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Brazil men’s soccer team held to second straight scoreless draw against Iraq

Brazil, the host nation, has struggled against Iraq and South Africa.
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Brazil’s men’s soccer team turned in its second disappointing performance of the Olympics on Sunday. 

After a 0–0 draw against South Africa in its opening game on Thursday, the Brazilians were held scoreless again in a draw against Iraq on Sunday. 

Brazil faces Denmark in its final group-stage game on Wednesday. In order to advance, it must finish in the top two of the four-team group. Denmark leads the group with four points, Brazil and Iraq each have two points and South Africa has one point. 

Expectations were high for Brazil entering the tournament. The host nation had decided to place an emphasis on the Olympics over the Copa America. Barcelona star Neymar was left off the Copa America roster so that he could compete in the Olympics instead. 

Brazil bowed out in the group stage of the Copa America, leading the team to fire head coach Dunga, who was also supposed to lead the team in the Olympics.