Brazil knock-out Ghana 3-0 to grab quarter-final place

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

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Brazil are through to the quarter-finals of the Fifa World Cup after a comfortable 3-0 win over Ghana, Tuesday.

Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund.

Ghana seemed to dictate the style of this match; with their defensive back four near to the half-way line Brazil was kept out of shooting range. While Ghana could not stop the reigning champions scoring on three counter-attacks they achieved slightly more ball possession and shots on goal over the game.

The Africans out shot the South Americans 18:11 but were not very accurate, often wide from long range. Brazil looked much more deadly going forward and got ten out of their 11 shots on target.

Ratomir Dujkovic's team's offside trap was brittle and beaten after just five minutes. Kaka sent Ronaldo sprinting through. The forward did a step over in front of Richard Kingston and put in his fifteenth World Cup goal, his third in this championship - a total which surpassed the German Gerd Müller as the highest scorer in the history of the World Cup.

Another counterattack before half time led to Adriano's tap-in from Cafu's low pass across goal.

Ghana came closest to a goal when John Mensah headed a corner straight down at Dida's feet. The Brazilian keeper reacted quickly to save and kick the ball out of harm's way.

The third goal was from a simple long ball from full-back Ricardinho over the Ghanaian defence. Ze Roberto ran on to it and nicked it by the on-rushing keeper Kingston and coaxed it over the line.

At this point in the match the Brazilians had received boos from some of the crowd who thought football's traditional crowd-pleasers were deliberately playing within themselves.

But as the clock ran down there were a number of exciting Brazilian attacks and Richard Kingston had to make three outstanding saves to keep the score respectable for Ghana.

Asamoah Gyan was sent off when he got a second yellow card for foul simulation.

In the next phase Brazil would play against France, in a game held in Frankfurt on July 1.

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Round of sixteen

Match 55

June 27, 2006
Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 3–0 Flag of Ghana.svg Ghana Signal Iduna Park
Ronaldo '5
Adriano 46'+
Ze Roberto 84'

Attendance: 65'000



Flag of Brazil.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Brazil.svg Dida (GK)
Flag of Brazil.svg Lucio Flag of Brazil.svg Juan 44' Yellow card.svg
Flag of Brazil.svg Cafu (C) Flag of Brazil.svg Roberto Carlos
Flag of Brazil.svg Emerson Flag of Brazil.svg Ze Roberto Soccerball.jpg
Flag of Brazil.svg Kaka Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldinho
Flag of Brazil.svg Adriano 13' Yellow card.svg Soccerball.jpg Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldo Soccerball.jpg


  • 46' Gilberto Silva for Emerson
  • 61' Juninho Pernambucano for Adriano
  • 83' Ricardinho for Kaka

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Flag of Ghana.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Ghana.svg Richard Kingston (GK)
Flag of Ghana.svg Emmanuel Pappoe Flag of Ghana.svg John Pantsil 29'Yellow card.svg Flag of Ghana.svg John Mensah Flag of Ghana.svg Illiasu Shilla
Flag of Ghana.svg Haminu Draman Flag of Ghana.svg Stephen Appiah (C) 7'Yellow card.svg Flag of Ghana.svg Sulley Muntari 11'Yellow card.svg Flag of Ghana.svg Eric Addo 38'Yellow card.svg
Flag of Ghana.svg Matthew Amoah Flag of Ghana.svg Asamoah Gyan 48'Yellow card.svg 81'Yellow card.svgRed card.svg


  • 60' Dereck Boateng for Addo
  • 70' Alex Tachie-Mensah for Amoah

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Flag of Slovakia.svg Referee: Michel Lubos Yellow card.svgRed card.svg

Flag of Slovakia.svg Assistant referee: Roman Slysko

Flag of Slovakia.svg Assistant referee: Martin Balko

Flag of Australia.svg Fourth referee: Mark Shield

Flag of Australia.svg Fifth referee: Nathan Gibson

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