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Brazil reaches quarter-finals of Olympic soccer

AC Milan star Ronaldinho scored two second-half goals Sunday to lead Brazil to a 5-0 rout of New Zealand in the Olympic soccer tournament in Shenyang, China.

AC Milan star Ronaldinho scored two second-half goals Sunday to lead Brazil to a 5-0 rout of New Zealand in the Olympic soccer tournament in Shenyang, China.

By virtue of their win, the Brazilians, who sit in first place in Group C, earned a spot in the quarter-finals.

Ronaldinho scored his first goal of the competition with a free kick in the 54th minute, and added another from the penalty spot seven minutes later.

Anderson opened the scoring less than three minutes into the match.

Alexandre Pato scored in the 34th minute and Rafael Sobis added another goal in second-half injury time to keep Brazil on track for its first gold medal in Olympic soccer.

Belgium 2, China 0

Moussa Dembele scored early and Kevin Misallas added another goal in the 80th minute over a depleted host squad..

China was down to nine men after  captain Zhi Zheng and Wangsong Tan were sent off for fouls.

Belgium is second in the group ahead of a match against New Zealand. China's hopes are dim with the powerful Brazilians next .

Italy 3, South Korea 0

Italy advanced to the quarter-finals with an easy win over the South Koreans.

American-born Giuseppe Rossi opened the scoring, with Tommaso Rocchi and Riccardo Montolivo also finding the mark.

South Korea will need a big win over Honduras in their final match to have any hope of advancing over Cameroon in Group D.

Cameroon 1, Honduras 0

In Qinhuangdao Midfielder Stephane Mbia scored in the second half Sunday to lift Cameroon to a 1-0 victory over Honduras.

Mbia scored in the 74th minute when he smashed a low driving shot past Honduras goalkeeper Kevin Hernandez.

The win gives Cameroon four points in Group D and keeps the team's quarter-final hopes alive. Sunday's loss was the Hondurans' second and knocks them out of the tournament.

United States 2, Netherlands 2

Gerald Sibon scored on a free kick in injury time to help the Dutch salvage a draw with the Americans.

Ryan Babel opened the scoring for Netherlands in the 16th minute before the U.S. took the lead on second-half goals from Sacha Klejstan and teenager Jozy Altidore.

The U.S. will play Nigeria on Wednesday and can advance with at least a draw.

"I'm still really bummed," said midfielder Robbie Rogers, who plays for the Columbus Crew in the MLS. "That's the best I've seen us play."

The U.S. roster includes two players from Toronto FC, Marvell Wynne and Maurice Edu.

Nigeria 2, Japan 1

In Tianjin, Victor Obinna scored one goal and set up another to lead Nigeria to a 2-1 victory over Japan on Sunday.

Victor Anichebe also scored for the Africans. Second-half substitute Yohei Toyoda scored for Japan in the 79th minute.

The victory gave Nigeria four points in Group B with one game left, while winless Japan has virtually no chance of advancing to the next round.

Argentina 1, Australia 0

In Shanghai, Ezequiel Lavezzi scored in the 78th minute to guide Argentina to a 1-0 win over Australia.

With the win Argentina, the reigning Olympic champions, booked its spot in the quarter-finals.

Côte d'Ivoire 4, Serbia 2

Sekou Cisse, Salomon Kalou and Gervinho scored for the winners, who also benefited from an own goal suffered by Serbia.

Serbia, which never led in the contest, got goals from Miljan Mrdakovic and Djordje Rakic.

Côte d'Ivoire can advance to the quarters with a win or draw in their last match of the opening round, against Australia.

With files from the Associated Press