Forward Luis Fabiano's hat trick powered Brazil to its biggest win over Portugal,
a 6-2 rout in a friendly on Wednesday.
The win was a reprieve for embattled Brazil coach Dunga, whose team had been
held scoreless in three consecutive home games in World Cup qualifying.
The game lined up Brazil's Kaka against Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, and while
Kaka orchestrated many of Brazil's attacks, the Portuguese star did little in
his team's offense at Bezerrao Stadium outside Brasilia.
Portugal gave the home side a scare when Dannhe left and dished an impeccable
The rout began in the 24th minute when Kaka escaped two defenders and his right
cross was converted by Fabiano.
Ten minutes into the second spell, Maicon made it 3-1 finding a gap with a drive
between the left post and goalkeeper Quim, and two minutes after that Fabiano
completed his hat trick when he knocked home a rebound from a save by Quim.
Simao Sabrosa halved the deficit with Portugal's second goal, but Elano extended
the lead three minutes after that with a superb goal that deceived Quim.
Fabiano was replaced by Adriano, who capped the night by heading in the last
goal set up by another substitute, Marcelo.