BBC Sport world-cup-2010


Brazil 3-0 Chile

By Jonathan Stevenson
  1. 17:15 Commentary  

    It’s time for us to watch "the best team in the tournament" - not my words, but those of World Cup legend Johan Cruyff. Welcome to Johannesburg with me, Jonathan Stevenson, for the first time today, what’s kept you? Oh, by the way, Cruyff wasn’t talking about Brazil.

  2. 17:23 Commentary  

    Yeah, you read that right. As South American rivals Brazil and Chile prepare to meet in our sixth last-16 contest at Ellis Park, La Roja do so glowing from the words of the greatest Total Footballer of them all: "Chile has, on its own, created more chances than just about all the other teams combined," said Johan Cruyff. Wait, there’s more.

  3. 17:26 Commentary Dutch legend Johan Cruyff:  

    "It was always the Netherlands’ quality to offer fans something extra. We may never have won the ultimate prize, but the whole world talked about us. Chile has taken over that role from us. At the end of the 32-team tournament, there can be only one champion. So while the chances of winning the title are limited, the opportunity of pleasing the fans watching you is in your hands. Luckily, Chile has grasped that."

  4. 17:29 Commentary  

    After Netherlands' at times drab 2-1 last-16 win over Slovakia, Johan Cruyff might be right. This World Cup more than ever needs teams to throw off the shackles of fear and go for broke. Take Slovakia, for instance. They weren't going to win it, were they? So why not just have a go?

  5. 17:33 Commentary  

    The usual suspects have been duly warned. Of course Brazil are enormous favourites to win in Joburg tonight and set up what could be a mouth-watering quarter-final meeting with Netherlands, but Chile have gained a host of new admirers this month already and will fancy their chances of causing an upset. And make no mistake - it would be an almighty upset.

  6. 17:37 Commentary  

    So, can it happen? Can Chile beat the beast of Brazil? Yes? No? Feeling unnecessarily ambivalent? Then swing some chat my way: Tweet me @Stevo_football; text me on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); and toddle along to our 606 page too.

  7. Twitter  

    From JosephRedmond: "Surely a comfortable Brazil win. Hopefully some flair too, this World Cup is in serious need of some."

  8. 17:45 Commentary  

    But, you know, we've got a lot of time to mull stuff over before the real action starts at Ellis Park. Whether you're still feeling blue about England, reckon Netherlands can go all the way or are still fascinated by the French farce, I want to hear from you.

  9. 17:47 Commentary Netherlands' Arjen Robben:  

    "That was nice today. If you're at the World Cup it should be fun. We didn't play our best match today but the important thing is that we advanced. It was a great experience to be back on the pitch again from the first minute and to be decisive for the team."

  10. 17:51 Commentary  

    If you feel you've been overdosing on football recently, spare a thought for South African fan Thulani Ngcobo, who has attended no less than 31 World Cup games, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of Records for attending the highest number of matches at a World Cup finals. Personally, I'm a bit jealous. Legend.

  11. SMS  

    Mark, Manchester: "Here is a little bet for someone - not a single player from the oh so fantastic Premier League will play in the World Cup final."

  12. 17:58 Commentary Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss:  

    "We were preparing for three days for Robben, for his way of playing, but he is an absolute genius. He really knows what he is doing. When I saw him in the line-up I knew he would make the Dutch 50% stronger and I was correct."

  13. 18:01 Commentary  

    Just seen pictures of the England squad arriving at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg - couldn't see any tails between legs, but then again it was pretty dark. The 'Golden Generation' are scheduled to take off at 1840 BST and land at Heathrow at 0655 BST on Tuesday.

  14. 606  

    From Mad Mark: "Anyway, I think tonight's match could be a real thriller and I think there will be goals in it: Brazil 3-2 Chile."

  15. 18:07 Commentary  

    Brazil and Chile are set to meet for the third time at the World Cup. In the 1962 semi-final in Santiago, the great Garrincha and Vava bagged a brace each as the Brazilians beat the host nation 4-2, while in 1998 the great Ronaldo and Cesar Sampaio paired up as Brazil thrashed Chile 4-1 in Paris.

  16. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher:  

    On Twitter: "To say there are a lot of Brazilian journalists here at Ellis Park would be like suggesting Man City have lots of cash. Obvious."

  17. 18:12 Commentary Japan coach Takeshi Okada:  

    "If you pile up bricks only vertically they will fall at some point."

  18. 18:16 Commentary  

    I have astonishing World Cup news: Stevo's Predos are taking Russia by storm. Having been asked to make some predictions for the last 16 games by a Russian website, I'm currently sweeping all before me with four correct results out of five. The Russian and Italian I'm up against have been left trailing in my wake. The punters are truly amazed.

  19. SMS  

    From Mike: "Chile can have a right go at Brazil tonight with nothing to lose. Only a matter of time until we see some penalties and once we do there could be a big shock on the cards. Back to England - I had a problem after the Algeria game when manager and players were keen to reassure us there was no crisis meeting. My question was why the hell not?!"

  20. 18:23 Commentary  

    Brazil’s recent record against Chile is perhaps as frightening as you would expect. They have won the two teams’ last seven meetings, including another 4-2 thumping in their last one, a World Cup qualifier in September. Nilmar scored a hat-trick, Julio Baptista netted once and Humberto Suazo struck twice for Chile as Felipe Melo and Alexis Sanchis were sent off. Drama.

  21. 18:25 Commentary Brazil v Chile 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.
    Referee: Howard Webb (England).

  22. 18:28 Commentary Netherlands boss Bert van Marwijk:  

    "I am so pleased that Arjen Robben is fit again. He was decisive for us. It was important that he played for 70 minutes and I think for him he has just passed that fear factor having recently returned from injury."

  23. Twitter  

    From EmJayLambert: "(See 18:16) You forgot to add that the only one you got wrong was England, although to be fair the Italian and Russian did too. Interestingly, the scores are Stevo 16, Italian journo 0, Russian journo 'July' - which isn't really a score."

  24. 18:34 Commentary  

    The last time Chile won a knockout phase match at the World Cup was against Soviet Union in 1962, when they hosted the tournament, as goals from Leonel Sanchez and Eladio Rojas did the business. The last time Brazil lost in the round of 16 was when Diego Maradona teed up Claudio Caniggia to score in 1990 and Sebastiao Lazaroni’s team exited Italia ‘90.

  25. 18:37 Commentary  

    On our Fifa feed, they are showing the teams' coaches arriving at Ellis Park a while ago. Dunga looked a bit dour, but Kaka and Robinho were full of smiles. Wouldn't it be great to see the real Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite tonight?

  26. 606  

    From cheese666: "Stevo, there is still one Englishman we can cheer on. After good performances in his first two games (and upsets as well) I'm confident Howard Webb can reach the final!"

  27. 18:43 Commentary  

    Our friends at Infostrada Sports tell us that Howard Webb has previous with Brazil - he was in charge for their 4-3 win over Egypt at the Confed Cup last summer, awarding the Brazilians a decisive last-gasp penalty.

  28. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Ellis Park, Johannesburg:  

    "Not nearly as windy in Joburg tonight as it was for the Argentina-Mexico game on Sunday. I have spoken to several journalists this afternoon who reckon attack-crazed Chile can pull off a stunning upset. They've been drinking, surely?"

  29. 18:49 Commentary How they got this far:  

    Brazil beat North Korea 2-1 in a far-from-convincing display, improved to see off Ivory Coast 3-1 and then drew a blank with a 0-0 draw against Portugal.
    Chile impressed hugely in their 1-0 wins over Honduras and Switzerland, before slipping up 2-1 in their final group match against Spain in a controversial encounter.

  30. SMS  

    From Olly123: "I can see the Brazil v Chile game being a cracker. Just got a feeling that Chile are a bit indisciplined and may struggle to finish the game with 11 men when taking into account the Brazilians' quick feet."

  31. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Ellis Park, Johannesburg:  

    "Brazil make three changes form the team that drew against Portugal, with Robinho, Kaka and Ramires all returning to the side. Chile make four changes, with Marco Estrada, Waldo Ponce and Gary Medel suspended and Jorge Valdivia also dropping out of the starting XI."

  32. 18:58 Commentary  

    I can confirm that England's plane has officially departed from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Well it took a while, but their World Cup campaign has finally achieved lift-off. Oh, come on.

  33. 19:01 Commentary  

    Do drop us a (preferably) Brazil-Chile-themed line, won't you? Get texting 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide), send me a Tweet @Stevo_football and get posting your thoughts on 606 too.

