FIFA WORLD CUP

Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany

Referee: Eric Poulat | Attendance: 65000

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Japan

  • Keiji Tamada 33'

1 - 4

FT

Game 43

Brazil

  • Ronaldo 45' +1'
  • Juninho Pernambucano 53'
  • Gilberto Melo 59'
  • Ronaldo 81'
  • 90'

    FULL-TIME: Brazil move up a gear and out-play a hard-working Japan; the five-times champs aren't all there yet, but they are certainly improving with every game.

  • 89'

    Japan have actually finished the game quite well; they have had a lot of the ball in the last ten minutes, and put the Brazilian defence under a little pressure.

  • 88'

    Ogoru is put through the middle; he is one-on-one with Rogerio, but stopped in his tracks by a late off-side flag.

  • 87'

    Australia have equalised in Stuttgart; the Aussies will clinch second place if the score remains 2-2 there.

  • 86'

    ...But Nakamura bends his shot just wide of the upright, with Rogerio scrambling across his goal to cover.

  • 86'

    ...Nakamura stands over the set-piece as the defensive wall moves in to place...

  • 86'

    Japan win a free-kick as Gilberto fouls, 30 yards out.

  • 85'

    Brazil have improved on their performances in the first two games; they have moved in to third gear tonight, which will begin to worry a few of the other nations.

  • 83'

    The Japan fans have cheered their side all the way; despite their early exit, they will be proud of their team's efforts in this tournament.

  • 83'

    BRAZIL SUB: Dida has been replaced by Rogerio; Brazil give a run-out to their reserve goalkeeper for the remainding 10 minutes or so.

  • 82'

    GOAL! Ronaldo gets his second of the night - and his 14th in World Cup final history, equalling Gerd Muller at the top of the all-time tournament scoring charts - with a beautiful 25-yard curler.

  • 82'

    It was always going to be tough for Japan to qualify from this group, but they have given it a good shot and will exit the tournament with pride.

  • 81'

    Japan have been completely out-played, but they have stuck at their task well tonight.

  • 80'

    News from the other game in the group - Australia have equalised against Croatia; that means they will progress with Brazil, if things stay as they are.

  • 79'

    Ronaldo has got his goal, which will ease the pressure on him, but it has been another lacklustre performance.

  • 77'

    Japan are starting to look tired now; they have expended a lot of energy chasing the ball in this second half.

  • 76'

    Robinho is brought down by Alex; this time Juninho takes the free-kick short, rather than opting to shoot.

  • 75'

    The tempo of the game has really slowed now; Brazil are knocking the ball around without any great ambition.

  • 74'

    Japan have worked very hard tonight, chasing down the ball when Brazil have knocked it around; they must be getting tired now.

  • 72'

    Brazil opt to rest two of their brightest stars in Ronaldinho and Kaka for the final twenty minutes or so; those two will have tougher assignments than this later in the tournament.

  • 71'

    BRAZIL SUBS: Ze Roberto and Ricardinho come on to replace Kaka and Ronaldinho.

  • 69'

    BRILLIANT! Robinho ghosts past two or three defenders before trying to find Ronaldo, six yards out, with a low cross; the chunky striker doesn't read it though, and the ball runs harmlessly out of play.

  • 68'

    Gilberto Silva's back-heel almost finds the run of Kaka as Brazil start to play some ole-football.

  • 67'

    JAPAN SUB: Takahara can't continue, and is replaced by Oguro.

  • 67'

    Japan have played some smart football on the occasions they have got in to the Brazilian half.

  • 67'

    Takahara is back on the pitch, and moving freely enough.

  • 66'

    GOOD SAVE! Kawaguchi is doing his best to make up for his error on the Juninho goal as he turns a fierce Robinho shot around the post for a corner.

  • 65'

    Takahara has been taken from the field on a stretcher; he is receiving treatment on what seemed to be a twisted knee.

  • 64'

    Takahara is down on the turf, writhing around, holding his knee - he looks in quite a lot of pain.

  • 63'

    As it stands, Croatia and Brazil will progress from Group F - if scores stay as they are.

  • 62'

    JAPAN SUB: Maki off, Takahara on; a striker for a striker.

  • 61'

    That was Gilberto's first international goal, an excellent finish from the left-back.

  • 60'

    GOAL! Gilberto runs on to Ronaldinho's pass down the left channel, cuts inside and drills a low shot inside the far post.

  • 59'

    Japan are having a bit more of the ball now as Brazil sit back and allow them to play in front of them.

  • 58'

    News from the other game in the group - Croatia have re-taken the lead against Australia.

  • 57'

    JAPAN SUB: Koji Nakata comes on, to replace Ogasawara.

