in the 10-team South American race. It has 17 points from 10 matches, six less than leader Paraguay. Argentina is third and Chile fourth. The top four teams will automatically qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Despite playing with Kaka in midfield and Robinho up front at Maracana stadium, Brazil struggled to break through the defensive scheme of the Colombians, who had lost three straight and are winless in six matches to be seventh in the standings.
As Brazil failed to create significant scoring chances, fans grew upset and expressed their dissatisfaction.
"I would boo the team too after we played the way we played," Manchester City forward Robinho said.
Brazil was coming off two scoreless home draws, against Argentina and last-place Bolivia. The streak without scoring goals at home in qualifiers is the longest ever for the five-time world champions.
The team hasn't allowed a goal in five matches, however, a record in qualifiers.
Local media was quick to criticize the national team.
"Brazil struggles and only draws with Colombia," read a front-page headline in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, Brazil's largest.
The Estado de S. Paulo said: "Another fiasco at home," and the O Globo daily said "Brazil irritates Rio fans again."
Even FIFA criticized Brazil, saying on its Web site that "Dunga's men were short of ideas once again and left the field to another round of boos and catcalls."
It has been the worst year for Brazil since Dunga took over after the national team's elimination in the 2006 World Cup under Carlos Alberto Parreira. In 10 matches this year, Brazil won five, drew three and lost two. Last year, Brazil won 11 of 18 matches, while in 2006 it won five of six.
Brazil, which played without suspended striker Adriano, was coming off a 4-0 routing of Venezuela in San Cristobal on Sunday. It was the seventh draw between Brazil and Colombia in 23 matches. Brazil has 14 victories and Colombia two.
Brazil hasn't scored a goal while playing at home since a 2-1 victory against Uruguay in late 2007.
A former defensive midfielder, Dunga never coached before accepting the job ahead of the national team. Fans have been calling for a more experienced coach, and names touted to replace Dunga include former Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo, who is now with Palmeiras.
Dunga remains tough, however.
"We are on our way to qualify to the World Cup," Dunga said. "I am patient and I will handle this (pressure)."
In the next qualifying round in March, Brazil plays at Ecuador and Colombia hosts Bolivia.


Updated : 2021-10-21 22:51 GMT+08:00