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Robinho form big plus for unbeaten Brazil

Sports Desk |
Update: 2010-06-28 15:12:47

JOHANNESBURG: Robinho celebrated his first goal at the World Cup and a man-of-the-match performance as Brazil cruised past Chile and into the quarter-finals on Monday.

The five-time champions spanked their South American rivals 3-0 with defender Juan and striker Luis Fabiano also on the scoresheet.

Robinho featured in the build-up to Luis Fabiano`s 38th-minute strike and then splendidly finished a chance created for him by a surging midfield run from Ramires on 59 minutes.

Robinho`s form is a big plus for coach Dunga as Brazil remained unbeaten after four games in South Africa.

"I am very happy with both the goal and the victory," the on-loan Santos attacker said.

"If I am able to be the top scorer that will be fine, but I am focused on us doing well as a team."

Dunga said Robinho, Luis Fabiano and former world player of the year Kaka were being given freedom to attack from any part of the pitch.

"I have said the players have the liberty to play, I try to give them advice to guide them so when we know the midfield is closed we attack down the flanks," the 1994 World Cup-winning skipper said.

"We are fortunate to have players who can interchange quickly, as the Chileans packed the midfield, Kaka moved more down the flanks as did Robinho.

"We have a group of players who have a great range of skills and we allow them to perform at their peak."

While Kaka is working his way back into form after a thigh injury, Robinho has been one of Brazil`s best in South Africa, using his acceleration and verve to pose problems for opposing defences.

BDST: 1129hrs, June 29, 2010

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