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Brazil Beats Australia 2-0


France has played South Korea to a 1-1 draw in Group G, while defending champion Brazil shut out Australia 2-0 and Japan and Croatia played to a scoreless draw in Group F at the World Cup in Germany.

Thierry Henry scored France's first World Cup goal since it won the tournament in 1998 Sunday, as he scored off a deflected pass in the ninth minute in Leipzig. But South Korea answered in the 81st minute, as Park Ji-sung chipped the ball into the net from close range.

Earlier in Munich, Adriano and Fred scored second half goals in a 2-0 win over Australia to help five-time champion Brazil secure a second round berth for the ninth consecutive time.

Brazil joins six other teams - Argentina, Ecuador, England, Germany, Netherlands and Portugal - which have already qualified for the second or "knockout" round.

Earlier in Nuremberg, Japan and Croatia played to a 0-0 draw, leaving both teams unlikely to advance. Despite numerous scoring opportunities for each team, excellent goalkeeping at both ends of the field prevented any goals.

On Monday, Switzerland plays Togo in Group G. There will be two Group H matches, with Saudi Arabia facing Ukraine and Spain taking on Tunisia.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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