Brazil began their quest for a sixth world crown with a 2-1 victory over North Korea at Ellis Park but it was far from a vintage display from Dunga's men against hard-working opposition.
The Koreans, ranked 85th in the world, kept Brazil at bay for 55 minutes until Maicon's cross-cum-shot swerved in at the near post and the three points were assured by a rare moment of magic as Robinho laid a second goal on a plate for former Manchester City team-mate Elano, although Ji Yun-nam gave them a late scare by halving the deficit.
The win takes Brazil top of Group G above Portugal and the Ivory Coast but they did not look particularly convincing in living up to their tag of joint favourites alongside Spain.
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