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The Cup Running Over


June 28, 2010 4:19 PM

Instant Round of 16 Review: Brazil Grinds On

SCORE: Brazil 3, Chile 0. At this point, these teams could play ten times and nothing would change.

TURNING POINT: The first goal, of course, scored on a set play. Brazil has been working on these, knowing that a larger percentage of goals come that way in major championships  (and not in the traditional flowing Brazilian style). Minutes later, came the second.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: The Brazilian manager Dunga who, so far, has made his soccer version of "three yards and a pile of dust" approach work for a team that traditionally plays very differently. Plus, he started both Maicon and Danny Alves and we've been urging him to do that for months. (They usually play the same position; Alves was moved, but that's fine.)

BIGGEST SURPRISE: That Juan scored the first goal? That the Brazilian keeper pretty much had the day off? The Brazilians are grinding out results so methodically that they've eliminated the element of surprise from their matches.

BIGGEST NO-SHOW: Leading South American scorer in the qualifiers, Humberto Suazo, ended his Cup with no goals. Maybe the Chilean can have a beer with Wayne Rooney.

IF THE GAME WERE A ROLLING STONES SONG IT WOULD BE: Back of My Hand

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