ROSARIO, Argentina - Agence France-Presse
VICTORY: Dunga manages to lead Brazil to winning the 2010 World Cup qualifying group. AFP
While his opposite number Diego Maradona fought to find any positives in a damaging defeat, Brazil coach Dunga was able to revel in his side's passage to the World Cup finals after Saturday night's win in Rosario.
Luisao and a double from Luis Fabiano give Brazil the 3-1 win, while Argentina found its consolation goal with Jesus Datolo in a game when the winner side had Galatasaray star Elano and Fenerbahçe winger Andre Santos.
The three points from a fine 3-1 win clinched the Brazilians’ qualification and ensured they keep up their record of never missing out, leaving Dunga well-satisfied.
"Argentina has great players such as Lionel Messi, who could be elected world player of the year. They have a very strong team. But Brazil's technical qualities won out," said Dunga. "I am satisfied to see that we have done our work well, to see the enthusiasm of the Brazilian team and the pleasure with which they played."
Brazil's win handed Argentina only its second ever home qualifying loss - after Colombia beat it in 1993. It also ensured the five-times champion cemented top spot in the regional group while joining the Netherlands, Japan, Australia, South Korea, North Korea and host South Africa in next summer's finals.
"It doesn't get any better than this," commented daily O Globo on its Web site in noting that "Brazil was lethal in attack."
Argentina is in contrast hanging onto the fourth and final qualifying berth with Colombia and Ecuador in hot pursuit following their fifth qualifying defeat.