Brazil beat Australia 2-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 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 beat Australia 2-0

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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.The Brazilians were counting to redeem themselves against Australia and prove they are still worthy of the hype surrounding their star-studded squad.The Australians, playing in their first World Cup since 1974, entered the match hoping for an upset, which would have kept their momentum going from the 3-1 win over Japan.It was Brazil's fourth win in six matches against the Australians. The Socceroos had defeated Brazil 1-0 the last time the teams met, in the 2001 Confederations Cup in South Korea, when Brazil fielded second stringers.Australia had also played Brazil to a 0-0 draw in 1997. (AP)



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