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After rout, Brazil says tougher tests await

JOHANNESBURG — While its fans paraded around the stadium with two huge replicas of the World Cup trophy, Brazil clinically beat South American rival Chile 3-0 to advance to the quarterfinals Monday.

The players were almost nonchalant — Chile hasn't beaten Brazil in a decade — as they shook hands and hugged.

"Now it's a match between two traditional teams with great players," Brazil captain Lucio said. "Now the matches will get harder and harder."

Juan opened the scoring in the 35th minute at Ellis Park Stadium with a firm header from near the penalty spot off a corner kick. Luis Fabiano made it 2-0, receiving a one-touch pass from Kaka and dribbling past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

Robinho scored his first goal in the tournament, a one-timer into the far corner. It was his seventh goal in Brazil's past six matches against the Chileans.

Chile is the first South American team eliminated. Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay are in the final eight, and Paraguay plays Japan today.

"We leave the tournament knowing that we gave everything on the pitch," Bravo said. "We are a very fragile team at times. We attack very well, but we have to know when to defend."

The victory in front of nearly 55,000 fans at Ellis Park was Brazil's eighth straight over Chile since a 3-0 loss in a 2000 qualifier for the 2002 World Cup.

Brazil has reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup every time since the 1990 tournament in Italy, when it fell 1-0 to Argentina in the second round.

Brazil 3

Chile 0

After rout, Brazil says tougher tests await 06/28/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 5:21pm]
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