31 Mar 2009

More problems with the neighbours for Brazil

6:30 am on 31 March 2009

After impressive wins over two of Europe's most powerfull teams, Brazil had more trouble with the neighbours as they were held 1-1 in Ecuador in a 2010 football World Cup qualifier.

Brazil thrashed Portugal 6-2 in November and outclassed Italy in a 2-0 win in February, but has struggle in South America, drawing six of 11 World Cup qualifiers.

Brazil also lost 2-0 away to Paraguay.

The only team to have played at every World Cup, Brazil has slipped to fourth in the 10-team South American group with 18 points from 11 games.

Paraguay lead with 23, followed by Argentina and Chile on 19 while Uruguay is fifth with 16.

The top four qualify directly for South Africa while the fifth team plays off against the fourth side from the CONCACAF region.