Seogwipo, South Korea June 08: Four-time champions Brazil dished out a World Cup masterclass to tournament debutants China here Saturday, turning on the style in a 4-0 thrashing.
Goals from each member of Brazil`s `Triple R` strike-force - Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho - plus a scorching free-kick from Roberto Carlos secured an easy win for the in-form South Americans.
The result leaves Brazil top of Group C and all but guaranteed a place in the last 16 with only a match against Costa Rica to come. China play Turkey in their final game.
China had gone into the encounter anxious to avoid a rout but their worst fears came true in 90 painful minutes as Brazil strolled to victory.
Time and again China were sliced apart by Brazil`s attackers, to the dismay of thousands of Chinese fans inside the Seogwipo Stadium who had hoped for a miracle.
Ronaldo`s goal on 55 minutes completed the scoring, though Brazil had several chances to increase their victory margin throughout the second half.
Rivaldo swept a majestic long ball out to Cafu on the right flank, who danced past his marker before squaring to the unmarked Ronaldo who tapped in from close-range.
The match had been wrapped up long before then, Brazil surging into a 3-0 half-time lead.
They went ahead with a stunning Roberto Carlos free-kick from 25 metres on 15 minutes, the Real Madrid star sending a left-footed thunderbolt rocketing past the diving Jiang Jin into the net.
Though the velocity of the shot gave Jiang no chance, questions will be asked about the positioning of Jiang`s wall, which left a sizeable part of the Chinese goal exposed. It was Roberto Carlos` first successful free-kick since his famous swerving effort against France at the Tournoi in 1997.