Brazil won their final Group B tie against Ecuador tonight and once again it was thanks to a penalty won and converted by Robinho. The Real Madrid player conned the referee into awarding Brazil a penalty in the 55th minute and scored the spot kick himself to give his side a 1-0 win.
The victory means that Brazil finish in second place in Group B, behind Mexico, who drew 0-0 with Chile earlier in the evening.
The results mean that Chile finish as the best third place side and advance to play Brazil. It also secures Uruguay’s place as the second best third place team. Unbelievably, that means that both quarter finals, Chile-Brazil and Venezuela-Uruguay, are repeats of group matches played just days ago.
Brazil took the three points but they were once again fortunate to do so. Both sides created chances in a fairly even first period and both goalkeepers were called upon to make timely stops.
Dunga once again packed his midfield with battlers but they struggled to halt Ecuador’s swift and frequent forays towards the Brazilian goal and Felix Borja was unlucky to see a shot hit the side netting after Doni rashly committed himself. However, it was Brazil who ended the half strongest with Marcelo Elizaga making three saves inside a minute to keep the scores level at the break.
Brazil were a bit more like their old selves after the break but the match was ultimately decided by the referee, who awarded Robinho a penalty for a soft dive and turned down two similar appeals from the Ecuadorans.
Brazil go through, but they look wholly unconvincing.