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Brazil 2, Belgium 0

June 17, 2002

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KOBE, Japan (AP) _ Four-time champion Brazil defeated Belgium 2-0 on Monday with second-half goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldo, advancing to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Like Brazil, Rivaldo was shut down for much of the match by a determined and stubborn Belgium team. But in the 67th minute he scored a goal worthy of the World Cup stage.

Taking a long pass off the right wing from Ronaldinho, Rivaldo took the ball on his chest, touched it with his left foot and spun to face the goal. He let it bounce once and shot from 18 yards out, the ball finding the net after deflecting off Belgian midfielder Timmy Simons’ foot.

It was Rivaldo’s fourth goal of the World Cup.

Twenty minutes later, Ronaldo scored his fifth goal of the tournament, taking a pass from the wing on a counterattack and scoring from 10 yards away on a low, hard shot that got past goalie Geert De Vlieger.

Brazil, the only Latin American team left in the tournament, faces England on Friday in Shizuoka, Japan. Spain, England, Senegal, Germany and the United States had already reached the quarterfinals. The final two spots will be decided Tuesday.

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