Full-time - 90'
0 - 0
14:00 +00:00, June 25, 2010
Durban Stadium, Durban, South Africa
Referee: Benito Archundia Tellez
One thing to bear in mind, if Spain come second in their group, they'll play Brazil in the last 16. That would be a mouth-watering prospect.
Read our full match report here.
That wasn't an entertaining game. The only positive to be taken from this match is that both teams can, and surely will, play far better in the next round.
FULL TIME Brazil and Portugal are through. The crowd in Durban are booing, a very poor game.
Wasted corner from Portugal. Every corner has been terrible.
Very sloppy from Juan! He tries to control a cross from Bruno Alves, the ball bobbles off his shin to Danny, who struggles to control the ball and clatters in Julio Cesar. The Portugal man is down and looking hurt.
ESPN Stats & Info: Total shots: Brazil 16, Portugal 12. Shots on target: Brazil 3, Portugal 2
Needless to say the corner from Maicon is wasted.
A fantastic save from Eduardo. Ramires' wild shot is flying wide, it deflects of Bruno Alves towards goal. Eduardo reacts sharply and turns in around the post for a corner.
An awful attempted cross from Dani Alves, he really has disasppointed with his delivery.
5 MINUTES ADDED TIME
No we won't. Another poor corner from Alves. The ball is cleared back to him and at the second time of asking he finds Lucio at the back post. The angle is against Lucio, whose header is straight at Eduardo.
Corner for Brazil after good work from Ramires. Will we see a goal?
Grafite on for Luis Fabiano
Neither side deserve to win this game, but surely we deserve to see a goal for sticking with this one for 90 minutes?
Miguel Veloso on for Raul Meireles
ESPN Stats & Info: Passing accuracy in the attacking third- Brazil 71%, Portugal 47%
Ramires on for Julio Baptista
3-0 Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast getting the eight goals they need looks more likely Brazil managing to find one.
Apart from that one Meireles effort at the start of the second half, no team has looked like scoring since the break.
A half chance for Ronaldo. Simao away down the right, his low cross arrives at the feet of the Portugal number seven, who slices the ball over. A frustrating afternoon for the Real Madrid man.
ESPN Stats & Info: The last Brazil-Portugal match that ended 0-0 was a friendly in 1965. This is the 11th meeting between the two since that match.
We need a moment of magic in this game, something to justify the anticipation that surrounded this clash pre-kick off.
Dani Alves has Brazil's first effort on goal in a long time. A harmless shot from outside the penalty area.
This game has been a real disappointment. It has never got going and both teams seem to have settled for a draw. It's getting very niggly here and I wouldn't be suprised to see a red card before the final whistle.
ESPN stats & Info: Brazil's last 0-0 in the World Cup was the 1994 final against Italy, which they won 3-2 on penalty kicks.
Ronaldo hits his worst effort yet. He scuffs the ball, and it flies well wide.
Free kick Portugal. Ronaldo knocks the ball past Lucio and the Brazil number 3 blocks him off.
The story of the game so far: Duda gets a booking
Pedro Mendes on for Pepe
The corner is put in towards Pepe, his knock down is easily cleared.
Cesar is down after his collision with Meireles. He has been suffering from a back injury, however he's back on his feet and Portugal have a corner.
WHAT A CHANCE FOR MEIREILES! Ronaldo twisting Lucio one way and the other, the centre-back slides in to tackle Ronaldo, but can only send the ball across his own goal mouth and towards the on-rushing Meireles. From six-yards he can only find the hands of Julio Cesar.
Simao the latest to send in a disappointing set piece, the clearance makes its way back to the Atletico Madrid man, who's stinging shot is well blocked by Julio Cesar.
Alves does well down the right for Brazil, his cross finds Fabiano, who's header harmlessly floats into the arms of Eduardo.
Tiago is looking to shoot down Brazil.
Brazil are really struggling to find a rhythm here, maybe their content with qualification.
Simao on for Duda
Ronaldo's effort is low and on target, until Pepe flicks his boot at it and guides it over for a goal kick to Brazil.
Dani Alves tugs back Tiago to hand a free kick to Portugal 40-yards out. Ronaldo is lining this up...
Ronaldo seems to have woken up, getting passed Lucio again before Juan heads his cross clear. The Brazil number four is having a great tournament.
ESPN Stats & Info: The seven cards issued by referee Benito Archundia Tellez was the most in a single half in this tournament.
The corner is deep and headed back into the box until it is booted clear.
A break from Portugal and Ronaldo is racing away. Danny is waiting for a tap-in, until Lucio appears from nowhere to clear for a corner.
Uncharacteristically poor in possession at the moment Brazil. The ball harmlessly played into touch from defence.
Portugal begin postively, Danny's floated ball in just evading his team-mates.
KICK OFF Portugal start the second half.
Dunga may look to start withdrawing some his star players as the game wears on. The likes of Fabiano, Lucio and Maicon may get a rest.
At half time, it's looking like this group is decided. Although, a goal for Brazil and couple of early goals in the second half for Ivory Coast and it might get interesting.
HALF TIME A disappointing first half, surely it has to get better after the break?
Cristiano Ronaldo has been having some truly awful shots at goal. The latest is speculative to say the least, going well wide.
ONE MINUTE ADDED TIME
Coentrao booked for a fairly tame challenge on Dani Alves.
