Dunga’s career as a manager looked to hanging by a thread today after his lackluster Brazil side were embarrassed by a team of Mexican youngsters. Mexico humbled his side of stars 2-0 and it could have been more.
A goal midway through the first half from Mexico’s hugely talented young striker Nery Castillo was followed eight minutes later by a stunning free kick from Ramon Morales.
Castillo, one of Mexico’s contenders for man of the match, should have made it three but he missed an open goal with the last kick of the match.
A three-nil scoreline might have been a little harsh to Brazil but only a little. Dunga’s men were unlucky in the second half but they were wholly unworthy in the first.
Brazil looked completely out their depth in the first period and had no idea how to get the ball past Mexico’s rugged midfield line. Mexico, meanwhile, ran, chased, pressured and were comfortable enough on the ball during that first 45 minutes for their fans to chant Ole four times.
Hugo Sanchez’s team was missing at least six first choice players they were marshaled superbly at the back by the imperious Rafael Marquez and their tenacious midfield fed the lightning quick Castillo with gusto.
Brazil’s former Santos duo of Diego and Elano were sufficiently lackluster to be withdrawn after 45 minutes and the introduction of new Manchester United signing Anderson lifted Brazil in the second period, Afonso almost scoring from a sublime pass of his.
Robinho was always spritely and both Maicon and Gilberto showed spark on the wings but Brazil’s midfield lacked character – especially before the introduction of Anderson – and their forwards were anonymous.
This was Dunga’s first competitive game as Brazil manager and his side looked bereft of ideas.
It’s now back to the drawing board for the former World Cup winner, who must be regretting his early decision to alienate Kaka, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.