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Japan 1-4 Brazil
Thursday, 22 June 2006




Brazil fans adopt a local style of dress in Dortmund

Brazil's fans arrive in Dortmund in relaxed mood knowing their side have already made it through to the next phase

Japan fans arrive in Dortmund

For Japan's fans, however, the scenario is very different - a win is essential if they are to have any chance of progress

Ronaldo looks to break the deadlock

Ronaldo forces a good save from Japan's goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi early on as both sides start well

Robinho rues a missed opportunity

His strike partner Robinho also goes close as the South Americans threaten to break the deadlock

Keiji Tamada prepares to unleash his shot

With 34 minutes played, Keiji Tamada latches onto Alex's ball and fires an unstoppable shot past Dida to put Japan ahead

Ronaldo equalises for Brazil in first-half injury time

Brazil look for a quick equaliser and after a couple of near misses, Ronaldo heads home shortly before half-time

Juninho shows his delight at scoring the second

The world champions go ahead soon after the interval when a speculative effort from Juninho beats Kawaguchi

Japan's players can only watch as a third goal finds the net

On the hour Gilberto sprints clear and rifles home a fine third goal that leaves a trail of Japan's players in its wake

Ronaldo places his second goal into the net

Late on Ronaldo completes a fine move with an equisite finish to become the joint highest scorer in World Cup history

Brazil's players celebrate after their victory

Despite some criticism, Brazil ominously finish top of Group F with maximum points and now face Ghana in the last 16

Hidetoshi Nakata reflects on what went wrong

For Japan it is a time to reflect - the defeat sees them exit the tournament a round earlier than four years ago



GROUP F: HOW THEY FINISHED

  PGDPTS
  Brazil 3 6 9
  Australia 3 0 4
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  Croatia 3 -1 2
  Japan 3 -5 1


SEE ALSO
Your World Cup pics - 22 June
22 Jun 06 |  World Cup 2006


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