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Ronaldinho shines in Brazil win

Results: Nigeria 2-1 Japan, Argentina 1-0 Australia, Brazil 5-0 New Zealand, Cameroon 1-0 Honduras, Netherlands 2-2 United States, China 0-2 Belgium, Serbia 2-4 Ivory Coast, Italy 3-0 South Korea

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Video - More Olympic goals

Captain Ronaldinho scored two goals in seven minutes to put Brazil through to the Olympic football quarter-finals during a 5-0 thrashing of New Zealand.

The AC Milan forward's second-half strikes ensured the result after Manchester United midfielder Anderson opened the scoring after four minutes.

Alexandre Pato netted the second shortly after, before Rafael Sobis's goal capped the rout late on.

The South Americans are now top of Group C with six points from two games.

In the other Group C game there was bad news for China, who were seeking a win after drawing with New Zealand in their first game.

They lost 2-0 to Belgium after having two men sent-off, Moussa Dembele and Kevin Mirallas scored a goal in each half for the Europeans to leave them second in the group.

China defender Tan Wangsong was red-carded in the 52nd for a vicious foul and midfielder Zheng Zhi was sent for an early bath shortly after for elbowing an opponent.

The hosts now need to beat leaders Brazil in their last group match to have any chance of advancing.

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Video - Argentina 1-0 Australia

Argentina maintained their perfect record to guarantee progression from Group A with a 1-0 win over Australia courtesy of a goal 14 minutes from time from Napoli's Ezequiel Lavezzi .

Barcelona star Lionel Messi was the driving force as Argentina upped their bid to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals.

Elsewhere in Group A, Ivory Coast had Slobodan Rajkovic to thank for an own goal that contributed to a 4-2 win over Serbia for the Africans.

Sekou Cisse, Salomon Kalou and Gervinho got the other goals for the Elephants while Miljan Mradkovic and Djordje Rakic were on target for Serbia.

It was the first points the Ivorians have picked up in Beijing and leaves them second in the table.

Meanwhile, in Tianjin, Nigeria survived a late scare to secure all three points with a 2-1 win against Japan in Group B.

Victor Obinna Nsofor
Obinna Nsofor's goal was the first for Nigeria in Beijing

Victor Obinna Nsofor scored Nigeria's first of the tournament when he pounced on a beautiful passing move on 57 minutes, slotting Odemwingie's clever flick into the right-hand side of the goal.

Everton's Victor Anichebe came on as a substitute in the second half and soon doubled the lead.

But just as Nigeria seemed to be easing to victory a defensive lapse allowed Yohei Toyoda to hit back for Japan, setting up a nervy final ten minutes.

In Group B's other game, Liverpool's Ryan Babel fired in a rebound from his own header against the United States to put the Netherlands ahead in what ended as a 2-2 draw.

The Americans were rewarded for their endeavour when Freddy Adu played in Sacha Kljestan who scampered through to shoot under Netherlands' goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer.

The turnaround was complete when substitute 18-year-old Jozy Altidore turned a hard-hit cross from Michael Orozco into the goal with almost his first touch of the game.

With time running out Gerald Sibon rescued a point for the side in orange when he fired in a powerful daisy-cutter free kick.

Italy have qualified for the men's Olympic football tournament a record 15 times and booked their place in the knockout stage with a 3-0 win over South Korea.

Giuseppe Rossi, Tommaso Rocchi scored in the first half while Riccardo Montolivo registered late on to ensure the score line reflected their domination. The win gives Italy six points and assures it one of the top two spots in Group D.

Meanwhile, Rennes midfielder Stephane Mbia gave Cameroon a 1-0 victory over Honduras, keeping alive the African team's chances of progressing from Group D.

Despite a poor first period, it was Cameroon, who won gold at the Sydney Games in 2000, who started to dominate.

The pressure paid off when Mbia hit a low right-footed drive past the outstretched arms of Honduran goalkeeper Kevin Hernandez after 74 minutes to seal victory.

The win gives Cameroon four points and keeps quarter-final ambitions alive heading into their final Group D match against Italy.




see also
Brazil get off to winning start
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Messi scores in Argentina victory
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