World cup 2010 — brazil defeated chile en route to the quarterfinals

World Cup 2010 — Brazil defeated Chile en route to the quarterfinals

Brazil had an easy way into the second round of the South Africa 2010 World Cup. Other then the 0-0 tie with Portugal, neither North Korea nor the Ivory Coast proved too much of an opponent for the 5 time World Champion team. They were expected to get into some trouble once they faced Chile, a team coached by the Argentinean Marcelo Bielsa, which had good showing in the first round with Honduras and Switzerland before their 2-1 defeat by the Spanish team.

If you look at the stats and the stats only, it would have seemed like a much closer game. Brazil had 17 shots, 6 of them on goal, while the Chileans completed 15, yet only 3 of those on goal. They went evenly with a 50-50 ball possession on the game, and yet, the Brazilian team was far more organized and even vicious on its attacks. And that is how with some ease, that does not reflect the courage and ambition of the Chilean team, the Brazilians won by an easy 3-0. 

And for a couple of minutes after kickoff it seemed just as if Chile was going to be able to stand tall before the Brazilians. But then the Brazilians top-notch squad began their beautiful game. Not too showy, not too risky, team coach Dunga had all the benefits from a team that looked anew. Robinho seemed to finally have caught up with his better days in the midfield, while Kaka was the player that the team so very needed once the competition went into the single elimination phases. Luis Fabiano was back in good shape, all though, towards the end, he seemed to limb a bit.

Brazil is quite well known for its strikers and forwards. The offensive and creative force of the team has traditionally been evident with players like Pel?, Romario, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kak?, Robinho to just name a few names from the top of my head. But this particular team seems to have great defenders as well. Dunga has kept a close eye to the zone he once defended wearing the same colors, and has brought in the talents of captain Lucio, Juan and Maicon.

Juan was quite flawless in the defense, and his header in the first half opened the way for the 3-0 win over the Chileans. Truth be said, Chile’s constant efforts to get back into the offensive side of things proved too inefficient to stop the Brazilians. Either that or Dunga has found the magic key to open up the Brazilian Pandora’s Box on their opponents on the field. Check this stat out. Brazil has had 33 undefeated games under head coach Dunga when he starts both Kaka and Robinho, winning 29 of those matches and drawing four.

Now Brazil is to play the Netherlands in the quarterfinals game on Saturday. As of press time, Brazil is the favorite on the World Cup betting Odds by ML+105, the draw cashes in at ML+230 while the Dutch upset sits at ML +250. It’s going to get very interesting for both teams now.

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Stephen Lars has been a prominent writer on regular 2010 South Africa World Cup news, sports news and the sportsbetting industry for many exceptional sports web sites. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.

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