Brazil sacks Dunga after Copa debacle

Brazil failed to the reach the knockout stages of the Copa America for the first time since 1987.

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Dunga, who has been sacked as Brazil coach.

Brazil has sacked head coach Dunga following its disappointing exit at the Copa America Centenario group stages.

The Selecao was controversially beaten 1-0 by Peru in Foxborough on Sunday with Raul Ruidiaz's goal allowed to stand despite the forward seemingly using his hand to bundle the ball over the line. Ecuador's 4-0 win over Haiti meant it progressed to the quarter-finals with Peru and saw Brazil fail to the reach the knockout stages for the first time since 1987.

And its failure in United States spelled the end of Dunga's second stint in charge of the national team, with Brazil confirming the news on Tuesday.

A statement from the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) read: "The Brazilian Football Confederation announces that it decided on Tuesday to dissolve the technical committee of the Brazilian national team. Coordinator Gilmar Rinaldi, coach Dunga and his entire team leave their positions."

"The decision was taken in agreement during a meeting this afternoon and, from now, the CBF starts the process of choosing the new technical committee of the Brazilian national team. The CBF is grateful for the dedication, the seriousness and commitment of the staff while performing the work."

Dunga first coached Brazil between 2006 and 2010 but was dismissed after its quarter-final exit at the World Cup in South Africa.

However, he was charged with restoring national pride following Brazil's humiliating 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany at its home World Cup in 2014, which signalled the end of Luiz Felipe Scolari's second reign. The move has not worked out, though, with Brazil falling in the last eight of the 2015 Copa following a penalty shoot-out defeat to Paraguay.

Brazil is also in a precarious position in South American qualifying for the World Cup in Russia in two years' time. After six matches, Brazil is outside the qualification places in sixth having won just two, drawing three times and losing once.

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