Brazil labour to beat Australia 2-0
The S Americans struggled to redeem themselves against Aussies and prove the worth of their star-studded squad. Schedule | Teams | Results | Photos | Gamesindia Updated: Jun 19, 2006 00:12 IST
Adriano and Fred scored a goal each on Sunday, leading Brazil to a challenging 2-0 win over Australia in Group F of the World Cup.
Brazil secured a spot in the second round with the victory, its ninth consecutive at the World Cup. The five-time champions haven't been eliminated in the first stage since the 1966 tournament in England.
Adriano scored the first goal in the 49th minute with a left-footer from the top of the area, clearing a defender before striking a low shot past Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.
Adriano did the 'rocking the baby' celebration along with the rest of the Brazilian players, dedicating the goal to his son Adriano Junior, who was born in Brazil on Friday.
Fred, who replaced Adriano in the 88th, added the second goal a minute later by tapping in after a save by Schwarzer.
Ronaldo, who improved slightly from his dismal performance in the opener, set up Adriano for his goal.
Brazil, seeking a record sixth world title, was coming off a lackluster 1-0 win over Croatia last Tuesday, when the team's 'magic quartet' was kept in check and only Kaka played well.
The quartet had another below par performance on Sunday, failing to spark Brazil's attack.
First Published: Jun 18, 2006 03:14 IST