NPR's Martin Kaste reports Brazil is in shock, following an unexpected 3 - 0 loss to Chile in a qualifying match for the 2002 World Cup soccer championship. Brazil for many years dominated international soccer, holding more World Cup championships than any other country. The Brazilian team has been in trouble since losing to France in the 1998 championship match. After last night's loss, Brazil falls to fourth place in South American World Cup qualifying competition. It's expected that Brazil eventually WILL qualify, but just barely, something Brazilians find hard to accept.
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