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WORLD CUP ROUNDUP

Ronaldo converts equalizer

Ronaldo found his goal-scoring touch to finally give Brazil the kind of convincing victory many expected to be routine in this World Cup.

Ronaldo scored twice to tie the all-time record with 14 career World Cup goals and Brazil clinched Group F with a 4-1 victory that eliminated Japan last night in Dortmund, Germany.

With its second-round berth already secured, Brazil fielded five reserve players and got goals from two of them, Juninho and Gilberto. But it was Ronaldo who was the star in Brazil's record 10th straight World Cup win.

``I'm very happy with my performance, with the two goals and with Brazil's victory," Ronaldo said. ``Now it's time to rest and think about the Round of 16."

He tied the game at 1 with a header a minute into first-half stoppage time. Ronaldo scored his second goal in the 81st, with a right-footer from 20 yards after a setup by defender Juan.

The first goal moved him past Pele as Brazil's all-time scoring leader in the competition and the second tied the record held by Gerd Mueller of Germany.

Brazil will play Ghana in the second round Tuesday.

Australia 2, Croatia 2 -- Harry Kewell scored from close range to give Australia a draw in Stuttgart, Germany, and send the Aussies into the second round.

Croatia took the lead in the second minute on a free kick by Dario Srna. Craig Moore equalized for Australia with a penalty kick in the 39th minute after Stjepan Tomas handled the ball in the box.

Croatia went up again in the 79th minute on a goalkeeping blunder by Zeljko Kalac, who started for regular goalie Mark Schwarzer. Croatia captain Niko Kovac shot from about 20 yards and the ball rolled over Kalac's hands.

But Kewell put home a short shot off a scramble in the area, and Australia was headed for a matchup with Italy Monday.

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