Brazil hotter than Chile

2010-06-28 20:43

Brazil 3

Chile 0

Hours after the World Cup last 16 line-up had been completed last

week, a Brazil vs Spain final was already touted as the most likely for July 11

at Soccer City.

Brazil delivered on their part of the bargain when a 3-0 triumph

over fellow South Americans propelled them into the quarter-finals, where they

will meet Netherlands in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

Considering that Chile were defeated 2-1 by Spain in a Group H

clash, Brazil proved that anything that the European champions can do, they can

do better.

Tomorrow though, it will be the Spaniards’ turn to not only keep

the prospects of a final against Brazil alive, but to also outdo the

Confederations Cup champions.

Spain take on Portugal, who held Brazil to a 0-0 draw in their

group fixture, in Cape Town.

Brazil were not about to play to a second successive goalless draw

tonight, though it seemed that way for more than half an hour.

That was until 1.82m tall central defender Juan headed in

powerfully from a corner in the 34th minute for what was the AS Roma player’s

eighth international goal in 77 matches since 2001.

Dunga’s charges extended their lead only four minutes later.

Robinho, who has been having a good tournament, delivered to Kaka

from the left. The world’s second-highest paid player nudged the ball to

Fabiano, who rounded keeper Claudio Bravo for his third World Cup goal.

After some bad officiating – particularly a day earlier when

England’s Frank Lampard had his legitimate goal disallowed and Carlos Téves of

Argentina saw his header from an offside position being granted – Fabiano’s

strike also appeared to have been offside at first sight.

But television replays vindicated English referee Howard Webb, as

Fabiano was onside when the ball was played.

The officials also got it right when they disallowed the impressive

Robinho’s offside goal in the 76th minute, denying the striker a brace.

Robinho had finally entered onto the World Cup scoresheet when he

curled beautifully past Bravo in the 59th minute.

Brazil welcomed back midfield genius Kaka to their starting line-up

– though they were still minus the injured Elano – while Chile had to make do

without three of their regulars: Waldo Ponce, Marco Estrada and Gary Medel.

Kaka, back from suspension after a harsh red card against Ivory

Coast, headed straight into the referee’s books when he was cautioned for a foul

in the first half.

Still awaiting his maiden World Cup goal, Kaka gave way for

Kleberson in the 81st minute.

For Chile, it was as bad as their 2007 Copa America clash against

Brazil, which they also lost 3-0.

Even when they twice attempted to reduce the deficit in the second

half through Humberto Suazo, Brazil keeper Julio Cesar would have none of

it.

 

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