Luís Fabiano stars as Brazil crush Chile 3-0
Brazil moved to 2nd in the table after an impressive 3-0 win away to Chile in Santiago. Despite the clear trepidation before the match, this was Brazil’s best performance in some time and the yellow shirts played with determination and heart as well as good deal of skill. Dunga’s team were for once reasonably well-organized and the much-maligned coach got things right tactically on the night. Another positive was the performance of forward Luís Fabiano who could have scored three or four goals. As it was, the Seville man got two and set up Robinho for his first-half strike. Fabiano might just be the front man that Brazil have been searching for to replace Ronaldo. But Brazil’s current number nine will have to curb his tendency to swing the occasional elbow.
Brazil though, remain shaky at the back and it could have been a very different story had Chile not wasted some good chances. Surprisingly, under a coach who’s supposed to be something of a disciplinarian, Brazil displayed a degree of indiscipline picking up some unnecessary cards and Kléber and Gilberto Silva will miss the Bolivia tie on Wednesday.
This was Brazil’s seventh match in their World Cup qualifying campaign. Chile, though, started the game one place and one point above Brazil.
On paper, Brazil were set up to attack with three up front: Luís Fabiano, Ronaldinho Gaúcho and Robinho; and only two defensive midfielders: Josué and Gilberto Silva. However, for large parts of the match, Gaúcho and Robinho sat well behind Fabiano. The tactic though, obviously worked and Brazil will surely start with the same formation on Wednesday vs Bolivia.
The match began at a fast pace with both teams showing purpose and creating chances. But both Chile and Brazil were also guilty of some blatant diving and there were also some rash challenges by Kléber, Diego and Marco Estrada that resulted in yellow cards early on.
Brazil’s first opportunity came when Fabiano and Robinho combined for what would have been a fabulous goal but Robinho was thwarted by Chile keeper, Claudio Bravo.
Chile really should have gone ahead on the 13th minute but somehow Suazo contrived to fire over from close range.
Brazil took the lead on the 20th after Ronaldinho Gaúcho’s free-kick was headed home by Luís Fabiano.
Dunga’s men could have been two up on 34 minutes after Diego was caught by a high foot from Marco Estrada inside the area. But Ronaldinho Gaúcho had a well-struck penalty turned away by an excellent save from Bravo.
Just before half-time, Lúcio punted a long ball down field, Fabiano won it in the air and fed Robinho and his clinical finish made it 2-0. This was the Manchester City man’s 7th goal against Chile in 5 matches.
Chile got a boost early in the second period when Kléber received a second yellow for blocking the run of Sanchez. However, the advantage lasted no more than 15 minutes as ex Palmeiras player Valdivia got himself red-carded after a reckless lunge to try to take out both Josué and Luís Fabiano.
The Seville player survived unscathed and then killed the game off late on with a low shot that beat Bravo.
Dunga made changes bringing on Elano and Jô to line up with Manchester City teammate, Robinho. Jõ had a chance to make it 4-0 but put his shot wide.
Brazil take on Bolivia at home in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.
Chile 0-3 Brazil
Venue: Nacional stadium, Santiago, Chile
Officials (all Paraguay): Carlos Torres Assistants: Tiburcio Gauto, Manuel Bernal
Chile: Claudio Bravo, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jará, Marco Estrada, Arturo Vidal (Cereceda), Carlos Carmona, Matías Fernández, Hugo Droguett (Valdivia), Alexis Sánchez, Humberto Suazo, Mark González (Beausejour).
Coach: Marcelo Bielsa
Brazil: Julio César, Maicon, Lúcio, Luisão, Kléber, Gilberto Silva, Josué, Diego (Elano), Robinho, Ronaldinho Gaúcho (Juan), Luis Fabiano (Jô).
See the qualifying table here
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