Brazil satisfied with draw in qualifier

Updated: 17 October 2007 09:07 IST

Brazil coach Dunga believes the draw with Colombia in World Cup qualifying was acceptable, although the five-team champions will need to improve.

Sao Paulo:

Brazil coach Dunga believes the draw with Colombia in World Cup qualifying was acceptable, although the five-team champions will need to improve.

Brazil drew 0-0 with Colombia in Bogota on Sunday and Brazilian media criticized the performance.

"Lackluster draw in Bogota," read a front-page headline in the O Globo newspaper. Brazil's largest daily, the Folha de S. Paulo, said: "Selecao only draws in qualifying opener."

"It wasn't the result we wanted," Dunga said Monday. "But it was acceptable, it was reasonable. We have to understand that the other team was playing at home and was well prepared for this match."

Dunga said Brazil must improve and be prepared to face similar situations during the South American qualifying tournament, which ends in October 2009.

"There's a long way to go and we'll have to deal with a lot of difficulties until the end," he said. "Teams always want to do well when they play against Brazil."

Brazil failed to create any significant scoring opportunities and had to rely on its defense. Dunga admitted the team will need to make some adjustments in attack to improve.

"We have to be more patient," Dunga said. "We need to improve ball possession, work the ball around and try to open up spaces in the opponent's defense."

Ronaldinho also wasn't too disappointed with the draw.

"We earned an important point," he said. "Very few teams will be able to earn this point. We wanted to play better, but we can recover against Ecuador."

Brazil plays Ecuador on Wednesday at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

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