Ten-man Brazil preserved their unbeaten home record in 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying as they held Venezuela to a goalless stalemate in Campo Grande. The hosts went a man down after 56 minutes when Miranda was given his marching orders for an apparent elbow on Giancarlo Maldonado, but the Vinotinto failed to make their numerical advantage count as the hosts dug in for a point at Estadio Morenao.
The result meant the five-time world champions had drawn four and won five of their nine home qualifiers as they concluded their successful campaign with 34 points.
Venezuela came into the match effectively out of the running for fifth place and the lone play-off berth, as they needed to beat their hosts by 14 goals to even have a chance of keeping their hopes alive. Such a result was never in the cards and Brazil underlined that fact by controlling the early possession as the visitors failed to threaten the Seleção goal.
Venezuela upped their ante as the half wore on and might have taken the lead after 23 minutes when Maldonado's effort produced a good save from the alert Julio Cesar. The hosts had only one chance of note in the opening 45 as Luis Fabiano let fly with a fierce effort from Kaka's lay-off, but the Sevilla striker was denied by Renny Vega.
With a minute remaining in the half, Julio Cesar again had to be on his toes to keep out Juan Arango's header from a long throw-in.
Venezuela were enjoying plenty of possession against a strong Brazilian side and their task was made easier 11 minutes into the second period when the hosts were reduced to ten men after referee Victor Carrillo adjudged Miranda had thrown an arm in the face of Maldonado and produced the red card.
Cesar Farias's side failed to make their numerical advantage count in what time remained, however, and indeed it was the hosts who came closest to snatching all the points late on. Real Madrid midfielder Kaka was the man who almost made the breakthrough, his shot beating Vega but not the left upright as Venezuela survived to claim a point.