  34. Twitter  

    From ScarletVarlet: "I'm pretty sure Chile can give Brazil a run for their money. I'm still not convinced about Brazil. First pen shootout of WC2010!"

  35. 19:07 Commentary  

    If you want to know why Chile have suddenly become such a fine team, look no further than their Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa. BBC Sport’s Tim Vickery believes Bielsa found the right job at the right time. “Chile was fertile soil in which Bielsa could plant his own tradition," says Vickery. "And he took over at an excellent moment, inheriting a hungry young group of players who had just come third in the 2007 World Youth Cup."

  36. 19:10 Commentary  

    World Cup news just in: US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati says he is disappointed with the national team's performance at the World Cup and is planning a meeting with coach Bob Bradley to discuss his future. Seems a bit harsh.

  37. 606  

    From matthew: "Putting £25 on a 2-1 win for Chile. Got a good feeling about this being the first mega upset of the World Cup."

  38. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Ellis Park, Johannesburg:  

    "Grabbed a word with Brazilian great Tostao before the match. He reckons that Brazil do not have a balanced side, with left-back Michel Bastos often exposed."

  39. SMS  

    From Ben: "Brazil is weak defensively on its left side, even more so when Filipe Melo is not available to cover Michel Bastos' forays forward. Chile could exploit this via Sanchez."

    You + Tostao = peas in a pod.

  40. 19:19 Commentary Brazil coach Dunga:  

    "Chile have been improving a lot with coach Marcelo Bielsa. Since he's taken over, it's a competitive team. It's a team that really fights until the very end and is able to get the best out of its players. So they are a difficult opponent and what's happened in the past is finished."

  41. 19:21 Commentary Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa:  

    "We have the chance to reverse a historical negative trend for Chile. We shouldn't think that because we were beaten by them in the past we must go on the pitch gloomy. No, we should acknowledge our past record, but must also aspire to try and find a place for ourselves. We can reverse the trend."

  42. 19:24 Commentary  

    The teams are out, so after we listen to Hino Nacional Brasileiro and Himno Nacional de Chile, we're ready for carnival time.

  43. 19:28 Commentary  

    English referee Howard Webb meets the captains, Gilberto Silva and Claudio Bravo, on the halfway line, and we're not far off kick-off at Ellis Park.

  44. 19:30 KICK-OFF Brazil v Chile  

    Under way. Great chat from our friends at Infostrada Sports, who tell us this: There have been at least three goals scored in all the last 16 matches in this World Cup. Only once before have all matches at this stage had at least three goals - in 1934.

  45. Contributor BBC World Service's Daniel Gallas at Ellis Park, Johannesburg:  

    "Brazil and Chile had the most productive attacks in World Cup qualification - 34 goals for Brazil and 32 for Chile."

  46. 2 mins Commentary  

    Nice start for Chile as Alexis Sanchez enjoys some decent early touches and Jean Beausejour has a cross blocked behind for a corner, but Brazil clear their lines.

  47. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson  

    "Brazil wouldn't mind a touch of the ball, here."

  48. 5 mins Commentary  

    Glorious pass from midfield from Dani Alves gets Luis Fabiano into space for Brazil, but from the right of the Chile area he drags badly wide of the far post.

  49. Twitter  

    From masathayde: "As a Brazilian, I do without local news outlets and choose to follow your commentary instead."

    Best thing I've ever heard.

  50. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Ellis Park, Johannesburg:  

    "Chile don't mess about, it is all attack, attack, attack with them and, given the way they have started here, this should be an entertaining match."

  51. 9 mins Commentary  

    Gilberto Silva piles a right-foot shot goalwards from 30 yards and Claudio Bravo makes a decent save. Moments later, Robinho cannot quite control a cross and then Kaka fires wide from the edge of the box. Much better from Brazil.

  52. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's David Pleat  

    "Brazil have a definite advantage in height in this game - they have seven players over 1.80m (5ft 11in)."

  53. 12 mins Commentary  

    This has the potential to be an absolute cracker. To say Dani Alves is a right-back he looks effortlessly comfortable in midfield as he exchanges passes with Robinho and Kaka - top movement from both teams so far.

  54. 13 mins Commentary  

    Alexis Sanchez plays a gorgeous ball through for Humberto Suazo and he decides to take it first time from 22 yards, trying to lob it over Julio Cesar but lifting it only into the Inter Milan goalkeeper's arms.

