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Brazil regains scoring touch, downs Chile
by Mike Woitalla, June 29th, 2010 3:05AM
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[BRAZIL-CHILE] Coach Dunga’s Brazil, which suffered a rare shutout in its last group game against Portugal, downed Chile, 3-0, as Robinho had his best game of the tournament. Next up, the Netherlands, which will have to shut down red-hot striker Luis Fabiano. Here's what we liked about Brazil-Chile ...

What we liked ...

-- With Ronaldinho left off the squad and Coach Dunga preaching efficiency over flair, we put our hopes in Robinho to provide the Samba thrills. The 26-year-old finally scored his first goal of the World Cup against Chile. Latching on to a pass from Ramires after the defensive midfielder stormed through the middle on a long run, Robinho curled an 18-yard shot into the corner of the net. Robinho also helped set up Luis Fabiano’s goal – Brazil’s second – when he fed Kaka for the assist. Robinho had left Manchester City -- which paid Real Madrid $50 million for him -- for his first club, Santos, in January to prepare for the World Cup and is one of only three Brazil-based players on Dunga's squad.

-- Brazil’s scoreless tie in its final Group G game against Portugal marked the first time the Brazilians had been shut out in group play since 1978. It rediscovered its scoring touch in the 38th minute against Chile when defender Juan rose to nail home a header off a corner kick from Maicon.

-- Luis Fabiano’s goal against Chile was his 28th in 42 games for Brazil and third at this World Cup. The 29-year-old debuted for Brazil in 2003 and helped Brazil win the 2004 Copa America. But he struggled after moving to Europe and went three years without playing for Brazil until he scored 24 goals for Sevilla 2008-09 to earn his recall. At the 2009 Confederations Cup, he scored two goals in Brazil’s 3-2 comeback win over the USA in the final and was the tournament’s leading scorer with five goals.

-- The Chileans proved one of the few attack-minded teams at this World Cup and managed 16 shots to Brazil’s 18 in the round of 16 clash. They leave South Africa with two wins -- over Honduras and Switzerland -- after not having won a World Cup game since hosting the tournament in 1962.

-- Brazil’s win sets up a quarterfinal clash with the Netherlands. They’ve met three times previously at the World Cup. In 1974, when the second round was another group phase, the Johan Cruyff-led Dutch beat Brazil, 2-0, en route to their runner-up finish. Brazil won, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the 1994 World Cup in the USA that Brazil won. At the 1998 World Cup, in which Brazil fell to France in the final, the Brazilians defeated the Dutch in the semifinals on penalty kicks after a 2-2 tie.

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