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BRAZIL BLANKS EL SALVADOR; NETHERLANDS, KOREA WIN

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Bebeto scored on a penalty kick and set up two other goals as Brazil beat El Salvador 4-0 Sunday at Fresno, Calif., in its final World Cup warmup.

Brazil, seeking its fourth World Cup championship, but first since 1970, will play Russia on June 20 at Stanford Stadium in the first round. The 24-team tournament is being hosted by the United States for the first time.Showcasing an aggressive, ball-hawking offense, Brazil dominated possession in the Salvadoran zone in the style it hopes to duplicate in the tournament.

Brazil outshot El Salvador 18-3 and goalkeeper Zetti needed to make only two saves - none in the second half - for the shutout.

Rai put in a header off Bebeto's centering pass in the 62nd minute for Brazil's final score in the game, played in 95-degree heat before a crowd of 13,210 at Fresno State's Bulldog Stadium.

Rai also assisted on Zinho's goal in the 50th minute, sending him a crossing pass from the right that Zinho knocked in for a 3-0 lead.

Brazil went on the offensive at the outset and Romario misfired on two early chances, both kicks going wide to the left of the net. In the ninth minute, he got his third chance and converted to put Brazil up 1-0.

Also on Sunday, the Netherlands beat Canada 3-0, while Sweden played Romania and Colombia met Palmeiras of Brazil in night games.

Netherlands 3, Canada 0

At Toronto, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars and Frank Rijkaard scored first-half goals in the final warmup for the Dutch.

Canada, playing its fifth game in 12 days, appeared tired. The second half was played in a steady downpour, slowing the pace.

Bergkamp scored in the seventh minute when goalkeeper Craig Forrest allowed a rebound of Overmars' shot. Overmars streaked in from midfield six minutes later, faking a pass to Bergkamp before beating Forrest for a 2-0 lead.

Rijkaard scored with eight minutes to go in the first half on a shot that just skidded by the foot of defender Randy Samuel.

With Norway's top two goaltenders nursing shoulder injuries, the team's plump spokesman and its lanky captain were pressed into service during a spirited half-field scrimmage at Princeton, N.J.

"They shoot hard. From time to time I was suffering from a little anxiety," said captain Rune Bratseth, a defender, after his stint in the goal.

"Bratseth will have nightmares tonight," joked reserve goalie Frode Grodas, who took it easy during Sunday's practice after receiving a shot of cortisone, a drug used to treat inflammations. Bratseth, of Germany's Werder Bremen, limited his running due to a sore thigh.

Despite levity in the camp about Bratseth and team spokesman Kjell Borgersen making debuts in goal, Norway's first World Cup team since 1938 remained concerned about tendiitis that has pained star goalie Erik Thorstvedt for several months.

Thorstvedt, a 31-year-old who plays for England's Tottenham Hotspur, emerged from the locker room after a very light practice with an ice pack on his right shoulder.

"As long as I don't provoke it. It's fine," said Thorstvedt. He dismissed questions about starting in Norway's opener against Mexico on June 19 in Washington.

"It's not game day yet," he said. "And I know I can play with the injury."

At Santa Cruz, Calif., the Russian soccer team is trying to seal itself off from reporters and fans.

Tight security surrounds the Chaminade Conference Center overlooking Santa Cruz, where the Russians are staying. No cameras or photographers are allowed during practice at nearby Cabrillo College.

"We want peace and quiet," said Nikita Simonyan, Russia's manager. "We don't want reporters or fans bothering us while we prepare for the important opening match."

Russia opens World Cup play on June 20 against Brazil at Stanford Stadium. Group B also includes Sweden and Cameroon.

Despite missing four stars who refused to play for coach Pavel Sadyrin, the team is cautiously optimistic.

"No one should underestimate us," forward Sergei Yuran said, defying the team's self-imposed ban on interviews with reporters. "We can manage at least a tie against powerful Brazil."

Teammate Oleg Salenko has an idea how the game will go.

"The match will be tough, not very nice to watch," he said. "It will end 0-0 or 1-1."

South Korea forward Hwang Sun-hong, a veteran of 1990 World Cup, was injured in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Honduras and will be sidelined for at least two days.

Hwang, 26, hurt his left knee in a tackle with Naham Gonzales. Both received yellow cards.

South Korea also said Sunday that No. 1 goalkeeper Choi In-young, another veteran of the 1990 World Cup, is recovering from an injury sustained in the June 5 game against Ecuador and may be ready for the team's opener against Spain on Friday night.

At Daytona Beach, Fla., Belgium coach Paul Van Himst received a four-year contract extension.

"The past three years haven't been that bad. We got into the World Cup, so why not go on?" said Van Himst, who took over the Red Devils in May 1991.