Brazil breaks records against Ghana

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Brazil was celebrating more than the 3-0 win over Ghana that earned a place in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:35 IST
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Brazil was celebrating more than the 3-0 win over Ghana that earned a place in the World Cup quarterfinals. The defending champion broke several records on Tuesday in its second-round match in Dortmund. Ronaldo netted his 15th World Cup goal, becoming the all-time leading scorer in the tournament. Cafu became the Brazilian player with most World Cup appearances, with 19, and Carlos Alberto Parreira moved up to fourth on the list of most matches as a coach at the World Cup, also with 19. In addition, Brazil scored its 200th and 201st goals, and increased its winning streak in the tournament to 11 matches. Ronaldo entered the match level with Gerd Mueller of Germany with 14 goals. He netted the milestone in the fifth minute after a brilliant step-over that beat goalkeeper Richard Kingson and a defender. The Real Madrid striker broke through the offside trap near midfield after a perfectly timed pass from midfielder Kaka. He had netted twice in Brazil's 4-1 victory against Japan, surpassing Pele as Brazil's leading scorer in the competition. Cafu, after being rested for the Japan match, returned against Ghana to set the Brazilian mark. The 36-year-old winger was even with Dunga and Claudio Taffarel with 18 World Cup matches before Tuesday. Germany's Lothar Matthaeus holds the overall record with 25 appearances from 1982 to 1998. Cafu has a chance to break other records during the competition. He can become the first man to play in four finals, and the only captain to lift the trophy twice. With 16 victories, Cafu already has won more World Cup matches than any other Brazilian, and has played a record 149 games for his country. He has lost only lost 19 times. Brazil scored goal No. 200 in World Cups when Adriano scored in first-half injury time, using his left thigh to connect with a cross from Cafu. Ze Roberto netted the goal No. 201 in the 84th after beating Kingson and finding the open net. Brazil began the competition with 191, adding seven others in its first-stage victories over Croatia, Australia and Japan. It also picked up its record 11th consecutive win in the tournament. Parreira, who led Brazil to its fourth world title in 1994 in the United States, coached his 19th World Cup match and is now six short of the record held by Germany's Helmut Schon, from 1966 to 1978. He already shares with Bora Milutinovic the record of coaching teams in five World Cups. Parreira had Kuwait in 1982, the United Arab Emirates in 1990, Saudi Arabia in 1998 and Brazil in 1994 and 2006. (AP)

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