2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

9 June - 9 July

2006 FIFA World Cup™

BRAZIL 3-0 GHANA

It is four wins and counting for holders Brazil at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ after they beat Ghana 3-0 in Dortmund to book their place in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, 27 June 2006.

While Brazil advanced to a quarter-final against Spain or France in Frankfurt on Saturday, the talking point of this Round of 16 tie was the opening goal by Ronaldo with which the Brazil marksman wrote his name in the record books. Ronaldo's fifth-minute strike was his 15th in the FIFA World Cup, taking him past Germany's Gerd Muller as the most prolific scorer in the 76-year history of the tournament.

Ghana, the only African side to advance to the knockout rounds, pushed Brazil all the way in the opening period but after missing several chances to score, they conceded a second goal right on the stroke of half-time from Adriano. After losing Asamoah Gyan to a red card following a second bookable offence in the 81st minute, their fate was sealed when Ze Roberto added a third for Brazil three minutes later.

The match:

5': Ghana had the worst possible start when Brazil took an early lead as Ronaldo broke Gerd Muller's scoring record to become the FIFA World Cup's all-time leading marksman. A well-weighted pass from Kaka allowed him to sprint clear of Ghana's defence and a trademark step-over left Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson helpless on the ground before Ronaldo slid in his 15th goal in the history of the tournament. (1-0)

13': Ghana almost paid the price of having their defence caught flat-footed again when this time Adriano broke free and tried to take it past Kingson, but when he tumbled in the box under a challenge from the goalkeeper, the Brazilian was booked for diving.

19': This time the Brazilian goal came under threat when Haminu Draman fired a long-range effort at Dida, but he tipped it over the crossbar.

29': Ghana's Matthew Amoah turned well inside the area and shot at Dida but he gathered the ball comfortably.

30': Ronaldinho had Kingson scrambling with a shot from wide on the left almost level with the penalty spot, but he turned it round for a corner. The Ghana goalkeeper then saved well from Lucio's header and Ghana broke well, culminating in Drama's powerful shot which flew over.

35': A mistake by Juan on the left flank gave Ghana a great chance. The Brazilian's attempted clearance was blocked and fed to Asamoah Gyan, but he could not keep his shot down from close range.

42': John Mensah went extremely close to equalising for Ghana when his header from a corner seemed destined to go in but bounced back off Dida's legs. A lucky escape for Brazil.

45+1': After almost conceding, Brazil doubled their lead, once again after beating Ghana's vulnerable offside trap. Cafu raced down the right and his low centre across the box was turned in off his knee by the predatory Adriano who will never have an easier chance. (2-0)

Kingson saves

57': A threaded pass from Ronaldinho was picked up by Roberto Carlos and the Brazil full-back darted into the box and fired at goal, but Kingson blocked it with his legs.

68': Dida had to dive at full stretch to his left to beat out a stinging drive by Gyan and as Matthew Amoah looked to pounce on the rebound, the Brazil goalkeeper gathered it at the second attempt, though an offside flag had in any case been raised.

79': Gyan once again tested the keeper, but the Modena striker, back in the side after missing Ghana's last match through suspension, could only hit his shot straight at Dida.

81': Gyan was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for diving in the Brazil penalty box.

84': As Brazil strung passes together in their own half, seemingly content with their two-goal advantage, the crowd in Dortmund whistled their frustration, but the FIFA World Cup holders showed their class by creating the third. Ricardinho played a clever ball over the top of Ghana's backline and Ze Roberto beat the advancing Kingson, poking it past him on the edge of the area before he shepherded the ball into an empty net. (3-0)

88': Kingson's strong right-hand beat out a powerful goalbound shot by Ronaldo. Two minutes later he did the same thing to deny Cafu, who tried to chip him.

90+3': Kingson yet again saved well from close range, this time stopping Juan, who had been released by Ricardinho's backheel.

In conclusion:

Ghana failed to pull off the shock that the romantics may have been hoping for but they can be well satisfied with their performance at their first ever FIFA World Cup. Brazil, as most perhaps expected, won through on an afternoon where the world champions' finishing power was the difference between the teams.

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