  55. 15 mins Commentary  

    Go away will you, I'm absolutely immersed in this one. Ramires hits one from 25 yards, but Claudio Bravo gets everything behind it. You can't take your eyes away from it for a second, and you wouldn't want to.

  56. SMS  

    Alex, London: "I just realised that now England are out, I can finally enjoy the World Cup. YAY!"

  57. 20 mins Commentary  

    Brazil are playing better at the moment, but they aren't creating much. Chile look more dangerous in possession than the five-time World Cup winners.

  58. 21 mins Commentary  

    West Brom's Gonzalo Jara tries his luck from all of 30 South African yards, but it flies a very long way wide of Julio Cesar's goal.

  59. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's David Pleat  

    "Kaka plays a loose game behind Robinho and Luis Fabiano, which gives Chile's sitting midfielder Carlos Carmona a real problem. He can't go and support his strikers because he has to sit tight and watch Kaka. We've seen with the likes of Messi and Ozil that these types of players love to exploit space."

  60. 24 mins Commentary  

    Jean Beausejour's wild left-foot shot from 25 yards takes a deflection off Maicon and Chile have a corner, but there's some pushing on Lucio and a free-kick is given. The big defender is furious and Howard Webb has to tell him to calm down. Go on Webby, do it for England.

  61. 27 mins Commentary  

    A corner from the Brazil left is controlled by Lucio in the area and his legs appear to be taken away from him by Pablo Contreras. Howard Webb only gives them another corner - that's not going to calm Lucio down, is it?

  62. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's David Pleat  

    "I've noticed that Lucio, for every free-kick and corner, starts at the back post and pulls right out of the way, taking a defender deep with him into an area where they don't want to go. He has the height to knock the ball back across the box and cause problems."

  63. 29 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Kaka's disciplinary problems continue as he is booked for a trip 30 yards from the Brazilian goal. Humberto Suazo hammers the free-kick into the wall.

  64. 606  

    From OwnGoalSignsForUnited: "Anyone else sign up to that deal "spend over £600 on a TV and get £10 cashback for every goal England score?" or was it just me?"

  65. 33 mins Commentary  

    Brazil have slowed the tempo of the game down a little in the last few minutes, content to knock it around on the halfway line without really threatening.

  66. 34 mins GOAL Brazil 1-0 Chile  

    It's not the greatest Brazilian goal you'll ever see, but you think Dunga cares? Maicon wins a corner down the right and takes it himself, swinging it to the edge of the six-yard box where Juan is on hand to thump a header high into the net. Great finish, but why was he left unmarked?

  67. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson  

    "They haven't lost that ability to create a goal from nothing, Brazil."

  68. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher  

    "Kaka, just back from suspension, is in the book already for a slightly naughty late challenge. He looks frustrated to me, often pointing to where he wants the ball played but not receiving it. Perhaps his side will click into gear now they have taken the lead."

  69. 38 mins GOAL Brazil 2-0 Chile  

    Chile leave themselves open down the Brazil left flank and from then on they have serious problems. Robinho takes it forward before playing it across to Kaka, who produces a delightful first-time pass for the onside Luis Fabiano to nonchalantly round the keeper and slot into the empty net.

  70. 39 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Booking for the shell-shocked Chileans as Ismael Fuentes clambers all over Luis Fabiano and is shown yellow by Howard Webb. Is there any way back for Marcelo Bielsa's side now?

  71. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's David Pleat  

    "I just hope Brazil, with a two-goal cushion, don’t take their foot of the gas like Argentina did against Mexico on Sunday evening. I hope they go on and give us great enjoyment."

  72. 41 mins Commentary  

    Michael Bastos ploughs forward from left-back for Brazil and from the edge of the box, he Roberto Carlos's one wide of the far post.

  73. 43 mins Commentary  

    Chile all of a sudden look worried about playing their passes. The sudden two-goal blitz from Brazil has really hurt them. Don't they know that 2-0 is football's most dangerous lead?

  74. 44 mins Commentary  

    Maicon fizzes in a cross from the right and Luis Fabiano flings himself at the ball, glancing a header just over Claudio Bravo's bar. Chile must be desperate for the interval right now.

  75. 20:16 HALF-TIME Brazil 2-0 Chile  

    They bided their time, and bided their time, and then in a four-minute spell they all-but booked their quarter-final spot. Brazil lead, and Chile have a World Cup mountain to climb.

