Sao Paulo:Brazil coach Dunga is confident his team is on the right track to qualify for the 2010 World Cup despite a 1-1 draw at Peru.
Sunday's result in Lima dropped the five-time world champions into third place in the 10-nation South American World qualifying tournament. Brazil will now face Uruguay on Wednesday in its last qualifier of the year.
"These qualifiers are becoming harder and harder," Dunga said Monday. "It's normal to be in this position. It's only the beginning."
Brazil was unable to dominate the Peruvians but created a lot of scoring chances. Kaka put Brazil ahead with a shot from outside the area in the 39th minute, and Juan Manuel Vargas equalized in the 70th at Monumental Stadium.
"It's hard to win games away from home," Dunga said. "When we are ahead we need to try to score more goals and keep the opponent from gaining momentum and pressuring us."
Local media expressed disappointment with the result against Peru, which extended Brazil's winless streak away from home in World Cup qualifiers to six matches.
The 'Estado de S Paulo' newspaper said in a headline on Monday's sports section that Brazil "Lacked Courage in Lima."
The 'Folha de S Paulo' daily, Brazil's largest, said there were "no excuses" for Brazil's draw.
"We wanted the victory, especially after being ahead and creating several scoring opportunities," Dunga said.
Against Uruguay, Dunga will not be able to count on suspended captain Lucio, who earned a second yellow card because of a hard foul on Sunday. The coach did not say who will replace the defender.
Dunga said he wasn't worried with Brazil's current position in the qualifying standings. The Brazilians have five points from three matches, two points less than Paraguay and four behind leader Argentina. Colombia also has five points but trails Brazil on goal difference.
Brazil drew with Colombia and beat Ecuador in its first two qualifiers earlier this year.