Brazil breeze past Venezuela 5-2, fans invade pitch
Kaka and Ronaldo hit two goals apiece as
Brazil hammered Venezuela 5-2 on Saturday in a World Cup qualifier twice
interrupted by fans going on to the field to hug the visiting players.
Adriano added the fifth goal as the world champions stayed top of the
10-nation South American qualifying group at the halfway mark of the
competition, with 19 points from nine games.
Venezuela, who grabbed two late consolation strikes through forward
Ruberth Moran, have 10 points.
The first supporter came on to the pitch after Ronaldo had scored
Brazil's fourth goal in the 51st minute and hugged fullback Roberto
Carlos before being pulled away by security men.
Shortly after, another fan, wearing a Brazil shirt, went on the field
and did the same to Ronaldo.
Although Roberto Carlos laughed off the incident, the Venezuelans could
find themselves in serious trouble for the double security lapse.
The first half was even in terms of possession but Kaka's two goals made
the difference. Ronaldo then scored twice in three minutes after the
break to kill off the home team.
"Venezuela don't have the decisiveness we have in attack and that is the
difference, that's why we deserve to win," Brazil coach Carlos Alberto
Parreira told reporters.
Venezuela, who have lost all 16 meetings with Brazil, had hoped to end
their wretched run after enjoying a huge improvement in the last three
years under coach Richard Paez.
Brazil, though, almost went ahead inside a minute when Ze Roberto's shot
was cleared off the line by Luis Vera.
Kaka, who was left out of last month's match against Bolivia after he
failed to take part in an August friendly in Haiti, played a one-two
with Ronaldinho on six minutes, slipped through several defenders and
placed his shot in the right corner of the net.
Venezuela then twice tested Dida with long-range shots. The AC Milan
goalkeeper parried one dipping effort from Juan Arango before tipping
Jose Manuel Rey's swerving free kick over the crossbar.
The world champions always looked dangerous on the break and went
further ahead in the 35th minute when Ronaldo broke clear, rounded
goalkeeper Gilberto Angelucci and slipped the ball to Kaka, whose shot
was deflected in by Rey.
Ronaldo turned in Ze Roberto's 49th-minute cross to grab his eighth goal
of the qualifiers.
Two minutes later, Ronaldo struck again with the help of an Angelucci
blunder. The Real Madrid player burst through the defence and, although
his shot was weak, it slid through the goalkeeper's legs.
Adriano came off the bench in the 68th minute and netted the fifth with
15 minutes left.
Venezuela, who had only scored twice in their previous 15 matches
against Brazil, doubled their tally when Moran scored from close range
in the 80th minute before calmly converting a chance set up by another
Arango run in injury time.
In between, Adriano missed a chance for the sixth when he miscued a
tap-in on the goalline.
10.10.2004 07:04 +0400
MARACAIBO, Venezuela, Oct 9 (Reuters)