Adriano scored three goals to help Brazil rout Chile, 5-0, yesterday and earn its 18th straight World Cup appearance.

Defender Juan and striker Robinho also scored in Brazil's easy victory in front of nearly 40,000 fans at Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, the nation's capital.

Brazil, the only nation to have played in every World Cup since its inception in 1930, improved to 30 points from 16 matches in CONMEBOL, the South American qualifying group.

Chile remained with 20 points, five behind Paraguay in fourth place, the last position guaranteed a berth in the 32-team World Cup finals in Germany next year. The fifth-place finisher faces the Oceania winner for another berth. Uruguay beat Colombia, 3-2, to move into that spot.

Ivory Coast's hopes of qualifying for its first World Cup were hurt by Alioum Saidou's 90th-minute header that gave Cameroon a 3-2 victory and first place in Group 3. Cameroon is pursuing a fifth straight World Cup berth.

Ghana moved to the brink of qualifying for its first World Cup with a 2-0 win over Uganda. It leads Group 2 with 18 points, three ahead of 2010 World Cup host South Africa and Congo.


Justin Mapp scored in second-half stoppage time to give the visiting Chicago Fire a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Mapp scored after weaving past four defenders and striking a diagonal eight-yard shot that ricocheted off the right post.


Second-ranked UCLA scored three times in the first half and added a goal in the 80th minute to beat the fourth-ranked Maryland men's team, 4-0.

Freshman midfielder Sal Zizzo led the host Bruins with a goal and two assists.