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How did Brazil make it to South Africa 2010

Fresh from an emphatic triumph in the 2007 Copa America which ended with Brazil trouncing Argentina 3-0, the 2002 World Cup winners were expected to breeze through the usual ten team South American qualification stage.

With the top four automatically progressing combined with Brazil’s enviable record of having never failed to qualify for the World Cup, it would take a brave man to bet against Dunga’s team flying out to South Africa in the summer of 2010.

Luis Fabiano - Brazil's goal machine!

Luis Fabiano - Brazil's goal machine!

However, they began the 18 game qualfication stage with a disappointing 0-0 draw away to Columbia. Even so, they soon proved that this was merely a blip with a crushing 5-0 home victory over Ecuador with Kaka scoring a brace.

A 1-1 away draw in their third match against crisis nation Peru was deemed not good enough by the majority of Brazilians. Further questions were asked as the team found themselves behind to Uruguay at home. Nevertheless, a Luis Fabiano double kept up their 100% home record. Still, Dunga’s men were struggling to pick up points on the road and they crumbled to a 2-0 defeat in Paraguay before drawing 0-0 to arch rivals Argentina.

Questions were beginning to surface as to whether Dunga would be replaced in the near future. The vultures were kept away with an impressive 3-0 victory away to Chile before the previous insecurities returned with a 0-0 home draw against minnows Bolivia. The manager responded to his critics once again with a crushing 4-0 victory away to Venezuela. For some reason though, Brazil had begun to struggle at home and were held to their third home goalless draw in a row to Columbia. This was then followed up with a further draw away to Ecuador.

Dunga - responded to the pressure by leading Brazil to the World Cup!

Dunga - responded to the pressure by leading Brazil to the World Cup!

Despite their inconsistant form, Brazil were comfortably inside the top four and would realistically have to suffer several defeats to see their place in danger. In fact, they went to the other end of the scale with five victories in a row that included a memorable 4-0 triumph at Uruguay and a 3-1 victory in Argentina. At this point, Brazil were comfortably at the summit of the table and remained their despite a 2-1 defeat in Bolivia and another goalless draw at home to Venezuela.

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