World Cup: Ronaldo to increase scoring record

Brazil had to work for its 3-0 win over the Black Stars, who pressured enough to create chances but kept shooting either just off the mark or well within reach of goalkeeper Dida.

“Today’s game was as we expected,” Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said. “It wasn’t easy and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy, 3-0 seems easy, but it wasn’t.”

The Brazilians used long, penetrating passes to build each of its goals, but Ronaldo’s tournament-record 15th was the only one it would need. With its 11th straight tournament win, Brazil took another step toward a fourth straight World Cup finals, and next faces France in a rematch of the 1998 final.

On the counterattack, Kaka sent a second long pass up the heart of the field to an unmarked Ronaldo, who touched the ball once toward Richard Kingson, then sent the goalkeeper flailing with a brilliant stepover move. Ronaldo cut left, and with a defender closing, popped the ball into the net.

Ronaldo said he never intended to break the World Cup scoring record - it came to him, according to the AP.

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