Brazil beat Ghana 3-0 to reach World Cup quarterfinals

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Ronaldo scored his record 15th World Cup goal on Tuesday, and Adriano and Ze Roberto added two more to give Brazil a 3-0 win over Ghana.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:35 IST
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Ronaldo scored his record 15th World Cup goal on Tuesday, and Adriano and Ze Roberto added two more to give Brazil a 3-0 win over Ghana and a spot in the quarterfinals. Ronaldo became the tournament's all-time leading scorer in the fifth minute when he scored after a brilliant step-over that beat a defender and then the goalkeeper. The striker broke the offside trap near midfield after a perfectly timed pass from midfielder Kaka. Brazil, which will face either France or Spain in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Frankfurt, is in the last eight for the fourth straight time. It won the title last time. Adriano added to Brazil's lead in a breakaway in first-half injury time, using his left thigh to complete a right-flank cross from captain Cafu. Defender Lucio started the play at midfield, giving the ball to Kaka, who then found Cafu on the right side. Replays showed Adriano appeared to be offside when he touched the ball into the net. Fans heavily booed when the big screen at the stadium showed the replay. Ze Roberto added the third goal in the 84th, getting past the goalkeeper and finding the open net. After allowing the early goal, Ghana pushed forward and pressured Brazil, which was forced to rely on counterattacks. Although Brazil threatened, the Ghanaian had most of the scoring chances throughout the match, only being stopped by a solid performance by Brazil goalkeeper Dida. Striker Matthew Amoah had two good chances in the 24th, first just missing a pass from Draman, then shooting wide of the net from the top of the penalty area. Asamoah Gyan came close in the 35th, sending a shot from inside the area over the crossbar, and in the 69th, when his shot from near the penalty spot was saved by Dida. Gyan also had his 79th-minute shot from inside the area stopped by Dida. John Mensah had one of the match's best opportunities with a close-range header in the 42nd, but it was miraculously saved by Dida with his right foot. Ghana played a physical match from the beginning, picking up four yellow cards in the first half alone. It had two others in the second half. Gyan was sent off in the 81st for diving. He already had received a yellow card. While Brazil is seeking a record sixth title, Ghana was trying to become only the third African team to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Senegal did it in 2002 in South Korea and Japan, and Cameroon made it in 1990 in Italy. No African team has reached the semifinals. (AP)

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