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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Brazil wins Group G after 0-0 draw with Portugal

DURBAN, South Africa (AP)—Two of soccer’s most powerful offenses didn’t score Friday and Brazil won Group G after a listless 0-0 draw with Portugal, which also advanced to the second round.

Both teams had good chances to score, but failed to capitalize at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Brazil striker Nilmar had a shot tipped against the goalpost by Portugal keeper Eduardo in the 30th minute, and Luis Fabiano’s close-range header just missed wide in the 39th.

Portugal had a goal denied by keeper Julio Cesar in the 60th when he barely tipped wide a shot by Raul Meireles after a dangerous run by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Brazil finished with seven points, two more than Portugal. The five-time champion Brazilians play the Group H runner-up on Monday in Johannesburg. Portugal faces the Group H winner Tuesday in Cape Town.