Brazil defeats Chile 5-0 to clinch World Cup berth

Adriano scored three goals to help Brazil rout Chile 5-0 Sunday and earn its 18th straight World Cup appearance.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:48 IST
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Adriano scored three goals to help Brazil rout Chile 5-0 Sunday and earn its 18th straight World Cup appearance. Defender Juan and striker Robinho also netted a goal each in Brazil's easy victory in front of nearly 40,000 fans at Mane Garrincha Stadium in the nation's capital. Brazil, the only nation to have played in every World Cup since its inception in 1930, improved to 30 points from 16 matches in the South American qualifying group. It trails rival Argentina - which lost 1-0 to host Paraguay on Saturday - by one point with two matches remaining. Last position Chile remained with 20 points, five behind Paraguay in fourth place, the last position guaranteed a berth in the 32-team World Cup finals in Germany next year. The fifth-place finisher faces the Oceania winner for another berth. The victory was Brazil's fifth in eight World Cup qualifiers against Chile, and the 41st overall in 60 matches. The result kept Brazil unbeaten against the South American rival at home in 23 matches. Juan put Brazil ahead with a header in the 11th minute, sending the ball into the far corner from about three meters after a corner taken by Kaka. Robinho added to the lead in the 20th, finishing a play with Adriano, Kaka and Ronaldo. Robinho sent a long ball from midfield to Adriano, who dribbled past a defender on the right flank and crossed the ball to Kaka. Cross shot The AC Milan midfielder one-timed it to the front of the goal where Ronaldo, with his back to the net, let it for Robinho to finish with a blast from four meters. Adriano increased the lead in the 26th with a firm left-footer from just inside the area, firing a low cross shot into the far corner. The Inter Milan striker got on the board again three minutes later with a header from about six meters off a corner from midfielder Ze Roberto, then closed the scoring with a powerful left-footer from inside the area two minutes into second-half injury time. Brazil lost Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos in the 65th minute because of a knee injury, but after an initial examination, team doctor Jose Luis Runco said it did not seem to be serious. Scoreless streak Ronaldo, who left the match at halftime, increased his scoreless streak to six matches. Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira set up Brazil with an attacking team, with Ronaldo, Adriano, Kaka and Robinho in the lineup. The scheme quickly showed results, and Brazil created several early scoring chances. The five-time world champion slowed in the second half and only administrated the result. Chile had to play without one of the team's tops scorers, Marcelo Salas, who had to be removed from the lineup just hours before the match because of a last-minute muscle injury. Chile will play its last two qualifiers in October against Colombia and Ecuador, while Brazil still has to face Bolivia and Venezuela. (AP)