Luis Fabiano of Brazil, right, celebrates scoring against Chile on Monday. ((Clive Rose/Getty Images))

Brazil romped to a 3-0 victory over Chile in a Round of 16 match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Monday in Johannesburg.

Chile was no match for Brazil, which relied on goals from Juan, Robinho and Luis Fabiano to book their spot in the quarter-finals.

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Main storyline

Is that any way to treat a neighbour?

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Chile became the first of five nations from South America to be eliminated from the tournament, bowing at the feet of the continent's ultimate super-power.

The Chileans have won plaudits for their swashbuckling play and their attack-at-all-times philosophy ever since Argentine Marcelo Bielsa took over the coaching reins in 2007. Bielsa has done a remarkable job of transforming Chile into an attacking and stylish force, so much that that the team earned the nickname "the new Brazil."

But the mighty Selecao left no doubts as to who the real Brazil is, beating their South American rivals like the neighbourhood bully rubbing the face of the cocky kid into the dirt of the playground.

The criticism of coach Dunga's team is that it is uninspiring, focused solely on the end result and betraying the long-held ideology of joga bonito, of playing beautiful soccer. It's never been enough for Brazilians to win — victory must be achieved by playing stylish and entertaining soccer. Otherwise it's meaningless.

Brazil poured on the style against Chile, reaffirming its status as spiritual caretaker of the game, while at the same time remaining true to Dunga's philosophy of being defensively organized and physical in midfield.

While Juan, Robinho and Fabiano supplied the sizzle in the form of highlight-reel goals, Gilberto Silva and Ramires provided the streak, holding things down in midfield and effectively linking the defence and the attack.

Throughout this tournament, Brazil has shown flashes of attacking brilliance while at the same time never straying very far from the preachings of Dunga. It's made for a formidable combination, one that might not be appreciated by the ravenous Brazilian press, but it has produced results.

And how loud will those complaints really be should the Selecao win their sixth World Cup trophy?

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What this result means

Brazil advances to the quarter-finals and will meet the Netherlands, which defeated Slovakia 2-1 earlier in the day. Chile has been eliminated.

The winning goal

Brazil dominated proceedings from the opening kickoff but didn't breach the Chilean defence until the 35th minute. Maicon floated a lovely corner kick deep into the box, and Juan gave his marker the slip before majestically rising in the air to score on a powerful header.

The turning point

Juan's goal was a crushing blow to a Chilean side that valiantly repelled the Brazilian attack, as Fabiano scored three minutes later to put the result beyond doubt.

Goal of the match

Juan's goal was the perfect combination of technique and execution.

The Brazilian perspective

"Chile played exceptionally well, they had a lot of possession of the ball. But Brazil was able to have balance and control." — coach Dunga

The Chilean perspective

"We leave the tournament knowing that we gave everything on the pitch. We are a very fragile team at times. We attack very well, but we have to know when to defend." — goalkeeper Claudio Bravo