DIRE If the first half gave us glimpses of hope at a good game the second half delivered, well, pretty much nothing. Words cannot really do justice to the lethargy and pointlessness of that last 45mins. The first came just a hairs-breadth away from an actual fight and it needed to calm down... but it was as if a strong sedative had been injected into the game. Lifeless and depressingly disappointing for anyone unfortunate enough to witness it - especially with the excitement we know these sides, these players, are capable of. Both sides are through to the last-16 and can - surely - only play better.
ALL OVER The whistle is greeted by a crescendo of boos from the crowd - for once the Vuvuzelas drowned out.
CLATTERED Portugal break into the box and Danny is absolutely clattered by Cesar. He looks in pain - now he knows how we feel.
A SHOT! Ramires has a shot - and that is the first bit of action we have seen in many long minutes.
HOW LONG???! The referee is clearly a man who lives by the book - extending the misery for another five, long, painful minutes.
BOOOOS The crowd are greeting this nonsense with booing. It deserves no less because this is just plain awful.
OUT OF ITS MISERY The humane thing might be just to put this game out of its misery... Brazil coach Dunga is apoplectic on the sideline.
ANOTHER CHANGE Grafite replaces Fabiano and the writing is on the wall - both sides are begging for the whistle, the crowd even more so
BAPTISTA OFF Clearly still feeling the Carvalho challenge - he might be feeling it in a month, to be fair - Baptista makes way for Ramires.
MONSTER TACKLE Ricardo Carvalho wins the ball from Baptista with a well timed but brutal challenge. Fair but very, very firm. Is it all going to kick off again? Here's hoping so - at least then we'd have a contest to watch.
HALF CHANCE Simao crosses for Ronaldo who puts it wide under pressure from Lucio. An actual shot on goal... it's a sight for sore eyes.
HMMMM You've got to feel for the 62,000 odd people who turned up for this match full of hope. We're 48 short of capacity in the ground - maybe they knew something we didn't.
YAWN You hate to say it but this game is becoming nothing short of boring - a travesty between these two skilful sides. The spat at the end of the first half has been replaced by abject disinterest from all parties.
WELL WIDE Ronaldo lines up another free-kick but it was well wide. Kind of sums up this second half.
PETERING OUT This game has failed to ignite in this second half - with Brazil, especially, disappointing. It could be we've already seen the best of this game - which would be a shame for everyone. One goal could change that but it will surely take something very special.
SAFETY FIRST Pedro Mendes replaces Pepe - one of the protagonists in the first half street fight. He was on a yellow card so it was probably a wise move.
MAGIC SPRAY Cesar takes a knock in that stanza and requires a couple of minutes of treatment before he is ready to continue.
MUST SCORE Ronaldo has had some joy with the ball over the top this half but his ball across the box is somehow put wide by Meireles who just needed to sidefoot it home.
EASY SAVE Fresh to the fray Simao has a crack but even the swerve of the jabulani ball can't outfox Cesar who claims easily
NOTHING DOING Only a goal can spur this game into life you feel - but neither side look especially likely to get one at the moment.
FIRST CHANGE Portugal make their first change with Duda heading off, replaced by Simoa.
JUST OVER Ronaldo lines up a free-kick from all of 35-metres and powers the ball goal-wards but the ball is deflected narrowly over by the heel of Pepe
OFF KILTER Portugal are looking lively and seem intent to test Brazil's offside trap. Brazil on the other hand are looking off colour - misplacing a series of passes.
GOOD BREAK Ronaldo springs the offside trap with superb pace on to a ball over the top but Lucio puts the ball out imperiously with a little bit of afters for the Portuguese captain. He apologises straight away, though.
WE'RE UNDERWAY The second half kicks off - let's hope for more football, less skirmishing
DING DING... The ref stopped the game with his whistle - but not the football which ended some 15mins before that when an incident involving Tiago and Lucio prompted a series of tit-for-tat acts of random violence that led Dunga to substitute Melo. In football terms it was nip and tuck - very tactical, very tight and not a lot to shout about. It has, however, been enthralling and the referee has been excellent. Here's hoping some calm kicks in at half time or we will see red cards in the second half.
HALF TIME The whistle goes to end the half
FOR HIS OWN GOOD... Chief protagonist in the pitch battle out there is Melo, who has been kicking everything that moves for the last five minutes. Dunga has seen enough and clearly feels he is not far from being dismissed and brings on Josué in his place.
DIRTY There are some niggling battles going on around the pitch here with some patently vicious and retributive challenges going in. There have been six bookings in the game already...
STRAIGHT AT THE KEEPER Ronaldo has his first shot of the game but it is straight at Cesar. This is an action packed encounter so far.
SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER Maicon looks like he has taken the ball out of play but not only keeps it in but send over a superb cross for Fabiano who had lost his marker but can only head a whisker wide from 5-metres. He really should have scored there.
MILES OVER Nilmar is looking extremely handy on the left for Brazil and he skins Ricardo Costa once again but his shot sails miles over the top.
