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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 September 2005, 22:25 GMT 23:25 UK
Brazil seal World Cup finals spot
Brazil's Kaka and Robinho celebrate
Now we just need to fine tune the team
Brazil defender Cafu
Defending champions Brazil secured their place at next year's World Cup finals in Germany with a 5-0 mauling of Chile in Brasilia on Sunday.

A hat-trick from Adriano and further goals from Juan and Robinho left the five-time champions in second spot in the South American qualifying group.

Argentina have already qualified while Chile are still chasing one of the two automatic qualifying spots left.

Brazil are the first reigning champions to have to qualify under new rules.

Despite being without the suspended Ronaldinho, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was able to welcome back Ronaldo, who joined Robinho and Adriano in attack.

But it was defender Juan who sent them on their way with an 11th-minute header from a corner.

Robinho doubled the lead 10 minutes later before Adriano chipped in with a quick-fire double, driving in an angled shot after being set up by Robinho and then heading home a corner.

Ronaldo was substituted for Ricardinho at half-time, while Roberto Carlos departed injured.

Adriano completed his hat-trick in the final minute.

"Today we finished the first stage of our World Cup preparation, now we have nine months to focus on the tournament," said Parreira.

"But we need to keep working hard. We still have a chance to finish the qualifying tournament in first place. That's our next goal."

Defender Cafu, en route to his fourth World Cup, added: "We got the stamp on the passport.

"Now we just need to fine tune the team to make sure we arrive at the Cup on the right foot."


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