(Monday, June 28th)
Final Score: Brazil 3, Chile 0
Johannesburg, South Africa (Sports Network) - Juan and Luis Fabiano scored in a four-minute stretch late in the first half, and Brazil cruised to a 3-0 win over Chile on Monday to reach the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup.
Juan opened the scoring in the 34th minute and Fabiano added his third goal of the tournament in the 38th. Robinho ended the scoring at Free State Stadium in the 59th.
"I've always done well against Chile and thankfully today was no different," Robinho said. "Now we've got another decisive match ahead. There's always room for improvement, but I think we're on the right track and we're achieving our objectives."
Brazil will play the Netherlands on Friday in the quarterfinals after the Dutch beat Slovakia, 2-1, on Monday.
Chile also lost to Brazil twice in World Cup qualifying, 3-0 and 4-2.
"We're a fragile team at times. We're good going forward but we've also got to be able to defend," Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo said. "We've got a young team and we need to keep on learning. We're heading for home, but we can rest easy in the knowledge that we gave it our all, we tried to achieve big things and tried to be a fair and honest team. We gave it everything, we couldn't have done any more. We were just unfortunate to come up against Brazil."
Brazil created more scoring chances from the start, and Gilberto Silva forced an early save from Bravo inside 10 minutes. Ramires had a speculative effort go off target in the 15th for Brazil, then neither team was very threatening for an extended spell.
The Brazilians returned to form in the 34th minute when Juan reached a corner kick from Maicon and turned it inside the left post from the edge of the six- yard box. Maicon's corner was placed perfectly into a triangle of Brazilians, and Juan rose to head the ball just as it cleared Fabiano.
With Chile still on its heels, Brazil struck again on a counter attack three minutes later. Maicon played a quick ball out of the back to Fabiano, who sent Robinho down the left. Robinho eventually squared the ball to Kaka, who slipped a pass to Fabiano at the edge of the area.
Fabiano turned as he accepted the pass, made one touch to round Bravo and then fired into an empty net for his third goal of the World Cup.
Brazil continued to expose Chile's defense, which was without starting center backs Gary Medel and Waldo Ponce, in the second half.
Ramires made a darting run through midfield and dropped a pass off to Robinho near the top of the area and he curled a first-time shot by Bravo and inside the right post.
Dani Alves' long blast swerved just wide of the upper-right corner in the 61st minute as Brazil pushed for more goals.
Jorge Valdivia drove an 18-yard shot just over the crossbar on a rare scoring chance for Chile, but Kaka was back at it on the other end seconds later with a shot over the bar from 22 yards.
Robinho was denied a second goal in the 74th when Bravo tipped his effort wide of the left post, then Chile actually showed some life in the last 15 minutes.
Suazo had an effort pushed wide by Brazil goalie Julio Cesar in the 75th, then hit the top of the crossbar in the 78th. Chile could not find a goal, though, as it failed to score a goal for the first time in this World Cup.
06/28 18:44:29 ET