  76. Twitter  

    From Robi1993: "Tell you what, that was a master touch by Kaka. Absolutely sensational!"

  77. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Ellis Park, Johannesburg:  

    "Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa disappeared down the tunnel very briskly after the half-time whistle sounded. He has some serious work to do over the next few minutes."

  78. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's David Pleat  

    "When Brazil decide to explode - my word, they are hard to contain. The second goal was superb movement between Kaka, Robino and Fabiano."

  79. SMS  

    Dutch_angel: "Brazil look glorious at times. Why do they have to still dive around as much, though? They don't need to play act and dive! Lucio makes me sick. Fifa needs to have a good long look at the refereeing once Brazil win the Cup."

  80. 20:28 Commentary  

    Ooh, I've got some breaking transfer news for you, involving Jose Mourinho: Real Madrid have reached agreement with Benfica for the transfer of Argentina winger Angel di Maria. He'll move to the Bernabeu on a six-year deal.

  81. 20:31 SUBSTITUTION Brazil 2-0 Chile  

    Chile make a double change at the break, with Rodrigo Tello and Jorge Valdivia coming on for Mark Gonzalez and Pablo Contreras. It's make-or-break time.

  82. 606  

    From Alexandereski: "Wonderful football. The movement is excellent, and a pleasure to watch. I hope Chile don't get seriously rolled over, but one has to admire the effortless manner in which Brazil play."

  83. 47 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Arturo Vidal is booked for blocking the run of Kaka as he scarpered down the Brazil left. Dani Alves might shoot from here - it's out on the left of the area, and it flashes a couple of yards past the angle.

  84. 49 mins Commentary  

    Chile just cannot get going at the moment, they've lost all their fluency of the opening stages. I do really like the look of Jean Beausejour I'd like to say at this juncture, however.

  85. 51 mins Commentary  

    Have some of this, say our friends from Infostrada Sports: It is almost seven years since Brazil lost a two goal lead in a competitive match - drawing 3-3 with Uruguay in a World Cup qualifying match in November 2003 after going 2-0 up.

  86. Twitter  

    From araevoi: "Howard Webb is having the ref's game of the tournament so far. Spot on decisions - firm but fair, and letting the game flow."

  87. 55 mins Commentary  

    Chile are committing men forward and leaving themselves a little vulnerable. Lucio starts a Brazilian attack by intercepting the ball and setting Robinho away down the right, but he can only win a corner which comes to nothing.

  88. 58 mins Commentary  

    Basically Chile are controlling possession, but they cannot find a way through. This is the main difference between Brazil and some of the other big hitters at the World Cup this time - when they really need to not concede a goal, they don't.

  89. 59 mins GOAL Brazil 3-0 Chile  

    That's a stunning, slaloming run from Ramires and it's game over. The midfielder runs from the halfway line, committing defenders and opening up space on the edge of the box for Robinho, who gloriously curls into the far corner of Claudio Bravo's net. Just brilliant.

  90. 61 mins Commentary  

    My word that's close. Dani Alves hits an absolute screamer from 35 yards and it dips enough but bends a little too far away from Claudio Bravo's left-hand corner. That would have been the goal of the tournament.

  91. 62 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Chile haul off Mauricio Isla and send Rodrigo Millar on in his place. I don't think it's going to be game-changing.

  92. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's David Pleat  

    "Brazil know when and where to quicken the pace in a match. Ramires was half-way inside the Brazilian half and then broke - and broke with pace. Robinho curved the ball beautifully past the goalkeeper, showing you can place balls into the net, not power them. That man knows how to do it."

  93. 64 mins Commentary  

    Someone said earlier that Chile are a bit like Arsenal and they almost tried to prove it there - from right to left along the Brazilian box they play a succession of cute passes, but no-one wants to shoot. Even Alexis Sanchez, who did well to stay on his feet after one tackle instead of trying to win a penalty.

  94. 66 mins Commentary  

    Fair play to Chile, they are still giving it a real go. The ball pops up to Jorge Valdivia on the edge of the Brazil box and he takes a touch before crashing a right-foot volley only inches over Julio Cesar's crossbar.

  95. SMS  

    From Ryan: "I hate to think what would have happened if England had faced any South American team!"

