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MONTEVIDEO - Ten-man Paraguay convincingly beat Brazil 2-0 in Asuncion on Sunday to motor further ahead on the South American 2010 World Cup qualifying table.
It was a nondescript performance by the five-time world champions, far from their famous spectacular play, who fell to goals in each half by Roque Santa Cruz and Salvador Cabanas in front of 35000 spectators at the Defensores del Chaco stadium in Ascunsion.
And two minutes after the break, Paraguay right back Dario Veron was handed a second yellow card for a tackle from behind, earning his dismissal.
Brazil coach Dunga, surely with one eye on tomorrow's home clash with Argentina in Belo Horizonte, must have rued the absence of the attacking flair of AC Milan's Kaka, who recently had knee surgery and became a father for the first time, and out-of-form Barcelona striker Ronaldinho, pictured.
Early on Robinho broke through into Paraguay's box but the move came to nothing, moments before Cabanas gained possession on the edge of the area and hit the right-hand post of well-beaten Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar.
Brazil showed defensive frailty when Paraguay went ahead in the 26th minute.
Edgar Barreto had a dangerous-looking free kick on the right hand side of the box but the team of Argentinian coach Gerardo Martino could not make it count. - Sapa-AFP