Monday, June 21, 2010

Comfortable win for Favourites Brazil

6:30 PM GMT, June 20, 2010
Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa

3 - 1
Ivory Coast

Kaka was controversially sent off as a brace from Luis Fabiano and an Elano strike helped Brazil ease to victory in their battle with Ivory Coast at Soccer City.

Scoring Summary

BrazilIvory Coast
Luis Fabiano (25')Didier Drogba (79')
Luis Fabiano (50') 
Elano (62') 

Man of the Match: Luis Fabiano 


  • Man of the Match: Luis Fabiano - The striker had offered little in this tournament until his 25th-minute thunderbolt put Brazil on their way. There may have been more than a hint of handball about his second but he was the matchwinner nonetheless.

  • Brazil verdict: It was a comfortable victory for the World Cup favourites though they might have expected to be tested more by an Ivory Coast side with plenty of attacking talent. Surely greater challenges await in the coming weeks.

  • Ivory Coast verdict: Dour. There's very little else to say about an African team who some thought could go a long way in this tournament. The manager has to take much of the blame for a listless performance which saw the team only come to life when they were three goals behind.

  • Could do better: Sven Goran Eriksson- After a performance which will be very familiar to England fans, you have to wonder why Eriksson was chosen to spearhead the Ivorians' challenge just weeks after he left League Two side Notts County. No sign of any tactical decision making whatsoever, you have to wonder what was going on in Sven's mind as it went from 1-0 to 2-0 to 3-0.

  • Stat attack: Luis Fabiano's brace is the 35th time a Brazilian player has scored two or more goals in a match at the World Cup, which is the most all-time by any nation. Germany are second all-time with 27. Ronaldo has the most braces in Brazil's history with four.

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