  96. 69 mins Commentary  

    Michel Bastos races down the left and pulls the ball back brilliantly for Kaka just outside the Chile box, but the £56m Real Madrid star can only whack over with his usually trusty right foot.

  97. Contributor BBC Sport's Guy Mowbray  

    "By however many goals they trail, Chile will always keep pushing forward for a goal."

  98. 71 mins YELLOW CARD  

    Brazil won't be unchanged for their quarter-final against Netherlands as Ramires brings Alexis Sanchez down and is shown a yellow card by Howard Webb, meaning he is now suspended.

  99. 74 mins Commentary  

    Robinho surges on to a pass down the Brazil right and from an angle fizzes a low shot towards the far corner which Claudio Bravo does well to tip around the post.

  100. 606  

    From ian_jamsie: "Actually this Brazilian side have one thing that the English side would love to have other than flair and skill: pace in every position in the back four. It makes it very difficult to get in behind them."

  101. 76 mins Commentary  

    Humberto Suazo turns expertly inside Lucio in the Brazil area but cannot quite get enough power on the shot and Julio Cesar makes the save. Dunga then takes Luis Fabiano off and sends on Nilmar.

  102. 77 mins Commentary  

    Oooh, you lucky things, I've only got more breaking transfer news for you: Reuters are suggesting Thierry Henry and Yaya Toure are both going to leave Barcelona this summer. I mean we probably already knew that, didn't we?

  103. 78 mins HITS THE WOODWORK  

    A Chile corner falls for Humberto Suazo, but he doesn't get a proper connection again and his right-foot shot hits the floor before bouncing up and clipping the top of the crossbar. He looks a bit embarrassed that it was close, the striker.

  104. Twitter  

    From pieniupieva: "Before the first goal they looked seriously even. But now Chile just look scared and lost. Feel a little sorry for them."

  105. 81 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Kaka is given the rest of the night off by Dunga as he is replaced by Kleberson - remember him? Kaka high-fives with everyone on the Brazilian bench and saves a special hug for Luis Fabiano at the end of the line.

  106. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson  

    "They've won this game by playing simple football, Brazil - not just in possession, but in closing down the opposition at will."

  107. 84 mins Commentary  

    Chile, to give them their due, are still desperately trying to get a goal they really deserve. They play it neatly from right to left once more, with Jean Beausejour crashing a left-foot shot just wide of the far post from a tight angle.

  108. 85 mins SUBSTITUTION  

    Last change for Brazil and it's Robinho who gets the hand clasps this time as Gilberto comes on in his place for the death throes.

  109. SMS  

    From Bala: "If this is how South American teams play each other, why in the world do we need to watch European teams and leagues?"

  110. 89 mins Commentary  

    Not long to go now, so the television director shows us pictures of Brazilian fans celebrating around Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Don't they ever get tired of it?

  111. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's David Pleat  

    "The good thing about Brazil is they haven't attempted to stifle the game. Chile have bravely attacked and it has made an exciting ebb and flow second half."

  112. 90 mins INJURY TIME  

    We're into two minutes of injury time and Lucio slips just inside the Brazil area, but Jorge Valdivia can only lash wide courtesy of his right foot.

  113. 21:19 FULL-TIME Brazil 3-0 Chile  

    You can have this one for free - we've just watched one of the World Cup finalists. Brazil have played some good stuff tonight and they are looking a very, very difficult team to beat.

  114. 21:21 Commentary  

    There are a few tears for some of the Chile players and, unlike some teams this tournament, you have to feel sorry for them because they put absolutely every ounce of effort into tonight's game. They just came up against a top team.

  115. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at Ellis Park:  

    "Comfortable for Brazil, who slowed the game down but launched the occasional devastating attacking burst. A big round of applause for Robinho from Dunga when the forward came off."

  116. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's David Pleat  

    "It has been an enjoyable game, very well officiated by the English officials. No-one will go home tonight feeling short-changed."

  117. 21:26 Commentary  

    So Brazil reach their fifth World Cup quarter-final in a row and they will meet Netherlands at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday at 1500 BST. Does the word humdinger mean anything to you?

  118. 606  

    From Robsoninho: "I don't think you can write the Dutch off just yet. They, like Brazil, have looked solid at the back and the likes of Sneijder, Robben and Van Persie, on their day, have the ability to unlock any defence. One thing's for sure, Friday's game will be a belter!"

