Following Uruguay’s example earlier in the evening, Brazil are making a mockery of their group form in their quarter-final against Chile. Cutting through their opponents almost at will they scored three within half an hour and could have had twice that.
Juan opened the scoring in the 16th minute nodding in Maicon’s flicked on header from a corner. In the 23rd minute Julio Baptista produced a clinical finish across Bravo’s goal after receiving a pass from Vagner Love.
Love could have grabbed his own hat-trick but some wild shooting and brave keeping by Bravo left him scoreless in what at times threatened to be an historic Brazilian rout. Julio Baptista turned provider in the 27th minute laying off a pass from Robinho who skipped across the edge of the box before rifling in his fifth goal of the tournament.
Chile’s plan looked to be to stifle Maicon and Gilberto out wide but it only succeeded in leaving acres of space in the middle of the pitch leaving Brazil’s defensive set-up – still included three holding mid-fielders – free to rampage forward.
Chile had a few chances of their own, were almost gifted a goal after a errant throw-out by Doni and hit the crossbar shortly afterwards. But they’ll have to make changes if they are to avoid humiliation and more questions are now bound to be asked after this almost certain elimination about what exactly happened back in their hotel in the early hours of Thursday morning.