Dunga screens video nasty to highlight Brazilian flaws

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The Brazil coach Dunga is not wasting time trying to get his side back on track. He went back to basics after Brazil's 2-0 defeat to Portugal on Tuesday night in London, hoping to fix the mistakes that caused the team to lose their first match since the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

Dunga and his assistant coach, Jorginho, watched a video of the match while still in the changing-room of the Emirates Stadium.

"We have deficiencies, and they had already surfaced before," Dunga said. "There's a lot to improve. We'll make a detailed analysis about everything that happened, trying to keep our cool and fix these deficiencies." Dunga, who captained Brazil to the 1994 World Cup crown, said that he needed to get his players to explore more play on the flanks and work on containing counter-attacks.

Both Portugal goals on Tuesday came from breakaways in the game's final eight minutes. Simao Sabrosa scored with a low shot from inside the penalty area in the 82nd minute, and Ricardo Carvalho scored with a volley in the 90th.

The result at Arsenal's home ended Dunga's six-match unbeaten run since he took over the squad after Brazil's disappointing defeat to France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Germany last summer. After Dunga replaced Carlos Alberto Parreira, the five-time champions drew with Norway, then beat Argentina, Wales, Kuwait Sports Club, Ecuador and Switzerland.

Dunga has been revamping the national team, introducing several younger players and leaving regulars such as the Milan forward Ronaldo out of the squad. The Internazionale striker Adriano returned to the team for the first time on Tuesday night, but Dunga had to do without the injured Barcelona forward Ronaldinho.

"When you lose, it's always hard," Dunga said. "We're starting our work for the World Cup. This shows we have a lot of things to do."

The Brazilian media were full of praise for Dunga's compatriot and Portuguese counterpart, Luiz Felipe Scolari. "Felipao downs Brazil again," read a headline at the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper yesterday.

Scolari is now unbeaten in two matches against his native Brazil, who he led to a record fifth World Cup title in 2002 in South Korea and Japan.

Scolari had beaten Brazil in the teams' most recent encounter, 2-1 in March 2003. "Dunga is Felipao's newest victim," the Globo newspaper said.