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June 19, 2006

Australia was hard to beat

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Brazil had to fight really hard to beat Australia. But Adriano and Fred manage to score and gave Brazil a 2-0 to assure their pass to the second stage of the Cup. Adriano notched his first goal of the tournament four minutes into the second half after the South Americans had endured a frustrating first half against Guus Hiddink's team.

Ronaldinho managed the ball in the midfield but he was strongly stopped by Australian players.

Substitute striker Fred wrapped up the win in the 89th minute, rolling home a rebound after a Robinho shot that came back off a post.

Australian substitute Harry Kewell had missed a great chance to equalise a minute after coming on in the 56th minute, shooting over an empty goal after Dida dropped the ball.

Real Madrid´s Ronaldo played poorly and was substituted for the second game running in another generally unconvincing performance by Brazil, who beat Croatia 1-0 in their opening match.

It's important to say that Australia, who face Croatia in their last game, have three points while Japan and Croatia have one point each in Group F of the World Cup.