  • 56'

    RONALDO! Gilberto's cross from the left is met by Ronaldo, but Kawaguchi saves on his goal-line.

  • 55'

    Kawaguchi has dropped a clanger there; it was a well-hit shot, but the little keeper should definitely have turned that around the post.

  • 54'

    GOAL! Juninho slams a fierce shot past Kawaguchi from 30 yards; the ball moved wickedly in the air, but the keeper should certainly have done better.

  • 53'

    Japan have finally managed to get hold of the ball in the second half, though Tamada is caught off-side.

  • 52'

    SO, SO CLOSE! A brilliant passing move ends with Ronaldinho setting up Ronaldo, but the chunky striker side-foots wide from 12 yards out.

  • 51'

    With Australia currently drawing with Croatia, it looks unlikely that Japan will progress from the group stage - however, a draw with Brazil will be quite some feather in their cap.

  • 50'

    ...Juninho takes it again, but his cross is too close to the goalkeeper.

  • 49'

    Inamoto's clumsy challenge leaves Robinho on the floor. Free-kick to Brazil...

  • 48'

    Brazil have a long spell with the ball, but Japan have got a lot of players back and Brazil can't create anything.

  • 47'

    It has started raining in Dortmund; that will quicken up the pitch and help Brazil's passing.

  • 46'

    No changes at half-time, and Brazil kick off the second half.

  • 46'

    FULL-TIME: Brazil look a little relieved to be going in level; there is a hint of a smile on the face of Ronaldo as he takes the monkey off his back and heads down the tunnel.

  • 45'

    RONALDO! GOAL! Ronaldo gets the equaliser, his 13th goal in World Cup finals football, a header from four yards out.

  • 44'

    Left-back Gilberto is booked for a body-check on Kaji as the Japanese player tried to go around him on the right.

  • 43'

    The Japanese fans are loving this; they are screaming on their heroes at every opportunity.

  • 42'

    If Japan can get in at half-time in the lead, that would be a real shock. If they can get to full-time with the lead - well, I'll eat my hat.

  • 41'

    RUBBISH FINISH! Ronaldinho breaks through the middle; Kaka is free to his right, Ronaldo to his left, but the Barcelona man opts to shoot - and does so, straight at Kawaguchi.

  • 41'

    GREAT TACKLE, SON! Inamoto slides in and nicks the ball off the boot of Ronaldo, who had bulldozed his way through a couple of challenges on the edge of the box.

  • 40'

    Kaji is booked for a challenge that leaves Robinho writhing around on the grass like a little girl.

  • 39'

    As it stands, Japan would need another goal and hope Croatia and Australia draw - I think that would mean Japan go through.

  • 38'

    Australia have equalised in the group's other game - this is getting complicated.

  • 37'

    IN TWO MINDS! Cicinho sends a cross-shot over the crossbar after finding space in the right of the penalty area.

  • 36'

    How will the gerat Brazil respond? I don't know; stay here, and we'll find out together.

  • 35'

    What an upset we could have on here; one of the biggest in recent World Cups, for sure.

  • 34'

    What a goal that was; a cracking finish by the striker! Brazil have been stunned here.

  • 33'

    GOAL! JAPAN! THE NEW BRAZIL! Alex finds Tamada in the area; he turns and fires in a stunning shot in to the top corner.

  • 32'

    GOOD TURN! Kaka feeds Ronaldo in the area; he spins his man beautifully, but then scuffs his left-foot shot.

  • 31'

    Japan are doing okay, considering all the pressure they have been put under; they are working hard in defence, and occasionally threatening on the break.

  • 30'

    Ronaldinho's ambitious one-two with Kaka almost comes off, though Nakazawa intercepts.

  • 29'

    This has been a much better performance so far from Brazil; there has been a lot more energy - especially from Ronaldo, who looks a lot sharper than in previous matches.

  • 28'

    Brazil win another corner when Kaka's cross is deflected behind.

  • 27'

    CRUCIAL HEADER! Ronaldo manages to hoist his hefty frame off the ground as he eyes Cicinho's cross, but Tsuboi gets a crucial touch to flick the ball away from him.

  • 26'

    Gilberto Silva id working hard in a defensive midfield position for Brazil; he is doing much of the 'ugly' work that allows the more showy players to play around him.

  • 25'

    NERVY MOMENT! Kaji gets to the by-line and sends a cross to the near post; Gilberto Silva sticks out a leg and intercepts, the ball dribbling agonisingly wide of the post and out for a corner.

  • 24'

    GOOD DEFENDING! Nakazawa does well to hold off Robinho as the little pup skips past a couple of men and in to the penalty area.