A strange substitution, it could be Dunga protecting Melo from picking up a second yellow card.
Josue on for Felipe Melo
This game is getting really scrappy now. Melo the latest player to commit a cynical foul, Brazil are preparing a substitute...
Brazil's Nilmar and Portugal's Tiago challenge for the ball.
Ronaldo finally gets a shot on target, his 35-yard effort skimming across the ground and straight at Julio Cesar.
ESPN Stats & Info: Brazil have only failed to score twice in their last 21 World Cup matches (both against France).
Pepe is lucky there, some referee's may have red carded him for that challenge.
Pepe goes into the book for a nasty challenge on Fabiano.
First chance for Fabiano. Maicon digs a cross out from by the corner flag, his hanging cross is met by Fabiano who can only guide it wide.
Comical defending from Portugal. Nilmar's ball in is blocked by Costa, Carvalho comes across the clear, but only succeeds in knocking over his team-mate. The result is a Brazil throw in.
Good footwork from Nilmar, collecting a ball from Lucio he flicks the ball over Costa, before sending his half volley high and wide.
ESPN Stats & Info: Brazil have lost just one of their 32 World Cup first round matches since 1966.
Pepe brings down Baptista. The Beast was on the charge until the Real Madrid man brought him down.
ESPN Stats & Info: The only time these sides met in a World Cup was in 1966. Portugal won 3-1.
ESPN Stats & Info: Brazil have won 12 of their 18 encounters against Portugal, losing four and drawing two.
Ronaldo races clear and takes the ball round Cesar, only to see the linesman's flag raised. Only just offside though.
Tiago goes down in the box and the referee blows his whistle.....only to show Tiago a yellow card. A clear dive. The referee is having a good game.
Off the bar from Nilmar! His effort from six yards is turned onto the bar from Eduardo and bounces down onto the goal line before being cleared.
Once again, the corner is headed clear. Alves is better than this.
Another Brazil corner, can Alves get a good ball in the box?
A first flurry from Ronaldo, ducking a couple of challenges before biting off more than he can chew with Felipe Melo.
You do worry that this tournament may be remembered for the various ways in which footballers have tried to get their fellow professionals in the book.
Cristiano Ronaldo completely wastes the free kick, blasting the ball about 30 yards over the crossbar.
Duda joins him for chasing down the referee. Strong refereeing.
Juan in the book for handball.
The corner is cleared to Michel Bastos, who unleashes a wild volley into a crowd of bodies which is harmlessly cleared.
Fabiano spins on the edge of the box and his shot blocked and goes for a corner.
Brazil playing like a team that know their through and seem to be going through the motions. You'd expect a bit more urgency from Portugal.
Of course the Ivory Coast need a Brazil goal to stand any chance of going through. At the moment it's not looking likely.
2-0 Ivory Coast! A Brazil goal and it might get interesting.
Portugal are growing into this one. Coentrao again with a thrusting run, the ball eventually being chipped to Tiago on the edge of the box who lashes his volley narrowly over.
Luis Fabiano is the first player in the book for a late challenge on Pepe.
A fabulous burst from Coentrao down the left, skipping past Maicon and whipping in a dangerous cross. Cesar manages to punch clear.
Goal for the Ivory Coast. Maybe, just maybe, Portugal might have to start looking over their shoulder...
This Brazil team may lack some of the flair of their predecessors, but in Melo and Gilberto Silva they have a rock solid midfield.
The game is still to come to life, neither side creating a real opportunity as yet.
Cristiano Ronaldo with an audacious effort from nearer the half-way line than the goal. It travelled about one yard before being blocked by the defender.
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Fantastic link up play from Fabiano and Maicon. The full back just being beaten to the ball by Coentrao.
Brazil are controlling possession early on, Portugal haven't really got out of their own half yet.
Almost for Dani Alves! He picks up the ball 25-yards out, let's fly and the ball skips just wide.
The match as started at a real pace, both teams looking to move the ball quickly and get forward.
First foul of the game. Lovely foot work from Danny, Bastos can only dangle out a leg and bring him down.
Again the corner is cleared at the near post, two poor deliveries from Dani Alves.
Mereiles clears the corner well, but Brazil are quickly back on the attack and Nilmar earns another corner.
Brazil on the front foot from the off, an early corner for Portugal to defend.
KICK OFF Brazil get us under way!
The teams are in the tunnel, almost time to get this one started.
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ESPN Stats & Info: Brazil have won 12 of their 18 encounters against Portugal, losing four and drawing twice. The only World Cup encounter between these two sides was won by Portugal, 3-1 in 1966.
For Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo starts at the head of the attack, meaning there is no place for Hugo Almeida or Liedson. Danny comes in for Simao, while Duda and Pepe also come into the starting line up.
For Brazil, Nilmar, Dani Alves and Julio Baptista are in for the suspended Kaka, the injured Elano and the rested Robinho.
Although Brazil have already sealed qualification, and barring a miracle Portugal will be joining them in the last 16, there is still more than enough quality on the pitch to make this one of the most entertaining games of the tournament.
What a game we have on our hands in Durban. Since the World Cup draw was made in December, football fans all over the world will have been looking forward to this one. It's five-time World Champions Brazil up against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.
Join us at 14.00 GMT to see if Brazil can get the draw they need to finish top of the group.
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