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World Cup: Day 18

Scores: The Netherlands 2, Slovakia 1; Brazil 3, Chile 0.

Game scorers: Juan (35), Luis Fabiano (38), Robinho (59).

Match of the day:JOHANNESBURG - Brazil defeated Chile, 3-0, today to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup, but in the process, the five-time champion sent out a clear message in South Africa.

On paper, the stats weren't too different. Brazil finished the match with 17 shots to Chile's 15. However, the Brazilians extended their dominance over the Chileans with an eighth consecutive victory. The last Brazilian loss was in a 2000 World Cup qualifying match.

Robinho loves Chile! Obvious was his celebration today after scoring the final goal. It was Robinho's seventh goal in six matches against the Chileans. Even Chile's coach, Marcelo Bielsa, admitted a definite gap between the two teams.

Still in the World Cup is Argentina, led by Argentina's head coach Diego Maradona, but why is this significant? It was Maradona who led the squad in the second-round defeat of Brazil in 1990. Since that loss, Brazil has accomplished a semifinal appearance in the consecutive World Cups.

Brazil faces The Netherlands on Friday in the quarterfinals. The Netherlands beat Slovakia, 2-1.

Quote: "I've always done well against Chile and thankfully today was no different. I think we’re on the right track and we’re achieving our objectives," said Brazialian forward Robinho.

Lineup: Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Juan, Michel Bastos, Gilberto Silva, Luis Fabiano, Kaka, Robinho, Dani Alves, Ramires. Coach: Dunga. Chile: Claudio Bravo, Ismael Fuentes, Mauricio Isla, Pablo Contreras, Carlos Carmona, Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal, Humberto Suazo, Mark Gonzalez, Jean Beausejour, Gonzalo Jara. Coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Tuesday's matches / June 28: Round of 16: Paraguya vs. Japan, 7 a.m.; Spain vs. Portugal, 11:30 a.m.

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