PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AFP) - Brazil coach Dunga has accepted the blame for the World Cup quarter-final defeat by the Netherlands that brought his four-year reign to a bitterly disappointing end.
The man who captained the Selecao's winning squad in 1994 has reached the end of his current contract and any hopes he may have harboured of being asked to stay on until Brazil hosts the tournament in 2014 were crushed by the Dutch, who came from behind to claim a 2-1 win on Friday.
"I was contracted for four years and we knew that from the start," Dunga said. "During the last four years I have been very happy to coach this Brazilian team and if you look at the players' faces you would understand how they feel."
He added: "We are all responsible for this situation but I have the greatest responsibility."
Brazil appeared to be coasting towards the last four after Robinho gave them an early lead.
But the Dutch turned the match around after the interval thanks to an own goal from Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo, who was later sent off for stamping on Arjen Robben, and a Wesley Sneijder header.
"We are all extremely saddened, we did not expect this," Dunga added. "We knew it would be a delicate, difficult game. In the first half we played better than in the second but we were were not able to maintain the same rhythm.
"We could not maintain the same level of concentration. Any World Cup match is 90 minutes and it is the small details that count."
For the Dutch, Friday's triumph amounted to revenge for their last-eight defeats at the hands of Brazil in the 1994 and 1998 tournaments.
With a semi-final against Uruguay to come in Cape Town on Tuesday, Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk also hailed the shock defeat of Brazil as the perfect response to those who dismissed his prediction that the Oranje were capable of lifting the World Cup.
"People mocked me, but if you really want to achieve something you have to believe in it," the former Feyenoord boss said. "This is the message I tried to communicate.
"We showed that we can play fantastic football and beat a fantastic team.
"People might think I'm arrogant but we've beaten Brazil, we're number three in the world, that's a fact. We shouldn't be afraid to talk about it."
Holland were on the rack for most of the opening 45 minutes and only two superb saves by Maarten Stekelenburg prevented Kaka and Maicon from adding to Robinho's 10th-minute strike before the interval.
Melo had offered no hint of how badly his afternoon was to end as he slid a fine pass through the heart of the Dutch defence for Robinho to run on to before placing a shot beyond Stekelenburg's left glove.
Centreback Juan then blasted a close-range chance over the bar before Kaka and Maicon produced two of the saves of the tournament from the Dutch goalkeeper.
There seemed no way back for the Dutch at that stage. Yet within eight minutes of the restart they were level, thanks in no small part to a free-kick won by Robben's dive close to the right touchline.
The set-piece was taken short, enabling Sneijder to work the ball into space and his cross found the net off the top of Melo's head after the midfielder and goalkeeper Julio Cesar collided.
The Dutch grabbed the lead after Dirk Kuyt flicked on Robben's corner, enabling Sneijder, the smallest player on the pitch, to find space in the six-yard box to head the Dutch into the lead.
An afternoon that had started so positively for Brazil began to take on a nightmarish tinge when Melo's frustration with Robben's antics resulted in a stamp on the Bayern Munich winger's thigh, leaving Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura with no option but to brandish a red card with 18 minutes left.
There was no way back for Brazil, or for Dunga.
|5||G. van Bronckhorst|
|2||G. van der Wiel||47'|
|10||W. Sneijder||53' 68'|
|6||M. van Bommel|
|8||N. de Jong||64'|
|9||R. van Persie|
|Coach: B. van Marwijk|
for R. van Persie 85'
|Williams: We do it for the fans|
|Allen: It will take something special to stop Wales|
|Fearlessness the key to Wales success - Coleman|
|Euro 2016 Diary: Lille highs, training-ground Lows and a Spanish mover and shaker|
|Rejuvenated Ramsey writes Wales´ greatest ever story|
|Germany midfielder Ozil out to end Italy woe|
|Wales 3 Belgium 1: Robson-Kanu, Vokes seal thrilling quarter-final triumph|
|Buffon: It would be offensive to compare myself to Neuer|
|Low not surprised by impressive Italy|
|Germany the most complete side in the world - Conte|
|Watford seal club-record Success deal|
|Swansea takeover ratified by Premier League|
|United move is like Mayweather-Pacquiao fight - Ibrahimovic|
|Father: Pogba wants to play in a better league|
|87 wins in 114 games to seal World Cup, Euro glory - Del Bosque´s Spain successor has big shoes to f|
|Ben Arfa: I was 10 mins away from joining Sevilla|
|Everton seal Stekelenburg deal|
|Pele wants Messi to reconsider international retirement|
|Ibrahimovic completes Manchester United move|
|Wales-Belgium kick-off on schedule despite travel chaos|
|´Manchester, welcome to ZLATAN´ - Fun poked at City over imminent Ibra deal|
|Cuca ´fears´ reported Barca and Inter target Gabriel Jesus getting Brazil call|
