Brazil 3 – 0 Chile
The unbelievable thing about this World Cup for Brazil is that we haven’t even played our best football. It’s not like four years ago where we were being outplayed for long stretches. It’s Brazil just being a first touch or pass behind from being unbeatable.
That’s the thing I would be most concerned about if I am a fan of a nation playing against Brazil.
We saw what happens today when you decide to play an open match against the seleção. It just doesn’t end well for the opposition.
Chile was lauded at this World Cup for their open style, and aggressive tactics. Ruud Gullit said in the pre-match that we would be level at the end of regular time with the Chileans. Anyone who has actually watched South American football for the last four years had to have known that type of prediction was very unlikely.
Behind goals from Juan, who is my man of the match, Luis Fabiano, and Robinho, Brazil defeated the Chileans in emphatic fashion 3-0.
This was Brazil’s best performance of the tournament from start to finish.
If I am preparing to play this Brazil, another thing that I am worried about is the fact that teams are hardly getting scoring opportunities against this side. You could say the Chileans had three average chances to score. This was after Portugal had one, and the Ivory Coast two.
During the live blog I brought this up, Juan and Lucio were the best central defenders in Serie A this past year. They have continued that good form at this World Cup, getting better as the tournament has gone on.
Michel Bastos had a vastly improved performance on both ends of the pitch. Maicon is just playing like Maicon.
Gilberto Silva has been outstanding in the midfield. We saw possession after possession terminate for the Chileans with his interceptions. Dani Alves was much improved in the midfield. Ramires, minus a silly yellow card, was stellar on both ends of the pitch.
Then you look at the offensive end, and you see at team that is improving on the counter-attack. It’s an offense that doesn’t even have their star player in Kaka even close to having a match that he is capable of.
I could keep going and going. The long story short is that you can see everything coming together as it needs to at the right time.
This was never in doubt today. The better side won, and this side should win on Friday. It will take the performance of the year from the Netherlands to get through to the Semis.
Julio Cesar, 7, Dealt with the few Chilean scoring opportunities without a problem. Even if Chile got the two or their best three chances on goal, Julio Cesar was in position to stop them.
Michel Bastos, 7.5, I thought he was excellent on both ends. If he had a right foot he might have scored at the end of the match. Set up Kaka for a shot on goal that Kaka should have buried.
Juan, 8, Nothing was getting through the central defense today. Scored the first goal of the match with a spectacular header.
Lucio, 8, See above.
Maicon, 7.5, Dunga clearly made an adjustment by making Dani Alves play more centralized. This opened up more space for Maicon to make his trademark runs down the pitch. Good from end to end
Ramires, 7.5, Would have given him a higher rating, but he got a stupid yellow card, which knocks him out of the Holland match. That brings him down. He was great on both ends though. Made a beautiful run and pass that led to Robinho’s goal.
Gilberto Silva, 8, Vintage Gilberto Silva today. Vintage. Tackling was superb. Even got a crack on goal he nearly buried if not for a good save from the Chilean keeper.
Dani Alves, 7, Much better performance from the “midfielder.” Wish he would have done a better job putting his shots on goal. Thought he was actually better defensively more than anything else. Very lively.
Kaka, 6, Just some poor touches, and the occasional untimely give away in possession. He should have put the Michel Bastos centered pass on goal. Failed to do so. I think he is progressing in his play though.
Robinho, 7, He had a great second half. Scored a lovely goal assisted by Ramires. I would have gave him a better rating if not for an average start.
Luis Fabiano, 7, Scored a great goal. Tried a back heel pass that looked silly. Some better service from Kaka could have helped him on the score sheet.
BRASIL 3 x 0 CHILE
Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lúcio, Juan e Michel Bastos; Gilberto SIlva, Ramires, Daniel Alves e Kaká (Kleberson); Robinho (Gilberto) e Luis Fabiano (Nilmar).
Bravo, Isla (Millar), Contreras (Rodrigo Tello), Jara e Fuentes; Carmona, Vidal e Beausejour; Sánchez, Suazo e Mark González (Valdivia).
Técnico: Marcelo Bielsa.
Gols: Juan, aos 34, e Luis Fabiano, aos 37 minutos do primeiro tempo; Robinho, aos 14 minutos do segundo tempo.
Cartões amarelos: Kaká, Ramires (Brasil); Vidal, Fuentes, Millar (Chile).
Estádio: Ellis Park (em Joanesburgo).
Árbitro: Howard Webb (ING).
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