First came a brilliant pass from Kaka. Then Luis Fabiano made a remarkable leap over Chile's charging goalkeeper.
And then ... nothing between Fabiano and the the goal. His shot in the 38th minute -- just two minutes after teammate Juan's score -- was the story of today's Brazil victory. The team added a third goal in the second half by by Robinho after a run and set up by Ramires. Ramires had split two defenders and evaded a third in running the ball downfield before his feed to Robinho.
The score didn't show the nip-and-tuck the first third of the match between the two South American squads. Chile had finished first over the Brazil in group qualifiers. With a dozen teams left in the tournament, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay are among the survivors.
Brazilian coach Dunga fielded an unusually -- for him -- potent offensive squad today, injecting Barcelona's Dani Alves into the lineup.
Brazil's victory puts it into a quarterfinal match with the Netherlands at 10 a.m. Eastern on Friday. Ramires, who got a yellow card, will miss that match.
The Netherlands defeated Slovakia 2-1 earlier today to make the quarterfinals.
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