Brazil sack manager Dunga following Copa America exit

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Brazil sack manager Dunga following Copa America exit

With the Rio Olympics just 50 days away, Brazil have decided to part ways with their head coach and his staff

Carlos Dunga has been sacked by Brazil following their shock exit from the Copa America.

Gilmar Rinaldi and Dunga’s other backroom staff have also left their posts.

The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) made the announcement with just 50 days before Rio de Janeiro hosts the Olympics.

A CBF statement read: “The decision was taken in agreement during a meeting this afternoon and the CBF now starts the process of choosing the new technical committee.

“CBF would like to thank the staff for their dedication, seriousness and commitment while performing the work.”

For the second time in the Copa America’s 100-year history, Brazil were eliminated from the tournament’s first round after a controversial and improbable 1-0 loss to Peru in Massachusetts.

Universitario forward Raul Ruidiaz scored the only goal of the game on 75 minutes, deflecting an Andy Polo cross into the Brazilian net. However, television replays showed the Peruvian striker blatantly used his right arm to direct the ball goalwards.

Peru qualify in first place in Group B and will face Colombia in the next round, while Ecuador ensured their place in the quarter-finals with a 4-0 win over Haiti.

Brazil finished in third place with only four points out of a possible nine.

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