Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ronaldo Double Gives Brazil 5th World Cup

ReutersBrazil's Ronaldo celebrating moments after scoring the first of his two goals against Germany in Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday.
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- It was the game soccer had waited 50 years to see, and the show belonged to Ronaldo.

The Brazilian striker teamed up with Rivaldo to melt a steely German defense, scoring a pair of second-half goals that lifted the South Americans to a 2-0 win and a record fifth World Cup title.

Ronaldo's seventh and eighth goals of the tournament gave him the Golden Boot as top scorer. They also laid to rest doubts about the health of his surgically rebuilt knee -- and gave him some measure of payback for his flop in Brazil's upset 3-0 loss to France in the final four years ago.

"I'm very happy and proud. I dedicate these goals to my family and to doctor Gerard Saillant," said a tearful Ronaldo, referring to the French doctor who performed surgery on his knee that saved the 25-year-old striker's career.

"It's thanks to my family and him that I'm here to celebrate these goals in a World Cup final after 2 1/2 years of suffering and sorrow."

At the final whistle, players danced, wept and knelt in prayer. Ronaldo and Rivaldo hugged and joyously waved a Brazilian flag as a sea of yellow-and-green jerseys seethed and samba drums pounded in a reflection of the party that was beginning half a world away in Brazil.

With a sign in Portuguese saying "People of Brazil, Thank You for the Affection," players paraded before an ecstatic crowd that chanted "Pentacampeao" -- five-time champion.

The "Three R's" -- Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho -- were simply too much for the Germans in the first ever meeting of the two World Cup greats.

Ronaldo punished a rare blunder by German keeper Oliver Kahn, who had conceded just one goal in the previous six games, in the 67th minute and then scored the second in the 79th minute.

Kahn fumbled a shot from Rivaldo and Ronaldo ran clear to prod the ball into an empty net and open the scoring.

The second goal was superbly created, Rivaldo allowing a righ-wing cross from Kleberson to run on to Ronaldo who shot it home.

The result, which sparked wild scenes of celebration in Brazil, meant that the Brazilians are now well clear of their rivals in the list of champions and Germany remains tied with Italy on three. It remains the only nation to win the title away from its own continent.

"They played too good. Maybe we were missing a little bit of luck," said German midfielder Bernd Schneider.

In early action, Kleberson hit the crossbar and Germany's Oliver Neuville had a 35-meter free kick pushed onto the post by Brazilian goalkeeper Marcos.

After Roque Junior had gone into the book in the sixth minute for a foul on Neuville, Brazil had a great chance to go ahead when Thomas Linke carelessly gave the ball away on the edge of his own area, but Kleberson's shot was too weak to worry Kahn.

The Germans answered several minutes later. After top scorer Miroslav Klose had become the second player yellow-carded by Italian referee Pierluigi Collina, Schneider drove in a well-placed low cross that Edmilson turned behind with Klose lurking unmarked behind him.

Another Schneider cross, this time from the left, almost found Klose in front of goal but again the ball was turned behind at the expense of a corner.

Ronaldo should have put Brazil ahead in the 19th minute when he was put clear by Ronaldinho but prodded the ball wide with his left foot.

Oleg Popov / Reuters

Brazil's Ronaldo and Rivaldo kissing the World Cup trophy after the final on Sunday.
Schneider was causing the Brazilian defense problems everywhere and he turned up in central midfield to feed Marco Bode with a well-timed pass only for Cafu, playing in his third World Cup final in a row, to get back and rescue his team with a tackle.

With 30 minutes gone, Ronaldo had his second chance although it was far more difficult.

The Inter star swapped passes with Ronaldinho on the edge of the area and couldn't quite reach the return ball with a clean contact and Kahn raced off his line to gather.

After Jens Jeremies -- replacing suspended Michael Ballack -- fired high and wide from 30 meters, Kleberson had a chance to break the deadlock three minutes before half time but pulled his shot wide of the post.

In the final minute of the first half he got much closer. After Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho had created the opening with some slick passing, Kleberson fired a dipping shot that beat Kahn but came back off the crossbar.

In first half injury time, Roberto Carlos drilled in a low cross from the left, Ronaldo turned past his opponent and fired a powerful left foot drive that Kahn blocked with his leg.

Early in the second half it was Germany's chance to go ahead. Jeremies produced a low header from a corner only for Edmilson to block it and then Neuville fired a 35-meter free kick which the diving Marcos pushed onto the post.

But Kahn came to Germany's rescue again in the 52nd minute when Gilberto Silva climbed to meet a left wing corner and the keeper blocked not only the header but also the follow up attempt.

He was beaten again in the 79th minute, however, when Kleberson passed in from the right, Rivaldo fooled the German defense by running over the ball and Ronaldo stroked the ball into the net from 12 meters.

Seven minutes from time the Germans were defied again by Marcos who dived to his left to push a shot by Oliver Bierhoff round the post.