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Brazil 1-0 Croatia
Tuesday, 13 June 2006

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R Kaka 44



F Emerson 43yellow card


N Kovac 32yellow card
R Kovac 67yellow card
I Tudor 90yellow card



52% 48%

Shots on target

8 4

Shots off target

9 4


5 7


18 19


  • 01 N Dida
  • 02 M Cafu
  • 03 F Lucio
  • 04 S Juan
  • 06 R Carlos
  • 11 J Ze Roberto
  • 05 F Emerson yellow card
  • 10 G Ronaldinho
  • 08 R Kaka
  • 07 L Adriano
  • 09 L Ronaldo (69 D Robinho )


  • 13 J Cicinho,
  • 15 C Cris,
  • 21 C Fred,
  • 16 D Gilberto,
  • 22 S Julio Cesar,
  • 19 P Juninho,
  • 14 A Luisao,
  • 18 C Mineiro,
  • 20 L Ricardinho,
  • 23 D Robinho,
  • 12 C Rogerio,
  • 17 G Silva


  • 01 S Pletikosa
  • 03 J Simunic
  • 04 R Kovac yellow card
  • 05 I Tudor yellow card
  • 07 D Simic
  • 02 D Srna
  • 08 M Babic
  • 10 N Kovac yellow card (40 J Leko )
  • 19 N Kranjcar
  • 09 D Prso
  • 17 I Klasnic (57 I Olic )


  • 21 B Balaban,
  • 22 I Bosnjak,
  • 23 T Butina,
  • 12 J Didulica,
  • 15 I Leko,
  • 16 J Leko,
  • 14 L Modric,
  • 18 I Olic,
  • 20 A Seric,
  • 11 M Tokic,
  • 13 S Tomas,
  • 06 J Vranjes

Ref: Benito Archundia Tellez
Att: 72000


On the player rater: 65% thought Brazil were disappointing, 19% though they were workman-like and 16% thought they were brilliant

FULL-TIME Brazil open up their World Cup campaign with a win thanks to a first-half stunner from midfielder Kaka.

90 mins: Igor Tudor catches Robinho and is handed a yellow card. Two minutes of stoppage time are to be added on.

89 mins: Croatia may have just wasted their best chance of the half when Niko Kranjcar heads Prso's chipped ball over Dida's bar from six yards out.

88 mins: "Croatia may be losing but it is their fans who are making the noise inside the Olympiastadion."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera in Berlin

86 mins: Croatia appear to be running out of steam with Brazil looking the more comfortable as the match approaches its climax. A Croatia fan runs on to the pitch and is escorted away. The match is halted for a minute.

83 mins: A Kaka corner from the right is cleared by Croatia.

80 mins: Roberto Carlos strikes a 35-yard free-kick from the right, but it is deflected and cleared easily by Croatia.

74 mins: Robinho looks lively and has added some urgency to the Brazil side.

72 mins: Kaka looks to add a second but his sweet strike from the edge of the area flies two yards wide of Stipe Pletikosa's right-hand post.

70 mins: Marko Babic loses his marker and fires a shot that Dida holds on to at the second attempt.

70 mins: Robinho comes on for Ronaldo, who looked a shadow of his former self on the Berlin pitch.

68 mins: Ivica Olic makes a superb run down the left but delays his ball into the area, allowing Brazil to clear.

67 mins: Nico Kovac gets a yellow for late challenge on Adriano.

64 mins: Cafu delivers a glorious ball in from the right that Ronaldinho meets with his head. But Pletikosa is alert to the danger and makes a good point-blank save.

59 mins: "They should take Ronaldo off and make him hungry to start the second game."
BBC Radio Five Live co-commentator Martin Jol

57 mins: Ivica Olic comes on for Ivan Klansnic.

56 mins: After a quiet first half Ronaldo comes to life, firing in a 25 yard effort that misses the Croatia crossbar by a whisker.

54 mins: Brazil keeper Dida is called into action again when he palms away Ivan Klasnic's stinging low shot from the edge of the area.

50 mins: Rangers striker Dado Prso takes on Brazil's Lucio and fires in a low shot inside the area that Dida has to parry away.

47 mins: The game is a more open one in the second half with Croatia committing more players forward.

2103 BST: Croatia kick off the second half.

"Croatia sacrificed some of their attacking play in keeping Brazil at bay during the opening 45 minutes but will have to go forward after the break to get something out of the match."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera in Berlin

"It looked as if Ronaldo was completely disinterested in the first half."
BBC analyst Alan Hansen

HALF-TIME: One bit of magic from Kaka lit up a first half which saw Brazil frustrated by Croatia. Can the European side find a way to break down their South American opponents after the break?

44 mins: GOAL Brazil 1-0 Croatia
Brazil's Kaka scores a stunning goal from the edge of the area with his left-foot after picking up the ball from Cafu. Stipe Pletikosa was given no chance in between the Croatia posts.

43 mins: Brazil's Emerson receives a yellow for a late tackle on Igor Tudor.

42 mins: Brazil are being frustrated by a stubborn Croatia defence.

40 mins: Croatia's Jerko Leko comes on for Niko Kovac.

39 mins: Darijo Srna's wicked delivery into the Brazil penalty area narrowly misses the head of defender Igor Tudor.

38 mins: "Croatia are playing three at the back - I can't understand why Adriano keeps dropping off... I suppose even Brazil can make technical mistakes."
BBC Radio Five Live co-commentator Martin Jol

36 mins: Nico Kovac receives treatment on the touchline for what appears to be a injury to his ribs.

