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Brazil vs Chile, live from the World Cup, a 3-0 thrashing

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(Read caption) VICTORY: Brazil's Michel Bastos (r.) and teammate Lucio celebrate the end of their 2010 World Cup second round soccer match against Chile with other teammates at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg.

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Brazil breezed into the quarterfinals of the World Cup against the Netherlands with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Chile today.

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.

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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.


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