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Section 1: Ronaldo's goal -- a third title
June 28th, 2006 2:06PM


Now that Brazilian Ronaldo has the World Cup career scoring record, he says it's time to concentrate on his main goal: win another World Cup title.

Ronaldo's first goal in Brazil's 3-0 win over Ghana gave him 15 in his career, breaking the record he shared with German Gerd Mueller.

"That [the record] was never my goal, it's just something that's happened," Ronaldo said. "I'm happy to have broken this record; for seven World Cups it has not been broken. It's a great satisfaction to make this record, but let's not forget our main objective is to reach the final. The players are very confident and our team is meeting our goals."

Ronaldo was a 17-year-old reserve on Brazil's 1994 World Cup champion team, was famously ill on the day of the 1998 World Cup final that Brazil lost to France and scored both goals to lead Brazil to a 2-0 victory over Germany in the 2002 World Cup final. he scored four goals in 1998, eight in 2002 and has three in four games in 2006.

Ronaldo's record-breaking goal was one of the best of his World Cup career, showing that even if he's carrying a few extra pounds, he's capable of dazzling his opponents.

"I hope they continue falling for my tricks up to the final," said Ronaldo, whose dummy fooled Ghana keeper Richard Kingston in scoring. "I sensed I had to trick the goalie somehow. I figured it would complicate things if I kept the ball too long so I decided to do that dribble."

Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said he never doubted Ronaldo despite heavy criticism from the Brazilian media about Ronaldo's poor performanaces in Brazil's first two games and pleas that he be benched.

"He is a special player and a player for the big moments," said Parreira. "He is going to be key in these games."

Germans aim for bulls-eye

German players have taken classes in watch-making. They've studied Costa Rican culture. Now they've taken archery lessons.

The coach of Germany's national archery team gave the players instruction two days before their quarterfinal against Argentina.

"It's an example of a sport where you need 100 percent concentration," assistant coach Joachim Loew said.
The activities have been part of Coach Juergen Klinsmann's plan to keep his players active but involved in activities more than simply soccer.

Emotions boil over following Grosso penalty

No play at the 2006 World Cup has touched the emotions of commentators and fans across soccer-mad Asia quite like the controversial last-minute penalty that resulted in Italy beating Australia, 1-0, to move into the quarterfinals.

Chinese TV commentator Huang Jianxiang was forced to apologize for his outburst of support for all things Italian after Azzurri defender Fabio Grosso appeared to dive over Socceroos defender Lucas Neill, who was sprawled on the ground, in the penalty area.

"I reviewed the video of the match again and I feel there are some injustice and prejudice in my comment, which have caused discomfort and hurt to the audience," Huang said. "I am familiar with Italian soccer and I hoped that the Italians would gain a berth in the last eight, to make the matches more exciting, but I have mingled my feelings and the role of my job."

A dispute about the penalty ended with one Thai fan killing another. Italian fan Saran Channarong stabbed Australia supporter Rabieb Lukchan twice after Rabieb insisted referee Luis Medina Cantalejo was biased toward Italy in awarding the penalty kick Francesco Totti converted. Saran and Rabieb were reported to have been drinking.

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