Brazil owned its South American neighbor, Chile, for the better part of 90 minutes in the Brazil vs Chile match. The Netherlands, however, may be a different story.
São Paulo, Brazil
But they did it the new Brazil way, with goals from set pieces and counterattacks, not the old Brazil way, with a display of silky soccer.
Brazil never hit the heights, but they were commanding, well-organized, and never looked capable of losing.
Chile started well and took the game to their opponents in the opening five minutes. But Brazil seized control soon after and had three long-range shots at goal within the first 15 minutes.
The first goal came from a corner in the 34th minute, when defender Juan rose to power a header into the net. It was followed four minutes later by a second on the counter attack.
Robinho brought the ball down the left wing, passed it inside to Kaká, who slipped a perfect one-touch through ball to Luis Fabiano, who expertly rounded the keeper and struck the ball into the empty net. It was a lovely move.