33 mins: "I think Robert Kovac, the Croatia defender, is a very, very good player. He spots the ball early."
BBC co-commentator Mark Lawrenson

32 mins: A great Brazil move is ended when Nico Kovac tackles Kaka on the edge of the area. The Croat gets a yellow card. Ronaldinho's free-kick strikes the Croatia wall and rebounds to safety.

31 mins: "Ronaldo has a lot of injury problems, but the coach cannot leave him out."
BBC Radio Five Live co-commentator Martin Jol

27 mins: Ivan Klasnic's shot is deflected over for a Croatia corner. The resulting kick comes to nothing.

24 mins: "I think it is admirable what Croatia have done - they are keeping their shape."
BBC Radio Five Live co-commentator Martin Jol

23 mins: Niko Kranjcar shoots low from outside the penalty area but his effort goes wide of Brazil's left-hand upright.

21 mins: Nico Kovac runs at the Brazil defence but he is stopped just outside the penalty area by Ze Roberto.

18 mins: Croatia may be the underdogs for the game but their fans are certainly trying to even things up with their vocal support.
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera in Berlin

15 mins: Roberto Carlos's shot is tipped over before Ronaldinho's low effort from the edge of the area is saved by Stipe Pletikosa. From the corner Carlos' vicious volley flies high over the crossbar.

14 mins: "Dario Simic is playing really well on the right for Croatia."
BBC Radio Five Live co-commentator Martin Jol

12 mins: "The thing about Brazil is that they do let you play."
BBC co-commentator Mark Lawrenson

8 mins: Niko Kranjcar's corner from the left is well held by Brazil goalkeeper Dida. At the other end Kaka's shot flies high over Stipe Pletikosa's crossbar.

4 mins: Dado Prso takes on Lucio down the left but his delivery into the Brazil penalty area is poor.

2 mins: Roberto Carlos shoots from the left with his right-foot but it sails high and wide of the Croatia crossbar.

2000 BST: Brazil kick-off their World Cup campaign.


1956: "There are two Brazilian fans in superhero costume, using their country's flag as a cape, wearing cardboard glasses and with an 'R' painted on to their chests."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera in Berlin

1951: The teams emerge from the tunnel to roars of the thousands that have packed in to the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

1949: "The Croatians are clever. Whatever system Brazil play, the European side they will try to nullify it. If they get close to the Brazilians they could affect them mentally."
BBC analyst Gordon Strachan

1944: "The players have gone back to the dressing room to get ready for kick-off. The noise is deafening as the sides are announced and displayed on the giant screens. "
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera in Berlin

1943:"It doesn't matter how big Ronaldo is, you would still play him."
BBC analyst Alan Hansen

1941: "I think Ronaldinho is the spirit of Brazil. He will be very near Maradona and Pele if he does well at this tournament."
BBC analyst and former Brazil international Leonardo

1935 BST: "The 1970s Brazil team was the best we've had not the one we have now."
BBC analyst and former Brazil international Leonardo

1930 BST: "The Croatia players were given a vociferous welcome as they came on to warm-up while the Brazilians had the fans snapping away as flashes from cameras went off around the Olympiastadion. Both teams are now limbering up as they prepare to open their World Cup campaign."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera in Berlin

1920 BST: It is 27C at the Olympiastadion in Berlin and the conditions are dry.

1905 BST: Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira sticks with the XI he named on 3 May with Adriano and Ronaldo chosen to lead the line, and Kaka and Ronaldinho also included in what is a very attacking formation. Arsenal's Gilberto Silva is on the bench.

Croatia coach Zlatko Kranjcar chose Ivan Klasnic to partner Rangers' Dado Prso up front, in preference to CSKA Moscow striker Ivica Olic who had been struggling with a thigh injury.


Brazil: Dida, Cafu, Lucio, Juan, Carlos, Ze Roberto, Emerson, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Adriano, Ronaldo. Subs: Cicinho, Cris, Fred, Gilberto, Julio Cesar, Juninho, Luisao, Mineiro, Ricardinho, Robinho, Rogerio, Silva.

Croatia: Pletikosa, Simunic, Robert Kovac, Tudor, Simic, Srna, Babic, Nico Kovac, Kranjcar, Prso, Klasnic. Subs: Balaban, Bosnjak, Butina, Didulica, Ivan Leko, Jerko Leko, Modric, Olic, Seric, Tokic, Tomas, Vranjes.

Referee: Benito Archundia Tellez (Mexico)


1810 BST: Neil Rydlewicz who has arrived in Berlin from Aberdeen says there is only one team he will be supporting: "Since Scotland's not playing in the World Cup, we've come to support the best team. Brazil play sexy football."

1745 BST: "There are small pockets of Croat fans but they seem in good spirits as they prepare to encourage their side against the world champions."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera in Berlin

1715 BST: Meanwhile in Brazil, about half the population have been given official permission to leave work early in time to be able to watch the match on television. The Sao Paulo Stock Exchange will close at 1500 Brazil time - one hour before kick-off which is at 2000 BST.

1700 BST: "Some Brazilian fans are wearing some extravagant costumes and the drums have started up outside the stadium as they wait to be let in. Four fans are wearing T-shirts spelling out the word 'HEXA' - referring to the sixth World Cup Brazil will win if they triumph in Germany."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera in Berlin

1455 BST: "Fans are already gathering outside the Olympiastadion more than five hours before kick-off. The yellow of Brazil is the dominant colour as their fans get in the party mood. Tickets are at a premium though, with one fan resorting to cycling laps of the stadium on his bike with a cardboard sign around his neck appealing for any spares."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera in Berlin

1300 BST" Berlin's main train station is full of fans of both teams, with the air rich with the sound of blaring horns and chanting."
BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera in Berlin

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