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Brazil and Portugal Advance to 16



    Brazil and Portugal Advance to 16
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    DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 25: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Michel Bastos of Brazil congratulate each other as their teams drew 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 Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

    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 30the 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.