Sunday, June 20, 2010

Brazil shines as Kaka is sent off in 3-1 victory

A great match, star names, beautiful football, and that little bit of controversy which helps spark the World Cup fever around the world even more. While Portugal will be playing DPR Korea tomorrow, here's the Brazil vs Ivory Coast match report.

June 20, 2010 - Johannesburg, South Africa - epa02213239 Brazil's Luis Fabiano scores the 1-0 lead for his team against Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry during the FIFA World Cup 2010 group G preliminary round match between Brazil and Ivory Coast at the Soccer City stadium outside Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 June 2010.
Brazil - Ivory Coast

This match started with the Ivory Coast pushing for the opening goal, Brazil looked clumsy at the beginning as the Ivory Coast tried to create something. But this didn't last long, in the 25th minute as Brazil were entering their stride, some great passing between Robinho, Kaka, and Luis Fabiano led to the Brazilian striker being played through one on one. From there, Luis Fabiano just blasts the ball into the top of the net over Ivory Coast keeper Barry's head for a wonderful opening goal.

Brazil kept possession throughout the game as they went on to score again with Luis Fabiano in the 50th minute, a true center-forward's goal except with a little bit of Brazilian flair added to it. Fabiano all alone with a high ball played to him, he controls, flicks it over one defender, two defender, and then a left foot volley which Barry couldn't handle.

Then just 12 minutes later Kaka running towards the penalty box cutting in from the left, a simple cut-back allows Elano to come in and tap in a third neat and tidy goal. Wonderful playing from Kaka as he set up Elano, but just minutes later Elano goes into a slide tackle and has his shin stepped on, he's taken off for Dani Alves as he limped towards the treatment room.

Brazil's Elano (C) is assisted after an injury during a 2010 World Cup Group G soccer match against Ivory Coast at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)But the Ivory Coast weren't done, substitute Gervinho with a blistering run all along against two Brazilian defenders eventually finds himself in a corner of Brazil's side, he passes it to Yaya Toure who then chips it for an oncoming Drogba who just has to nod his head for the consolation goal.

But the match wasn't over, Kaka got his first yellow in the 85th minute for pushing and putting his hands on Keita, and then in the 88th Kaka sticks out his elbow just enough to give Keita the chance to dive. The African player is on the floor with almost both teams surrounding him as everyone is arguing and fighting as they push and lay hands on each other. Kaka in the meantime got as far away as he could from the situation, but referee Lannoy made sure that Kaka received his second yellow card as he sent the Brazilian off.

A great match full of controversy, be sure to share your thoughts below about it!

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