Jun 21, 2010
Brazil were too good for the Ivory Coast winning 3-1 in their second round Group G match of the 2010 World Cup at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on Monday.
Brazil sharpshooter Luis Fabiano scored a goal in each half for the South Americans and Elano added another before Didier Drogba grabbed a consolation goal late in the game for the Ivory Coast.
Brazil now has 6 points from two games and is assured of a passage into the round of 16 while the Ivory Coast can still qualify but they face an uphill battle to do so.
Both sides were active early and after testing each other out for a while it was Brazil who had most of the possession.
The South Americans were in control but not pressing on goal very often and the Ivory Coast were playing some good football of their own.
Playmaker Kaka was dispossessed on multiple occasions by the Elephants after he lingered too long on the ball.
Robinho started the move that led to Brazil’s first goal when his pass to Luis Fabiano resulted in a one-two with Kaka on the edge of the penalty box.
Fabiano received the ball back from Kaka and burst into the area to smash a thunderous right-footed shot to the top right of Ivory Coast keeper Barry and into the top of the net, with Barry probably still trying to work out how it got there.
Once the goal came Brazil started to loosen up a bit more and half-time they were 1-0 leaders over the Ivory Coast.
First half rating (Out of 5): Brazil 3.5 – Ivory Coast 3.0
Brazil were on the offensive in the second half and Luis Fabiano struck again at the 51 minute mark when his left-footer was too good for Barry and it was Brazil 2-0 and the Ivory Coast on the ropes.
There was a hint of handball by Fabiano but the goal stood and the Africans did not drop their heads, instead they had an effort on goal shortly after but Drogba’s header went wide of the goal.
Elano got on the end of of a Kaka effort just past the hour to slot home Brazil’s third goal and put the game out of their opponents reach.
Didier Drogba ignited the home crowd with a late headed goal before things hotted up and the referee started to lose control of the game.
In the last few minutes the game erupted when Keita and Kaka ran into each other and Keita threw himself to the ground clutching his face and replays showed Kaka made contact to his stomach and not his head.
Players were pushing and shoving and the game threatened to explode before common sense prevailed and order was restored.
Kaka received a second yellow card for the game and was promptly red carded and sent off.
An entertaining second-half and the game ended 3-1 in favour of Brazil.
Second Half rating (Out of 5): Brazil 4.5 – 3.0 Ivory Coast
Brazil 3 – 1 Ivory Coast
25m Luis Fabiano (Bra)
51m Luis Fabiano (Bra)
62m Elano (Br)
79m Didier Drogba (IC)
31m S. Tiene (IC)
75m A. Keita (IC)
85m Kaka (Br)
86m C. Tiote (IC)
88m Kaka (Br)
Brazil Starting 11
Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Juan, Michel Bastos, Felipe Melo, Gilberto Silva, Elano, Kaka, Robinho, Luis Fabiano
67m Daniel Alves for Elano
90m Ramires for Robinho
Ivory Coast Starting 11
Boubacar Barry, Guy Demel, Kolo Toure, Didier Zokora, Siaka Tiene, Emmanuel Eboué, Yaya Toure, Cheik Tiote, Aruna Dindane, Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou
62m Chris Wood for Rory Fallon
80m Jeremy Christie for Ivan Vicelich
90m Andrew Barron for Chris Killen
Team Game Rating (out of 10): Brazil 8.0 – Ivory Coast 6.0
Brazil were slow to get going but they always looked dangerous going forward and it always looked just a matter of time before they would find the net.
The Brazilians have served notice that they are a serious challenger yet again on their display tonight.
Ivory Coast took it up to Brazil early and they tried their best to be offensive at times but lacked the penetration to hurt Brazil at the final hurdle.
Once Brazil got ahead on the scoreboard and lifted the game tempo the Elephants were unable to keep up but they fought it out well and pulled a goal back late.
Filed Under: 2010 World Cup