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Sat. 27th June:
There was a lot of debate about Tore Andre Flo and the penalty against Brazil, but it's history now, and so are Norway.
An early goal for the Squadra Azurra hinders the flow of play in a knock-out game. Even a team trying to find their lone ranger needs to gain possession first.
In the eighteenth minute Vieri picked up Di Biagio's pass, near the half-way line, and ran through the middle of the field -- ignoring Henning Berg at his heels -- to end any hopes of a match.
Can Italian fans be happy with such a display? For most of the game they didn't make much noise -- then they get in their cars and blare their horns.
Perhaps Norway didn't like the French food and wanted to get back to Oslo.
Match Rating: Poor Entertainment -- melted like gelato in the sun when Vieri scored the only goal of the game. 1-0 to Italy.
Brazil steamrollered into the quarter-finals.
Goals from two free kicks and a penalty in the first half gave Brazil a comfortable lead before the break.
Sampaio beat the offside on Dunga's free-kick in the eleventh minute to head in the first, and side-footed the second into the corner of the goal after a free-kick from Roberto Carlos slammed through the wall and ricocheted off Bebeto. A penalty from Ronaldo made it three after he was brought down by Tapia.
Ten minutes into the second half, and Sampaio should have claimed a hat-trick. Another free kick fell to his feet at the far post.
The tempo slowed in the second half, until Salas brought the game back to life in the 67th minute; heading in off Taffarel.
Ronaldo replied within three minutes with a shot through the keeper's legs, and should have scored again four minutes from the end when he hit the bar from close-range.
Match Rating: A thrilling encounter -- Chile not hot enough. 4-1 to Brazil.
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