  • 23'

    SWEET VALLEY HIGH! Ronaldo holds the ball up before laying off to Juninho; the Lyon man smashes in a stunning shot, but somehow Kawaguchi tips it over the crossbar.

  • 22'

    Cicinho and Ronaldinho combine brilliantly down the right wing, but the full-back's cross is over the head of the waiting Ronaldo.

  • 21'

    Kawaguchi has already made a couple of wonderful saves; he looks like he is going to have his work cut out tonight.

  • 20'

    NICE SAVE! Ronaldo holds off a couple of challenges in the penalty area before digging out a shot; Kawaguchi turns his effort around the post.

  • 19'

    Ogasawara spots the run of Tamada in to the penalty area, but his cross is too high and Dida collects.

  • 19'

    Japan have occasionally found pockets of room around the Brazilian penalty area; there are signs that they could create a chance or two.

  • 18'

    RUBBISH! Kaji finds himself yards of space down the right; he has time to measure his cross, but with three to aim for, he over-hits it.

  • 17'

    There are some early signs that Brazil are going to put on a real show here; they are absolutely tearing Japan apart.

  • 16'

    JOGA BONITO! Robinho and Kaka combine wonderfully; Robinho's shimmy earns himself a yard of space, but Kawaguchi tuns his shot over for a corner.

  • 15'

    SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER! The ball is worked to Inamoto 30 yards out, but the former West Brom player blasts his shot high.

  • 15'

    RUBBISH! Juninho takes the shot on - and fires a rocket 30 yards over the crossbar.

  • 14'

    Juninho is fouled by Nakata as the Lyon midfielder skipped past him, 40 yards from goal. Too far to shoot, surely...

  • 13'

    Robinho is certainly a perky little player; he is scampering around in the final third like a playful little puppy.

  • 12'

    GOOD EFFORT, YOUNGSTER! Robinho skips past a challenge before firing in a left-foot drive which Kawaguchi turns around the post for a corner.

  • 11'

    The Japanese fans seem to be enjoying themselves enormously; they are singing along, waving novelty toys, and generally having a wonderful time.

  • 10'

    HIT THAT! Kaka cuts inside from the left wing, but his right-foot shot from 25 yards flies a few yards over the crossbar.

  • 9'

    Nakata seems to be playing in quite a deep position, attempting to direct operations from just in front of his back-four.

  • 8'

    UNLUCKY, FATTY! Ronaldo benefits from a nice pass from Ronaldinho; he does a couple of stepovers to earn himself some space before driving a shot goalwards; Kawaguchi saves at his near post.

  • 7'

    It has been a quiet start in Dortmund; Brazil have had a lot of the ball and look, as always, very comfortable in possession, but they haven't managed to fashion anything as yet.

  • 6'

    Brazil have looked functional, but little more so far this tournament - is tonight the night they finally explode? Stay here, readers; you might just find out...

  • 5'

    Croatia's early goal should give Japan heart - now, all that stands between them and the second round is five-times champions Brazil... Easy.

  • 4'

    There's been a goal in the group's other game - Croatia have taken the lead against Australia.

  • 3'

    There are plenty fans of both nations in the stands tonight; it would be about a 50-50 split, if my math is up to scratch.

  • 2'

    Kaka shows some nice touches down the right before sending over a low cross which Kaji clears.

  • 1'

    Japan have to beat Brazil and hope Croatia defeat Australia in the other Group F match to keep alive their hopes of reaching the knock-out stages.

  •  

    HERE WE GO! Japan kick us off in Dortmund.

  •  

    Hi there, friends; welcome to our coverage of Japan's final Group F game - against the mighty Brazil.

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Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Japan

  • 9(3)

  • -

  • 9

  • 37%

    63%

  • Brazil

  • 24(16)

  • -

  • 5

Brazil

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Dida
G
12 Ceni Rogerio

D

3 Lúcio

D

4 Juan

D

13 Cicinho

D

16 Gilberto Melo

M

8 Kaká
M
11 Jose da Silva Junior Ze Roberto

M

10 Ronaldinho
M
20 Luis Ricardinho

M

17 Gilberto Silva

M

19 Juninho Pernambucano

F

9 Ronaldo

F

23 Robinho
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 22 Júlio César
G 12 Ceni Rogerio
D 2 Cafu
D 6 Roberto Carlos
D 14 Luisão
D 15 Cris
M 5 Emerson
M 11 Jose da Silva Junior Ze Roberto
M 18 Mineiro
M 20 Luis Ricardinho
F 7 Adriano
F 21 Fred

Match Stats

  • Japan
  • Brazil
9(3) Shots (on goal) 24(16)
9 Fouls 5
3 Corner kicks 11
4 Offsides 0
37% Time of Possession 63%
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
12 Saves 4
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