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Brazil and Portugal played out a unconvincing 0-0 draw which allowed Portugal to advance to 2nd round in 2nd place and set up an interesting tie against Spain, Brazil will now play Chile. This was the game to be potentially the game of the tournament so far but failed to deliver because of the Portugal coach Carlos Querioz tactics to make sure that Portugal got the point to make sure qualification. So this limited any attack minded football from Brazil.

With 63% of possession and 11 shots on goal it was Brazil intentions to go out and win the game against a team who is intentions was to park the bus in front of the goal. There was 7 players booked in this game and one of them Juan was lucky to stay on the pitch for a hand ball on which would of seen Ronaldo through on goal. Duda was booked in protest for waving an imaginary yellow card in the direction of the referee. Fair play to the referee. Nilmar nearly broke the deadlock on the half hour when his header at the back post was brilliant tipped onto the post by Eduardo a fantastic point blank save. Luis Fabiano who has been a bit off colour up front for Brazil spurned a free header and his effort when wide of the post.

In the 2nd half Ronaldo who was playing as the lone front man for Portugal got two opportunities to run at the Brazil defence and when he did he created the best chance for Raul Merieles, when the ball broke to him his stabbed effort when wide. As the game was running down Ramiers picked up the ball and had an effort from 25 yards out which was deflected and was brilliantly fingered tip by Eduardo. The game finished 0-0 and Portugal are yet to concede a goal in this world cup.

Scot Munroe

A Football fan for around 18 years since the age of 6 years old. My first love is Swindon town now managed by the mad man that is Paolo Di Canio. I have been a fan of Italian football for around 10-15 years now since the Channel four days back in the Uk with James Richardson. I am a Roma fan as well and i have been following the club since 2003 with the attack minded football with Totti and Cassano.

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