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Juan of Brazil celebrates scoring his side's first goal from a corner kick served by Maicon.
Juan of Brazil celebrates scoring his side's first goal from a corner kick served by Maicon. Michael Steele/Getty Images
Down three starting players, the Chilean team knew it had a battle ahead. But, after finishing second during the qualifying stage, Chile was supposed to put up at least a quality fight against its South American counterpart.
Instead, it was an unbalanced match. Brazil quickly dominated on the pitch. Their defense was air-tight and their counter attacks, lethal. At minute 34, Brazil's Maicon served up a perfect corner kick and Juan scored with a header. Four minutes later, some beautiful passing got Luis Fabiano the ball just yards from the goal where he netted it. Before the end of the half, Brazil was fully in the driver’s seat 2-0.
To their credit, Chile never seemed demoralized. Humberto Suazo made two heroic shots on goal, but Brazil simply overpowered. Making it look so easy, Ramires pummeled Chile’s whole defense from the halfway line and landed a perfect cross to Robinho, who scored the seleção’s third goal.
So Chile is going home. Brazil – looking mighty strong — will take on the Netherlands this Friday.