DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 25: Gilberto Silva of Brazil puts pressure on Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between Portugal and Brazil at Durban Stadium on June 25, 2010 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Brazil Wins Group G, Portugal Second After Teams Play To Scoreless Draw

Portugal's match with Brazil was one of the most anticipated fixtures of group stage, but on the edge of the tournament's knockout phase, both sides may be focused more on the next round than the latest iteration of their rivalry.

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World Cup 2010, Brazil Vs. Portugal: Scoreless Draw Sees Brazil Win Group G, Portugal Advance In Second

It was not a gentleman’s agreement, with Brazil having chances to take a first half lead, but the top two teams in Group G ended-up playing out a 0-0 draw, keeping the top half of the group as-it-was on Thursday, sending Brazil through as group winner, Portugal into the knockout stage in second place.

Brazil had first half chances for Nilmar, starting for Robinho, and Luis Fabiano, two opportunities that would prove to be the match’s best. However, the 0-0 draw has the same effect for them as a win, giving them the group’s first place and slotting them against Group H’s second place team for the knockout stage.

Portugal’s point sees the Seleccao finish one point ahead of Cote d’Ivoire, garnering five points with their one win and two draws.

Portugal moves on to face the first place team from Group H next Tuesday in the Round of 16.


World Cup 2010, Brazil Vs. Portugal: Nilmar, Luis Fabiano Misses Leave Brazil, Portugal Scoreless

Brazil and Portugal have gone to halftime scoreless, putting both teams in position to maintain their Group G spots into the knockout round.

Brazil comes into the match on six points in first place, while Portugal’s four points have them in Group G’s second place.

One point for Portugal will gain them entry into the knockout stage.

Nilmar had the best chance of the half, put behind the defense at Eduardo’s right post near the 30 minute mark. His left-footed shot was saved by a scurrying goalkeeper, maintain a drawn score.

Later in the half Luis Fabiano missed a header from five yards out, putting a cross into the ground, the shot bouncing wide and over the bar.

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