Ronaldo scored his 15th World Cup goal on
Tuesday to become the tournament's all-time scoring leader. The Brazil
striker scored in the fifth minute of his team's match against Ghana in
the second round of the World Cup. He dribbled past the goalkeeper after
receiving a perfect through pass from midfielder Kaka.
Ronaldo came into the match even with Gerd Muller of Germany with 14
goals. He had scored twice in Brazil's 4-1 win over Japan last week,
surpassing Pele as Brazil's career leading scorer in the competition.
Tuesday's goal was Ronaldo's 67th in 103 matches with Brazil. Pele
scored 95 goals in 114 matches.
Second-round play concludes today at the World Cup with Brazil facing
Ghana and Spain taking on France. The winners will join Germany,
Argentina, England, Portugal, Italy and Ukraine in the quarterfinals on
Friday and Saturday.
Ukraine and Italy advanced yesterday. At Cologne, Ukraine made the
quarterfinals in its first World Cup by blanking Switzerland for 120
minutes, then scoring three times while shutting out the Swiss in the
Goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskyi didn't have to work very hard all night,
especially in the shootout. Two Swiss misses were right at him, the
other went off the crossbar.
Meanwhile, Artem Milevskiy, Serhiy Rebrov and Oleg Gusev hit the net
after Ukraine star Andriy Shevchenko's weak, low shot was stopped by
Switzerland's Pascal Zuberbuehler.
The Ukrainians mobbed each other in a pile after the win.
The Swiss, who did not yield a goal in the entire tournament until the
shootout, were stunned at their lack of marksmanship from the penalty
spot in the first shootout of the tournament.
"We suffered a lot and we're happy to have won for all Ukrainians,"
Shevchenko said. "We do not have the greatest players, but we make up
for that by making sacrifices for each other, by playing with a lot of
For the fourth straight game, Italy struggled against an opponent it was
expected to beat, pulling out a 1-0 win over Australia in the second
round on Monday courtesy of a disputed penalty 12 seconds from the end
of injury time.
Defender Fabio Grosso drew the penalty that Francesco Totti converted on
the last kick of the match.
"The important thing is that the goal came and we're in the
quarterfinals," forward Alberto Gilardino said.
"When a defender enters the area and gets by two men and is taken down
in the area in the 93rd minute and you score a sacred penalty, it's a
sign of something," Italy coach Marcello Lippi said.
The Australians saw it as a sign of poor officiating.
"I just can't believe it, mate," Australian forward Tim Cahill said. "We
play all our lives to be honest on the pitch and to work hard and I
suppose these days you fall over on the pitch and get a penalty, free
kick whatever. It's disappointing.
"I'm furious. It's unbelievable. The luck we've had with refereeing
decisions this World Cup. Everything's been against us."
The odds actually were against the Italians when defender Marco
Materazzi was shown a straight red card for a tackle in the 50th minute,
leaving Italy with only 10 men. But the Italians were used to that,
having played much of the first-round game against the United States
Italy sat back and parried one scoring attempt after another by the
Socceroos for the rest of the game.
"It's never easy defending with 10 men, but even then we showed great
determination. We allowed very little. We played with a lot of heart and
character," Lippi added.
Italy also struggled for extended periods in its opening three games —
scoring late second goals in 2-0 wins over Ghana and the Czech Republic
and failing to capitalize on a man advantage for almost the entire
second half in a 1-1 draw with the United States, which drew two red
"It doesn't matter what you look like in these tournaments, it's the
results that count," Lippi has said repeatedly.