Dunga lashes out at defensive Portugal after Brazil stalemate

By Rhys Hayward

Dunga accused Portugal of 'not wanting to attack' (Photo: Reto Stauffer)

Brazil coach Dunga struck out at Portugal after their unspectacular 0-0 draw in Durban yesterday.

Both sides progress to the knockout stages of the competition but Dunga expressed his disappointment at what he perceived as Portuguese negativity.

“We are not happy,” said the 1994 World Cup winner.

“Brazil always play to win and we tried to attack until the end. Portugal didn’t want to attack, they wanted to defend.”

“My team is always ready to go forward and that was the case today.”

Brazil have often been accused of being overly negative during Dunga’s reign as coach.

But the 46-year-old, who took charge following the 2006 World Cup, laid the blame firmly on Carlos Queiroz’s Portugal.

“The Portuguese team defended from midfield backwards,” he added.

“It made it difficult to penetrate their defence. We nevertheless had three or four goalscoring opportunities.”


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