This day in history of Ronaldo
DUBLIN (AFP) - World champions Brazil were held to a goalless draw by the Republic of Ireland in an entertaining friendly international in front of a capacity 44,000 crowd at Lansdowne Road.
Both Ronaldo and Ronaldinho missed chances as did the Republic's Tottenham duo of striker Robbie Keane and defender Stephen Carr.
However, it needed some fine saves from Brazil keeper Dida and Ireland counterpart Shay Given to ensure the game stayed scoreless.
Brazil began the match with eight of the side that beat Germany in the final to win a record fifth World Cup in 2002, Dida and midfielders Ze Roberto and Kaka the only exceptions.
And they should have taken the lead in the ninth minute when Ronaldinho, played in by Ronaldo after a strong run by Kaka, shot wide.
But the Republic were far from overawed by their illustrious opponents, playing some neat football of their own and three minutes later they missed a glorious chance.
Graham Kavanagh's corner from the right fell to John O'Shea and from his shot Robbie Keane, inside the six-yard box, trying to turn the ball in weakly kicked it straight at Kaka.
Soon afterwards Brazil lost Gilberto Silva, with the Arsenal midfielder still seemingly feeling the effects of Kavanagh's strong sixth-minute challenge.
But the game really came alive late in the first half after Clinton Morrison wasted a tremendous opportunity.
Played in by an awful defensive header from Edmilson, the Birmingham forward was clean through on goal as he set off from 10 yards inside the Brazil half.
However, with just Dida to beat, Birmingham forward Morrison dragged his shot from outside the box hopelessly wide.
Dida then kept the game scoreless at half-time when he blocked full-back Carr's shot from point-blank range with his legs.
Ireland continued to press forward and in the 54th minute Morrison burst down the right only to see his accurate cross headed over the bar by Keane from six yards out.
But four minutes later Ronaldinho's looping ball left the Irish defence flat-footed only for Ronaldo to shoot over the top of Given's goal.
Industrious Cardiff midfielder Kavanagh then conceded a 61st minute free-kick 25 yards out after he was late with a tackle on Ze Roberto.
That was well within Carlos's range but the renowned dead-ball specialist shot straight at the wall.
Half-time substitute Julio Baptista then played in Ronaldo, who one-on-one with Given saw his shot blocked by the keeper's legs as the Newcastle shot-stopper made his first meaningful save of the match.
Ronaldinho's follow-up shot from outside the box then clipped the crossbar. Moments later Ronaldo was through again but this time Given saved at his near-post.
Late on Keane hit the side-netting when played in by substitute Jason McAteer while at the other end Andy O'Brien's fine block tackle denied Ronaldinho.
World champions Brazil were held to a goalless draw by the Republic of Ireland in an entertaining friendly international in front of a capacity 44,000 crowd at Lansdowne Road.