|Pjaca denies Inter medical|
|Les Bleus inspiring France´s forgotten youth|
|Le Tissier urges Puel to exercise transfer caution|
|Demichelis and Wright depart Man City|
|Huddlestone pens new Hull deal|
|France v Iceland: Bodvarsson sees Les Bleus as step up from England|
|Wilson signs new Bournemouth contract|
|Euro 2016 exit won´t derail Spain, says Mendieta|
|Newcastle sign Ritchie from Bournemouth|
|Neymar gets new lease of life as Barcelona plot for Messi´s succession|
|Watford hand Deeney new five-year deal to end exit rumours|
|UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Portugal and Poland|
|Kimmich confident Germany can overcome Italy hoodoo|
|Sagna: I don´t want to upset the French public|
|PSG clinch Ben Arfa deal|
|Krychowiak expects PSG deal to be completed shortly|
|Crystal Palace sign Mandanda from Marseille|
|Sagna hails Nolito qualities after City swoop for Spain star|
|Neymar ends exit talk by penning new Barca deal until 2021|
|Kabasele joins Watford on five-year deal|
|Lagerback: Iceland will give France questions to answer|
|Bartomeu sure Messi will renew, but no Luis Enrique talks|
|Hummels reveals Klopp fights|
|Pardew: I want to manage England - but not now|
|De Jong: I haven´t retired from Netherlands duty|
|Palace complete £13m Townsend signing|
|Pato, Falcao and Amelia leave Chelsea|
|Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini - the latest Italy wall looking to deny Germany|
|Nolito´s Manchester City move confirmed|
|Coleman heaps praise on Williams|
|Sanchez reveals gruesome update of ankle injury|
|Ronaldo: We all feel abandoned by retiring Messi|
|Ibrahimovic arrival makes Manchester the ´capital of football´ - Vieira|
|Del Bosque: I sent a message to the whole squad, except Casillas|
|USA to play first friendly against Cuba since 1947|
|Poland boss praises Lewandowski after Euro 2016 exit|
|Fonte: United will regret missing out on Sanches|
|Santos: Portugal should have had a penalty|
|Ranieri: English football is not in crisis|
|Ronaldo dreaming of Euro 2016 glory|
|Nawalka: Poland should be proud of Euro 2016 exploits|
|Santos: Goalless Ronaldo was immense for Portugal|
|No player out of reach for Chinese Super League - chief|
|Fearless Sanches had no nerves in dramatic shootout|
|Portugal through despite Ronaldo off-night|
|´Very happy´ Neymar drops contract hint|
|Poland 1 Portugal 1 (aet, 3-5 pens): Heartbreak for Blaszczykowski as Santos´ men sneak into the sem|
|Del Bosque to resign from Spain role|
|Giggs can be a manager in his own right, insists Round|
|Euro 2016 Diary: Wails for Bale, a grumpy water carrier and the inevitable return of Will Grigg|
|Manchester United agree Galatasaray friendly|
|Hazard must bloom into bona-fide superstar as Eden project comes full circle|
|Hazard excited by ´world class´ Ibrahimovic in the Premier League|
|Hazard determined to make his mark on Lille return|
|Special One and Zlatan: United´s match made in heaven or gamble from hell?|
|Vertonghen to miss rest of Euro 2016 due to torn ankle ligaments|
|Conte has helped me a lot, admits grateful De Sciglio|
|Juve pay tribute to departing Caceres|
|Williams banking on ´band of brothers´ to stop Hazard|
|No lack of desire with England - Lampard|
|Germany v Italy: Kroos calls on Khedira knowledge for Azzurri test|
|Coleman welcomes pressure of ´biggest game since 1958´|
|Ibrahimovic claims he will join Manchester United|
|Sevilla receive ´big offer´ for Krychowiak|
|Bartra seeks to justify Dortmund´s trust|
|Montella vows to bring the good times back to AC Milan|
|Bournemouth bring in striker Mousset|
|Barca confirm Umtiti fee agreed|
|Puel takes charge at Southampton|
|Hulk completes €55.8m Shanghai SIPG switch|
|Bruce focused on Hull and pursuing transfer targets|
|Sinclair agrees Watford move|
|Janssen wants AZ to accept Spurs offer|
|Bartomeu claims five-year Neymar deal imminent|
|Reluctant father figure Evra defends Pogba|
|Boateng declares himself fit to face Italy|
|73 goals, 44 assists: The stats that show why Man Utd want Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan|
|Conte has made Italy proud again – Vieri|
|Evra pledges to respect Iceland after England shock|
|Vrba leaves Czech Republic for Anzhi|
|Bernstein backs Allardyce for England job|
|Rodgers rejects England talk|
|Klose lauds ´unbelievable´ Italy|
|Muller confident Italy´s defence can be breached|
|´Lineker does not know what he is talking about´ - Raiola defends Pogba|
|Morrison opts to stay with West Brom|
|Kempes expects Messi to return to international football|
|´Leave Messi alone!´ - Maradona|
|Evra suffers training injury|
|Iceland´s Viking chant terrified England - Shilton|
|Ballack doubts Italy can repeat Spain performance|
|Caparros hoping Del Bosque continues as Spain coach|
|Falcao targeting Ligue 1 top scorer award|
|Maradona: England continue to be over-hyped|
|Santos: You talk about Ronaldo because he is great|
|James Rodriguez is an ´average player´ - Stoichkov|
|Mooy moves from Melbourne to Manchester City|
|Copa America champions Chile set to face Euro 2016 winner|
|Guardiola ´relaxed´ ahead of renewing Mourinho rivalry|
|Simeone on post-Champions League final comments: I spoke heatedly|