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Brazil’s notoriously fiery media have once again slammed their team’s performance following the goal-less draw with Columbia, following up last month’s 0-0 result against Bolivia.

Despite winning their last two away games courtesy of seven goals, the usual outlets have voiced their rage at Dunga’s ‘negative tactics’, believing that the team’s current style is reminiscent of the former midfield general’s own.

The side currently lie second in the South American World Cup qualifying group, scooping 17 points from a possible 30 thus far, and they are in line to continue their 100% record of attendance at the competition.

However, the media’s grievance with Dunga’s use of a more defensively-minded midfield has again spilled over, with the daily newspaper O Globo jibing with the words, “the Maracana won't miss them”.

Jornal dos Sports followed suit, saying the side were “as boring as a party political broadcast," adding that they had "no shine and no class. Just like Dunga's football when he was player."

Lance added the nail to the coffin by declaring that Dunga’s men "were a team with no creativity and no solutions for breaking down an opposition which was based on tactical application."

The latter criticism is one that the side have yet to shake off under the new tenure, with Robinho, Kaka and Ronaldinho et al seemingly unable to break down sides willing to sit deep.

Will Wood

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