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Brazil, Netherlands advance to final eight

June 29, 2010

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— Five-time champion Brazil beat South American rival Chile, 3-0, to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Monday.

Juan opened the scoring in the 34th minute at Ellis Park Stadium with a firm header from near the penalty spot off a corner kick. Luis Fabiano added to the lead in the 38th, receiving a one-touch pass from Kaka and dribbling past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo inside the area before hitting the open net.

Robinho scored his first goal in the tournament with a shot from the top of the area in the 59th minute, a one-timer into the far corner.

Brazil will face the Netherlands, which earlier Monday defeated Slovakia, 2-1.

Chile was the first South American team eliminated. Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay are in the final eight, and Paraguay plays Japan today.

Netherlands 2, Slovakia 1

Durban, South Africa — The Netherlands reached the final eight when standouts Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder scored in each half of a victory over Slovakia.

The Oranje, who have never won soccer’s biggest prize, went ahead in the 18th minute when Robben cut inside from the right wing and found the net with a low, precise shot from 20 yards. Robben sat out the first two group matches with a hamstring injury, but his return has rekindled the crafty Dutch offense.

Sneijder doubled the lead into an empty net in the 84th after a gamble by Slovak goalkeeper Jan Mucha backfired.

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