Brazil failed to break down Mexico during an entertaining 0-0 draw, meaning they need a result in their final game to ensure qualification.
The hosts have been far from convincing in their opening two matches, their win over Croatia seen as somewhat fortuitous thanks to a controversial penalty decision.
Questions are already being asked of striker Fred, but it is midfielder Paulinho who attracted the flak from one BBC pundit.
Recently departed AC Milan boss Clarence Seedorf picked out Tottenham Hotspur's Paulinho as a weak link, describing him as offering little of use to the side.
He said: "Paulinho was very disappointing.
"He is a midfielder who is not particularly offering an offensive contribution or a defensive contribution, for me that is too much."
Paulinho endured a difficult season at Tottenham after his £17 million move from Corinthians last summer and his performances are not of the same standard as last year at the Confederations Cup.
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The statistics back-up Clarence Seedorf's assertion that Paulinho has performed very poorly over his opening two games.
He has won just one tackle to his name in two matches, and has not managed a single interception. His one chance created per game is clearly not enough to save him from criticism.
Across the two games he has completed just 41 passes, managing only 22 in 90 minutes against Mexico, with his completion rate the lowest of any midfielder on the pitch.
Brazil will be looking for ways to improve heading into their final group game with Cameroon, and replacing Paulinho appears to be a reasonable first place to start.