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Brazil 1-0 Croatia
Tuesday, 13 June 2006




A Brazil supporter before the game against Croatia

The wait is over for supporters of Brazil and Croatia as the teams embark on their World Cup adventures

Ronaldinho surges forward for Brazil

And the World Cup holders start brightly with Ronaldinho predictably at the centre of their build-up play

Brazil defender Roberto Carlos

But with 15 minutes gone, Brazil have little to show for their efforts bar a couple of long-range Roberto Carlos strikes

Ronaldo (left) is tackled by Croatia defender Igor Tudor

Although they are creating little up front themselves, the Croatian defence continues to repel the Brazilian attacks

Ronaldinho competes for the ball with four Croatian players

And whenever Ronaldinho goes near the ball, he is immediately surrounded by a plethora of Croatian players

Ronaldo (second left) and Ronaldinho (second right) watch Kaka's strike hit the back of the net

But with half-time approaching Kaka collects a pass from Cafu before firing Brazil in front with a stunning 25-yard strike

Kaka celebrates his goal

The midfielder wheels away in delight after deservedly giving the five-times World Champions the lead

Dado Prso takes on Lucio and fires a shot goalwards

Croatia take the game to Brazil more in the second half and striker Dado Prso forces a save out of Dida

Brazil striker Ronaldo is substituted after a poor performance with 20 minutes remaining

Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira tries to inject some urgency into Brazil's lacklustre display, swapping Ronaldo for Robinho

Croatia fans get behind their team

The Croatia fans sense they may be able to get something from the game and turn up the volume inside the stadium

A Croatia fan bows down at the feet of striker Dado Prso

One fan gets a little over-excited and manages to streak onto the pitch and show his appreciation to Prso

Croatian head coach Zlatko Kranjcar (c), midfielder Niko Kranjcar (r) and Marko Babic leave the pitch after the 1-0 defeat

But the fans fail to lift their side and Niko Kranjcar' heads over the bar late on to sum up a frustrating evening for Croatia

Over 500,000 fans watched Brazil beat Croatia on a large screen near the Brandenburg Gate

For the Brazilians, the party has started - and ticketless fans were among 500,000 watching on a large screen in Berlin



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