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Sunday, 18th June 2006
Brazil Cruise to Second Round

Group F Match

Brazil vs Australia
München

Previous Encounters:
Brazil and Australia have met five times; three times in the Confederations Cup and twice in the Australia Bicentenary Gold Cup, in July 1988, where Romario scored all the goals in both wins against Australia (1:0) in the group stage and (2:0) in the final match.

While Australia might want to forget the (0:6) defeat to Brazil in the 1997 Confederations Cup Final in Riyadh, they did come out on top in the 2001 tournament in Ulsan, beating Brazil (1:0) on the 9th of June; in the third-place match.

The Match:
The first chance of the game fell to Kaka, from a Ronlaldo flick-on; in the third minute.

Mark Viduka's attempt, a couple of minutes later for Australia, was rather ambitious and never troubled Dida in the Brazilian goal.

The game took a while to move into gear. Ronaldinho tried to flick the ball over two Australian defenders for Ronaldo to run onto, in the 27th minute, and it nearly worked.

Australia continued to hold their shape and restrict Brazil's movement by keeping the ball and passing it around; backwards, quite often.

The injury to Tony Popovic, just before half-time, meant a little defensive reshuffling for Australia; the back line coping well so far with the Brazilian half-chances.

Guus Hiddink was so frustrated when Marco Bresciano shot over the bar, just before half-time, that he threw his water bottle to the ground.

Half-time: (0:0).

Two minutes after the break, Ronaldinho passed through the middle to Ronaldo. As three defenders blocked the Real Madrid striker's route to goal, he squared the ball for Adriano to beat his marker and score low, just inside the post.

Harry Kewell replaced Tim Cahill and was in the thick of goalmouth action immediately, as Dida came off his line and dropped what looked like an easy catch. Kewell, faced with an open net, blasted over the bar.

In the 68th minute, Harry Kewell's left foot shot just dipped over the bar as Dida looked over his shoulder.

Robinho, on for Ronaldo, had two spectacular chances within minutes of his substitution; the second one saved by Schwarzer's left foot, as he dived the wrong way.

Finally the game had some excitement again; it took a long time coming.

Viduka's lob over the leaping Dida landed on the roof of the net; just minutes before the final whistle.

Brazil made sure of victory as substitutes Robinho and Fred, on for Ronaldo and Adriano, combined to beat a stranded Schwarzer. Fred layed the ball out right to Robinho, whose shot cannoned off the post. With Mark Schwarzer still on the floor, all Fred had to do was run up and tap the ball into an open net.

Final Score:
Brazil 2 - Australia 0

Brazil have qualified for the Second Round.

Australia will qualify if they beat Croatia. If Australia only draw with Croatia, they will need to hope that Japan don't beat Brazil and get a better goal difference.

Of course, if Croatia win the game then they'll go through as long as Japan don't beat Brazil by a larger goal difference.

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Adriano (47)
2:0 Fred (90)

Teams

Brazil: (Captain Cafu)
1 Nelson Dida;2 Cafu, 3 Ferreira Lucio, 4 Juan, 6 Roberto Carlos; 5 Emerson, 8 Kaká, 10 Ronaldinho, 11 Jose Ze Roberto; 7 Adriano, 9 Ronaldo.

Australia: (Captain Mark Viduka)
1 Mark Schwarzer; 2 Lucas Neill, 3 Craig Moore, 6 Tony Popovic; 4 Tim Cahill, 5 Jason Culina, 7 Brett Emerton, 13 Vince Grella, 14 Scott Chipperfield, 21 Mile Sterjovski; 9 Mark Viduka.

Referee:
Markus Merk (Germany)

Substitutions Substitutions:
43 Mins (Australia) - 23 Marco Bresciano on for 6 Tony Popovic
56 Mins (Australia) - 10 Harry Kewell on for 4 Tim Cahill
69 Mins (Australia) - 15 John Aloisi on for 3 Craig Moore
72 Mins (Brazil) - 17 Gilberto Silva on for 5 Emerson
72 Mins (Brazil) - 23 Robinho on for 9 Ronaldo
87 Mins (Brazil) - 21 Fred on for 7 Adriano

Yellow Cards 5 Yellow Cards:
13 Mins - Brett Emerton (Australia)
28 Mins - Cafu (Brazil)
31 Mins - Ronaldo (Brazil)
39 Mins - Jason Culina (Australia)
83 Mins - Robinho (Brazil)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Teams by Group

Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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