Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Brilliant Brazil continues their Samba..

6:30 PM GMT, June 28, 2010
Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

3 - 0

Brazil's relentless march to the latter stages of this World Cup continued with an effortless victory over Chile.

A team combining a potent mix of physique, power and mouthwatering ability were hugely assured in a one-side dismissal of their fellow South Americans to line up a quarter-final with Netherlands on Friday.
The boys in the famous yellow and blue were in control from virtually the first whistle and goals by Juan, Luis Fabiano and Robinho confirmed their status as tournament favourites.
The Selecao defeated Chile 4-2 and 3-0 in World Cup qualifying - and Dunga's team eased to a comfortable victory at Ellis Park on Monday as their opponents became the first South American team to be eliminated from the competition.
Chile, shorn of suspended trio Marco Estrada, Waldo Ponce and Gary Medel, were always up against it after conceding twice in four minutes shortly after the half-hour mark.

Scoring Summary

Juan (34') 
Luis Fabiano (38') 
Robinho (59') 

Man of the Match: Juan 


  • Man of the Match: Juan - While Brazil's attacking trio will take all the plaudits again, the big centre back deserves his share of the praise after another impeccable game in defence. Juan opened the scoring for theSelecao with a prodigious leap and firm header, but he should also be commended for his positioning and reading of the game, which allowed him to snuff out a string of attacking moves launched by Chile's quick strikers. Will need to maintain this sort of form as the competition nears its final phase.

  • Brazil verdict: The five-time World Cup winners are looking formidable. Though this was a game they fully expected to win, they did so in a manner befitting their pedigree. The protective screen of Gilberto Silva and Ramires limited Chile to few chances, yet both underlined their attacking instincts too. With Kaka regaining a semblance of form, Robinho looking reborn and Luis Fabiano in clinical mood, Dunga's side underlined again that they are the team to beat in South Africa.

  • Chile verdict: Sadly, being neat and tidy in possession means little unless you can unlock the defence in front of you. As with their game against Spain, Chile moved the ball intelligently, and with pace, but couldn't open up a mean Brazil defence. Their gung-ho style caught up with them for two of the three goals; their lack of height the other. They can go home proud of their efforts, and knowing they were beaten by one of the tournament's firm favourites.

  • Could do better: Mark Gonzalez - The former Liverpool winger underlined why the club were happy for him to leave. Despite seeing plenty of the ball in positions which could have hurt Brazil, his delivery was consistently poor. Moves broke down at his feet and the confidence he must have taken from his match-winning goal against Switzerland seemed to have evaporated.

  • Stat attack: Brazil are undefeated in 33 games under Dunga when Kaka and Robinho have played together, winning 29 and drawing four.

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