KEEPER DOING WELL Brazil are really starting to turn up the heat here with some really incisive passing but the keeper has done superbly again, coming out to claim a dangerous cross. This is getting very interesting...
SIMULATION? The ref is clearly having none of Portugal's histrionics and when Danny went down theatrically claiming a penalty, the man in charge waved away the penalty appeals by waving a yellow card in Danny's direction. Good call.
OFF THE POST Wow, what a pass and what a save... Fabiano puts through a beautifully incisive ball across the box for Nilmar and he hit a chip at goal from close range but Eduardo makes a superb save to deflect the ball onto the woodwork.
TENTATIVE Brazil are probing here as opposed to going in with intent. They are used to opposition chasing them around but Portugal are being sensible and committing players only when necessary.
GOOD TO SEE Juan makes a cynical handball and is rightfully shown the yellow card but the ref is surrounded by a clutch of Portuguese players asking for a red and the ref responds by booking Dudu. Good strong refereeing from Benito Archundia.
IVORY COAST TWO UP The only way Portugal can go out of the tournament is if there is a seven goal swing with the Ivory Coast, and Drogba and co. have made their first inroads, leading North Korea 2-0 now...
CAUGHT LATE A two footed lunge from Tiago takes out Lucio but it's only a free-kick. It looks like it could get tasty in there neither side shy in the tackle.
KNOCKING IT AROUND Portugal are defending deep and letting Brazil knock the ball around in front of them - they are clearly not going to let Brazil walk through them and will look to get forward on the counter.
FIRST BOOKING Luis Fabiano is the first player into the book.
FIRST FORAY Portugal make their first purposeful foray into the Brazil half and Coentrao sends over a superb cross from the left that Cesar is forced to punch out. Good incisive stuff from Portugal.
POOR CROSS Brazil advance down the right again but Maicon - with bags of time - sends a poor looping cross that takes an age to come down and gives Baptista no chance.
GOOD CONTEST It will be a good contest down Brazil's right with Maicon and Alves looking very lively. Dudu and Meireles will have to be at their very best and will be looking for cover from Fabio Coentrão
GOOD EFFORT Ten out of ten for ambition from Alves who makes Eduardo nervous with a screaming effort from a long way out but it fizzes just wide.
STARE DOWN It's a bit like watching two prizefighters staring each other down and feinting at the moment. They are feeling each other out.
CORNER Brazil have two early corners that come to nothing - the delivery flat and poor, failing to beat the first man. How irritatingly often do we see that in games these days?
AND WE'RE OFF Brazil get this game underway
THE ANTHEMS The anthems are over, the atmosphere is electric - let's hope we get a game to match...
PRIDE There is a big Portuguese community in South Africa so despite the fact that both these sides are all but through to last-16 there is a lot to play for - this sell out crowd for one... and pride for two. Brazil have looked menacing throughout the tournament so far. Ruthless at the back and with devastating fire power up front and from the flanks - they also have a player coming into form in Fabiano. They will miss Kaka today - who is suspended - but the Milan maestro has not looked himself for a while, not just in this tournament. As for Portugal, they are without Deco and while they only need a draw or - or even a low scoring loss to procure last-16 football, they will know the confidence they could secure - and the statement they would send out - with a win. In Ronaldo they have perhaps the finest player in the world at the moment - the question is, can he and his side deliver?
BRAZIL TEAM 1-Julio Cesar; 2-Maicon, 3-Lucio, 4-Juan, 6-Michel Bastos, 5-Felipe Melo, 8-Gilberto Silva, 13-Dani Alves, 21-Nilmar, 19-Julio Baptista, 9-Luis Fabiano
PORTUGAL TEAM 1-Eduardo; 2-Bruno Alves, 6-Ricardo Carvalho, 15-Pepe, 23-Fabio Coentrao, 21-Ricardo Costa, 16-Raul Meireles, 19-Tiago, 7-Cristiano Ronaldo, 5-Duda, 10-Danny
EARLY TEAM NEWS Portugal's Brazilian-born midfielder Deco has again been ruled out with a hip problem and is likely to be replaced by Ramires. Versatile midfielder Ruben Amorim is also sidelined with a thigh injury. Pepe and Liedson are fit to play. Brazil are expected to bring in Julio Baptista for the suspended Kaka, while Dani Alves is standing by to replace Eleano, who is doubtful with a calf strain
PREVIEW With Brazil ranked No 1 in the world and Portugal No 3, their match in Durban is one of the most eagerly awaited encounters of the tournament and was one of the first World Cup games to be sold out. Brazil have already booked their place in the last 16 after beating North Korea 2-1 and the Ivory Coast 3-1. Portugal, who opened with a tame goalless draw against the Ivory Coast, thrashed North Korea 7-0 last Monday and are also likely to reach the knockout stage. Even if Carlos Queiroz's side lose against the Brazilians, the Ivory Coast will only claim second spot in Group G if they beat North Korea by a record score and are able to reverse a nine-goal difference with the Portuguese.
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