Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said
he was saddened by Colombia's defensive attitude as they held the world
champions to a goalless draw in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier.
"For anyone who has seen some of the fine moments of Colombian football,
it's sad to see a Colombian team without any intention of attacking," he
"They're a technically gifted team, the keep possession well, they
stopped us getting the ball and it got very frustrating.
"When one team doesn't want to play, you don't have a game.
"We tried everything we could and couldn't break down their blockade.
Their target was a point and they got it."
The result kept Brazil top of the 10-nation South American qualifying
group but was of immense frustration for the crowd at the King Pele
stadium following Saturday's emphatic 5-2 win in Venezuela.
Brazilian media had predicted another big score but Colombia, fielding a
4-5-1 formation, reduced Brazil to a handful of chances.
"We tried to win the game and perhaps we took too many risks," Parreira
"Their fullbacks didn't go up to attack and they waited for us to make a
mistake, which didn't happen."
Parreira also criticised Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda for allowing
"The referee didn't prevent violence," he said.
"They were two or three fouls early on which should have been given
yellow cards but weren't and that gave Colombia an incentive to mark us
Ronaldo, who had two good chances to add to his total of nine goals in
the qualifiers, said Brazil controlled the game.
"We were unlucky," he said. "We didn't manage to score."
"They never put us in danger and we created several chances. We
dominated the whole game."