  119. 21:31 Commentary  

    Brazil are now unbeaten in 10 games, and their forward Robinho, who put in a shift some Manchester City fans might be confused by tonight, has now scored seven goals in his last four internationals against Chile (eight of his 24 goals for Brazil have come against the Chileans). Yep, that's courtesy of our friends at Infostrada Sports.

  120. 21:35 Commentary  

    Wrap o'clock. Six of our eight quarter-finalists are ready to go again and this time tomorrow we will have our final line-up. I expect I'll see you for World Cup Matchday 19, when Paraguay meet Japan and then Spain meet Portugal on what no-one's calling Iberia derby day. Sweet dreams.

By Paul Fletcher, Johannesburg

Brazil saw off the challenge of a slightly disappointing Chile to seal a mouth-watering quarter-final tie against the Netherlands.

The Selecao defeated Chile 4-2 and 3-0 in World Cup qualifying - and Dunga's team eased to a comfortable victory at Ellis Park on Monday as their opponents became the first South American team to be eliminated from the competition.

Chile, shorn of suspended trio Marco Estrada, Waldo Ponce and Gary Medel, were always up against it after conceding twice in four minutes shortly after the half-hour mark.

Juan opened the scoring with a powerful header and Luis Fabiano slotted into an empty net to finish off an attacking move of lethal precision as Brazil took another step towards a sixth World Cup title.

A precise right-foot finish from the edge of the area saw Robinho, who had a later effort ruled out for offside, open his account at the tournament in the second half.

Brazil boss Dunga has been heavily criticised back home for constructing a team that values efficiency ahead of flair, but his side controlled the vast majority of the match and were comfortable winners.

Chile, as with Mexico against Argentina on Sunday, really took the contest to their opponents in the opening minutes.

Marcela Bielsa's side have won many admirers in South Africa with their quick-fire, skilful brand of attacking football, but apart from a weak Humberto Suarez shot that Brazil keeper Julio Cesar easily collected they had little end product to show for their bright start.

Brazil, with Dani Alves superb on the right of midfield, gave Chile no room to breathe and gradually took control of the contest.

They should have been awarded a penalty when Lucio was brought down by a late tackle from Pablo Contreras, but eventually took the lead through Juan's header from Maicon's corner.

The Brazil defender was left unmarked - and his perfectly placed header clearly rattled Chile, whose increasingly erratic passing prevented them from picking any holes in their opponents' defensive structure.

The tie was as good as won when Brazil scored their second just four minutes after Juan's header, with a goal of breathtaking movement and precision.

Robinho cut inside before playing a square ball to Kaka, who delivered a beautifully weighted first-time pass that Luis Fabiano, in an onside position, collected before easing past Claudio Bravo and slotting into an empty net.

The striker almost doubled his tally with a glancing header that flew wide, but Robinho sealed victory just before the hour mark with his precise finish after the impressive Ramires finished a surging run with a accurate pass. Ramires was later booked and will miss the match against the Dutch.

Bielsa had made all three substitutions with 30 minutes remaining as he chased the game and Jorge Valdivia almost pulled a goal back with a clean strike that narrowly flew over the crossbar shortly after his introduction, while Julio Cesar denied Suazo, who later clipped the crossbar.

Brazil slowed the pace of the contest but attacked in occasional devastating bursts that saw Robinho twice come close to a second goal.

He had an angled strike saved by Bravo and later slotted beyond the Chilean keeper, but was denied by a marginal but correct offside decision.

It made no difference to the outcome of a tie already over, but the five-time world champions will face a stiffer test against the Dutch in Port Elizabeth on 2 July.

Brazil Brazil Flag 3-0 Chile Flag Chile FT

(HT 2-0)

Juan, 34
Luis Fabiano, 38
Robinho, 59






  • Venue: Ellis Park
  • Referee: Howard Webb
  • Attendance: 54,096
Brazil     Chile
  • Possession 56%
  • Attempts on target 6
  • Attempts off target 11
  • Corners 8
  • Fouls 13

Projected table based on current scores

Group A

Group A teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 4
South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1

Group B

Group B teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 6 9
South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Group C

Group C teams P W D L F A GD PTS
USA 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

Group D

Group D teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 4 6
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 -3 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3

Group E

Group E teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

Group F

Group F teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 2 5
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2

Group G

Group G teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 7
Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0

Group H

Group H teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 1 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3 1

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