World champions Brazil could only manage a 0-0 draw against China in Wednesday’s international friendly played in Guangdong, China.
The match was China’s manager Arie Haan’s first game in charge.
The previous occasion the two teams meet was during last summer’s World Cup when Brazil won 4-0.
The draw will be regarded as a good result for Brazil who were let off the hock on three occasions by China’s poor strikers.
China midfielder, Sun Jihai, was at the center of all the action, floating in several crosses that the Brazilian defence struggled to deal with, but the up-front pairing of Zhao Junzhe and Li Yi seemed incapable of beating Brazilian keeper Dida.
The second half saw Brazil improve with several goal-scoring opportunities falling to Ronaldo who failed to beat Chinese goalkeeper, Liu Yunfei.
Brazil’s best chance came on the 58th minute when Ronaldinho took the ball around four players before finding Ronaldo with a neat chip. Ronaldo’s shot passed Yunfei only to be cleared off the line at the last minute.
China – Liu Yunfei; Yang Pu, Zheng Zhi, Li Weifeng, Wei Xin (Xiao Zhanbo, 69), Qi Hong (Li Jinyu, 62), Li Tie, Sun Jihai (Yu Genwei, 84), Li Xiaopeng (Xu Yunlong, 23), Zhao Junzhe, Li Yi (Yang Chen, 62)
Brazil – Dida, Cafu, Anderson Polga, Roberto Carlos, Luisao, Kleberson (Juninho Pernambucano, 74), Gilberto Silva, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho (Denilson, 62), Ze Roberto (Emerson, 74)
Referee: Kim Tai-young (South Korea)