Brazil 2 Australia 0
Posted by ssbg on June 18, 2006
The Soccerroos attempt at a comeback is quashed, as Fred taps in Robinho's post deflection
Goals from Adriano and substitute Fred sealed Brazil's place in the last 16 with a win over a plucky Australia.
The Socceroos' well-organised defence frustrated Brazil until Ronaldo squared for Adriano to score from 18 yards.
Harry Kewell blasted over an unguarded goal and Mark Viduka's lob landed on top of the net as Australia battled back and came close several times.
But Fred tapped home the second for the unconvincing holders after fellow sub Robinho's shot came back off the post.
Their second win sees them almost stumble through to the knockout stages.
But on a day Australian football came of age, the Socceroos need only a draw in their final game against Croatia to seal a place in the last 16.
Ronaldo started again for Brazil despite ongoing criticism over his performances and condition.
His first contribution in this game saw him lose control of an Emerson pass but his second was a delight as he flicked the ball over his head for Kaka to crash a volley inches wide.
Vince Grella's foul on Ronaldo gave Brazil's troupe of free-kick artistes an early chance to convene but Roberto Carlos's blast swung high and wide.