Chile settled first, wasting a few half chances, but the Brazilian attacking football came home. Gilberto Silva had a first of real chances in the 10th minute. The goalkeeper had to dig for two point-blank saves within minutes to delay the start of the Samba soccer party.
Brazil opened the scoring account from a Maicon corner kick headed in by Juan with 10 minutes to half time. Two minutes later, in a typical Brazilian sweeping counter attack, Fabiano collected a Kaka pass, beat a defender and rounded off the goalkeeper to slot into an empty net.
Fabiano comes with the take-off, pace, fighting spirit and finishing that reminds you of the great Ronaldo of Brazil of 10 years ago.
Brazil’s defence was an organised unit that stalled Chilean attacks just outside the penalty area, something Fabio Capello need to school himself with. The wing backs forged forward-looking for crossing opportunity.
Brazil had to prove their football caressing skills with a classical trademark attacking move ‘witfully’ finished off by Robinho. Valdivia of Chile had a rare chance to test goalkeeper Julio Cesar, but shot overbar.
Lucio played an influential part of true leadership that wins World Cups, often intercepting balls in front of the central position and sprinting over 40 metres before releasing the front-runners. With the luxury of two dependable anchors and a central defending partner in Juan, Gilberto and Ramirez, he played sweeper behind and in front of that bullet proof security wall outside the penalty area.
Chile should be commended for not throwing in the towel, Suazo demanding a top draw save from Julio in one of two late chances, of which one sailed just over the bar. At the end, it was a routine win for Brazil to progress to the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup.