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World Cup 2010: Chile coach bows to 'superior' Brazil

Brazil's Robinho

Highlights - Brazil 3-0 Chile

Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa admitted that Brazil were too good for his talented side as the five-time world champions cruised into the last eight.

Juan, Luis Fabiano and Robinho scored in a 3-0 win as Chile's entertaining World Cup run came to an abrupt end.

"Perhaps we could have lost by less but the superiority of Brazil was too much for us. We were unable to slow them down," said Bielsa.

"They took advantage of every crack in our defence. The defeat is justified."

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Chile's attacking style has gained them plenty of plaudits throughout the tournament and they continued to impress with their slick passing against Brazil, despite the one-sided scoreline.

But Bielsa's side were less convincing in defence, leaving Juan unmarked for Brazil's first goal and allowing Luis Fabiano to spring the offside trap for the second which effectively ended the game as a contest.

"We are a very fragile team at times. We attack very well, but we have to know when to defend," stated Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

"We're bitter and sad - we expected more. But we leave the tournament knowing we gave everything on the pitch.

"It's just [a shame] we had to come across Brazil as early as the second round - they're the best team in the world."

Meanwhile, Argentine Bielsa refused to be drawn on his future as Chile manager.

"As for my own position as coach, this is not the right time to talk about that," he said.



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