Be afraid – be very afraid the boys from Brazil have come to South Africa with the intention of lifting the World Cup.
In what should have been a tricky tie against a very good Chile side, Brazil proceeded to show that they have come to win, even if it means sacrificing some of their trademark flair filled football. In doing so they might not win the hearts of their home fans but collecting the trophy should act as compensation.
The game was quite open in the early stages and Chile started brightly playing some nice passing football, but as they had shown in their group games seemed to lack both composure and incisiveness in the final third of the field. A shock never really looked on the cards though and it was Brazil who took the lead with an untypical goal for them when central defender Juan found himself poorly marked in the penalty box and he duly headed home Maicon’s corner.
Four Minutes later the game was all but over thanks to some lovely flowing football, starting with Robinho who cut inside and squared ball to Kaka, who played an inch perfect first time pass to Luis Fabiano who virtually passed the ball into an empty net. This was Brazilian football at its best and when Robinho added their third just before the hour mark it was definitely game over.
To their credit Chile never stopped trying but their nice accurate passing was not enough to break through a determined Brazil defence and on the only occasion they manage a shot on target Cezar was more than equal to it. So despite having less possession and being out passed (Chile had an 82% passing accuracy compared to Brazils 77%) Brazil eased through to the last 8 with considerable ease. There they will meet Holland who have proven worthy opponents in several previous World Cup tournaments, however on this performance it will take something special to beat them and it looks increasingly likely that if any team beats Brazil they will be World Champions.
As a final foot note I would just like to acknowledge the excellent refereeing performance by England’s Howard Webb and his team. With several controversies already surrounding the refereeing it was great to see the game being handled so well.
Brazil 3-0 Chile
- Venue: Ellis Park
- Referee: Howard Webb
- Attendance: 54,096
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