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27 June 1998 Paris - Parc de Princes
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Chile coach, Nelson Acosta, declared before this first all-South American contest of France 98, that his side had already achieved their goal by qualifying for the second stage, and that defeat against Brazil would be no disgrace. That certainly was the case as the Chileans more than matched the world champions for a large part of this highly enjoyable match, only to fall to a 4-1 defeat, owed largely to three set-piece first-half goals when Brazil were struggling to find their fluency. Two goals apiece from Cesar Sampaio and Ronaldo sandwiched a consolation strike from Salas, and the Chileans can consider themselves very unfortunate in this World Cup to have come up against Mario Zagallo's side as early as they did. Brazil are now through to the quarter-finals in search of their fifth World Cup triumph, having not won the competition in Europe since Sweden 1958, and they will now play the winners of Nigeria and Denmark in Nantes on Friday 3 July at 8.00pm (BST). Heavy rain beforehand ensured a greasy top surface at a capacity 48,725 Parc des Princes, Paris, but that did not dampen the passions of the two sets of supporters who swathed the stadium in a mass of yellow and red. Chile settled the quicker of the two sides with Jose Sierra orchestrating affairs in the centre of midfield, while the pace and movement of possibly the tournament's best front pairing of Ivan Zamorano and Marcelo Salas, appeared capable of causing plenty of problems to Aldair and Junior Baiano. Sierra had the first attempt on goal when striking a 25-yarder straight at Taffarel for a comfortable early save on six minutes, as the Brazilians uncharacteristically displayed signs of early anxiety. However, just five minutes later the champions first attack also coincided with the opening goal of the game, following a free-kick on the left. Dunga swung over an inviting delivery and Cesar Sampaio escaped his marker to glance his side in front totally against the run of play. The goal appeared to temporarily knock some of the stuffing out of Chile, who were having difficulty in dealing with full-backs Cafu and Roberto Carlos, whose cavalier style down the flanks was more than making up for the stalemate through the middle. Brazil were finding it impossible to create any chances from open play, with Ronaldo well shackled by Ronald Fuentes, Pedro Reyes and Javier Margas, with his dyed-red hair. The sight of Roberto Carlos lining up a 35-yard free-kick generated a much needed buzz around the stadium on 27 minutes and although his effort was partly blocked, the ball ran loose off Bebeto to Cesar Sampaio, whose precision finish nestled in the corner of Tapia's net for the second Brazilian goal. At last the champions could relax a little, as despite failing so far to produce their accustomed fluent brand of football, they still found themselves two goals to the good. Rivaldo's left-footed strike on 35 minutes was Brazil's first effort from free play, while Zamorano and Fernando Cornejo combined to create Chile's best chance of the first half on 39 minutes, but the ball would not come down quickly enough for Cornejo and Taffarel easily smothered his underhit right-footed shot. Amazingly Brazil made it 3-0 right on the stroke of half-time when Ronaldo for once had the opportunity to demonstrate his devastating pace as he latched onto a ball through the middle. Tapia was forced into bringing down the young striker and the World Player of the Year scored his second goal of the tournament from the resultant spot-kick. To be leading by a three-goal margin without having played anywhere near their capabilities is a sign of a good side, but it was tough on Chile who had started the match so brightly and who had restricted Brazil to just those three attempts on target. Acosta made a couple of changes for Chile at the break, introducing Marcelo Vega and Fabian Estay for Sierra and Miguel Ramirez, in an attempt to regain some pride and respectability. However, it was Brazil who upped the tempo with Roberto Carlos giving Fuentes a torrid time down the left flank, and they almost increased their lead from a free-kick conceded for a foul on the flying wing-back after 54 minutes. In a carbon-copy of the opening goal, Cesar Sampaio somehow missed out on his hat-trick when failing to make contact with Dunga's accurate delivery. The substitution on 65 minutes of the awful Bebeto, who had been slated throughout by the Brazilian fans as well as his skipper Dunga, allowed for the arrival of the brilliant Denilson, as the game exploded into action in the remaining 25 minutes. A Ronaldo rocket smashed against the post following a wonderful pass by Cesar Sampaio, before Salas provided a possible lifeline for Chile when following up brave play by his skipper Zamorano to head home on 69 minutes. Almost immediately Brazil had restored their three-goal advantage when Denilson played in Ronaldo to score with a cool finish sending Tapia the wrong way. Estay twice went close for Chile, before Ronaldo struck the underside of the bar after the "move of the tournament", as Roberto Carlos was played in by a delightful backheel by Denilson and his low driven cross was met on the full by the striker only to see the woodwork deny him a hat-trick. Zamorano's last-minute curling free-kick, superbly saved by Taffarel, proved to be the last action of a fascinating match and the final act of Chile's excellent World Cup campaign. Meanwhile, ominously, Brazil have yet to find top gear and Nigeria or Denmark are next up for Mario Zagallo's side.

(1-0) Cesar Sampaio (11). Brazil's first attack saw Dunga's free-kick from the left whipped in with pace into the space between the 'keeper and his defenders, for the midfielder to arrive unmarked to glance home a downward header low past Tapia's right hand from six yards.

(3-1) Salas (68). A long ball into the Brazilian area saw skipper Zamorano manage to get his head to the ball before Taffarel, and glanced in an effort which was blocked by the 'keeper, but his strike partner was on hand to nod the ball into the right-hand side of the goal from 12 yards.

(2-0) Cesar Sampaio (27). Roberto Carlos fired in a ferocious 35-yard free-kick which ricocheted off the wall and off Bebeto into the path of Cesar Sampaio, and the 30-year-old scored his second of the game right-footed, with a deliberate side-footed shot low into Tapia's bottom right-hand corner from the edge of the box.

(3-0) Ronaldo (45, pen). Bebeto's flick rebounded forward off Leonardo, and Ronaldo sped onto the ball before being felled by Tapia just inside the box, he then picked himself up to fire home the resultant spot-kick right-footed with the 'keeper getting a hand to the ball as he dived to his left.

(4-1) Ronaldo (70). Substitute Denilson broke through the centre of the park and played a perfectly weighted pass into the path of the young striker on the right edge of the box, who then weighed up the situation, took a touch forward while waiting for Tapia to commit himself before steering home a low right-footed finish across the 'keeper and just inside the far post from 12 yards.

 
 
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