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Monday, June 28, 2010

Brazil 3-0 Chile


The Line-ups:


Brazil: 1-Julio Cesar; 2-Maicon, 3-Lucio, 4-Juan, 6-Michel Bastos, 18-Ramires, 8-Gilberto Silva, 13-Dani Alves, 10-Kaka, 11-Robinho, 9-Luis Fabiano

Chile: 1-Claudio Bravo; 4-Mauricio Isla, 5-Pablo Contreras, 2-Ismael Fuentes, 8-Arturo Vidal, 11-Mark Gonzalez, 6-Carlos Carmona, 18-Gonzalo Jara, 9-Humberto Suazo, 15-Jean Beausejour, 7-Alexis Sanchez.


Brazil is playing all the fundamentals by the book. They are bringing their flavour into this last 16th match. Felt like they were still getting to know Chile’s approach and then the samba poison comes into play. In the 34th minute a bullet header by Juan opens the score-line after a well delivered corner-kick and by then Brazil was not even accelerating, they were just enjoying the whole thing like barefoot kids do in the “favela”.

When Brazil decided to step up the pace Chile’s defence broke down in tatters and the usual suspect had to make it happen, Luis Fabiano rounds the keeper Claudio Bravo to score and add another goal to his personal account. Fabiano has now 4 goals and it does not seem like it is going to end up here. Brazil was deadly scoring twice in a matter of 4 minutes.

Can Chile sustain the Brazilian’s natural born strategy?

Chile will go home having Beausejour as their best performer in this World Cup. Everyone was talking about Suazo and Chile was much more wise and dangerous without him rather than when he started to make part of the team. People kept talking about his 10 qualifying goal mark, but then again how hard it is to score against Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador and having it as well from the penalty spot?

From one individual to another and this time it was Ramires stealing the limelight for Brazil in this match by running the whole half and dropping the ball into Robinho that comfortably slots it in to make the 3-0 and wave away to Netherlands which will be their next opponent in the Quarter-Finals match.


MAN OF THE MATCH: Kaka


Brazil 3-0 Chile (Highlights)

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