|Germany||0 - 2||Brazil|
|(HT: 0 - 0)|
International Stadium Yokohama
Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
|1||30 Jun 2002||Roque Junior||Yellow Card||First Half||6||A|
|2||30 Jun 2002||Miroslav Klose||Yellow Card||First Half||9||H|
|3||30 Jun 2002||Ronaldo||Goal||Second Half||22||A|
|4||30 Jun 2002||Miroslav Klose||Player Out||Second Half||29||H|
|5||30 Jun 2002||Oliver Bierhoff||Substitute In||Second Half||29||H|
|6||30 Jun 2002||Jens Jeremies||Player Out||Second Half||32||H|
|7||30 Jun 2002||Gerald Asamoah||Substitute In||Second Half||32||H|
|8||30 Jun 2002||Ronaldo||Goal||Second Half||34||A|
|9||30 Jun 2002||Marco Bode||Player Out||Second Half||39||H|
|10||30 Jun 2002||Christian Ziege||Substitute In||Second Half||39||H|
|11||30 Jun 2002||Ronaldinho||Player Out||Second Half||40||A|
|12||30 Jun 2002||Juninho Paulista||Substitute In||Second Half||40||A|
|13||30 Jun 2002||Ronaldo||Player Out||Second Half||45||A|
|14||30 Jun 2002||Denilson||Substitute In||Second Half||45||A|
|Brazil star Ronaldo completed a fairytale comeback by scoring both goals as the South Americans defeated Germany 2-0 to clinch a record fifth World Cup and reclaim their place as the kings of football. The injury-plagued two-time world footballer of the year netted in the 67th and 79th minutes to steer Brazil home and spark wild celebrations at the Yokohama International Stadium in an entertaining finale. Ronaldo had only returned to international duty in March after a series of devastating injuries that had threatened to end his career at the age of just twenty-four. In 1998 he had suffered a mysterious seizure just hours before the World Cup final against France, yet controversially played anyway as Brazil plunged to a devastating 3-0 defeat. But Ronaldo's two goals in the final here Sunday laid to rest his nightmare of four years ago once and for all - and also saw him finish the World Cup as top-scorer with eight goals in seven matches to win the coveted Golden Boot.
"It's a fantastic feeling to be a Brazilian tonight," an overjoyed Ronaldo said. "The whole squad has worked very hard. I worked for two and a half years to be here tonight. We are all so happy to have landed this fifth championship."
Ronaldo had helped create his first goal, robbing German midfielder Dietmar Hamann before releasing Barcelona ace Rivaldo near the edge of the German penalty area. With Germany's defence backing off, Rivaldo unleashed a venomous low shot that German captain and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn failed to handle on the slick turf, leaving Ronaldo with the simple task of tapping in. Twelve minutes later Ronaldo put the result beyond doubt with a cracker. Kleberson broke clear down the right and crossed near the edge of the area. Rivaldo's dummy over the ball sold Thomas Linke, and Ronaldo gathered and controlled before drilling a perfectly placed shot past Kahn. Ronaldo was substituted in the final minute for Denilson, leaving the field to ringing applause from the 73,000 crowd, the vast majority of whom had roared on Brazil throughout. At the whistle the Brazilians erupted, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari dancing with joy and mobbing Ronaldo before the team stepped up to the victory podium to receive the famous trophy as the legendary Pele looked on. Captain Cafu - whose selection made him the first man to play in three World Cup finals - stood alone on a raised dais holding the trophy to the heavens as his team-mates celebrated before going on a euphoric lap of honour carrying a giant Brazilian flag.
Cafu later paid his own tribute to Ronaldo.
"He suffered so much for two years. Well done!" the AS Roma wingback said. "We are really happy - it's a great moment."
Brazil's win was also a personal triumph for coach Scolari. Last year he had been accused of betraying Brazil's footballing heritage, favouring a brutal, tough-tackling approach over their more traditional attacking style during an unconvincing qualifying campaign.
"It is a great feeling that Brazil are world champions. I share in the happiness and the joy that the Brazilian people are feeling right now," Scolari said.
"Germany played very physical football and that's what we expected. But we deserved to win.
"We feel joy at knowing we did our job - but it was hard work. Nobody could truly have imagined this," said the 53-year-old.
Scolari's German counterpart Rudi Voller hailed Brazil as worthy champions, saying the individual class of the South Americans had been too much for his side in the end.
"We played very well in the first 35 minutes and we felt we were controlling the game," said Voller. "But as the game went on, we saw their great individual talent, they are so strong in one-on-one situations and in quick passing and that began to give us more and more problems.
"There's no doubt that Brazil are worthy world champions."
Germany had gone into the final as heavy underdogs in what was a first ever World Cup meeting with Brazil. They went close to taking the lead early in the second half, when only some fine goalkeeping and defending denied them, Jens Jeremies' header blocked before Neuville saw a thunderous 30-yard free-kick pushed onto the post by Brazil keeper Marcos. But that was as close as Germany got. Brazil had earlier recovered from a slow start to carve out the best openings of the first half, which saw two players, Brazil's Roque Junior and Germany's Miroslav Klose, booked by Italian referee Pierluigi Collina in the opening nine minutes. Kleberson sent a curling shot from outside the area crashing against the crossbar with Kahn beaten, and Ronaldo's shot on the turn from eight yards was also blocked well by Kahn. Until then Germany had looked the more threatening of the two sides, with the lively Bernd Schneider finding acres of space down Brazil's left-hand flank behind fullback Roberto Carlos. Tackling and hustling the Brazilians tirelessly, Germany enjoyed plenty of possession but it was the South Americans who had the better chances of the half, with Ronaldo seeing three chances go begging. He should have done better when released on the edge of the penalty area thanks to a sweet pass by Ronaldinho, back in the Brazil side after serving a one-match suspension. With Kahn advancing, Ronaldo's finish with the outside of his left foot rolled a full metre wide. Kahn was on hand to thwart Ronaldo again on 30 minutes, getting a hand to the Brazilian's toe-poked effort after another clever pass from Ronaldinho caught out the German defence. But he was to make no mistake after the break, to give Brazil their record fifth title to set alongside victories in 1958, 1962, 1970 and 1994.
(courtesy of dailysoccer)
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