Full-time

Brazil

3 - 1

Ivory Coast

Group G

18:30 +00:00, June 20, 2010

FNB Stadium, South Africa

Referee: Stephane Lannoy

Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

  • 93'

    For the full low-down on all of the action check out our match report.

  • 93'

    ESPN's John Brewin at Soccer City Stadium: That turned into an exciting and incident-packed second half. The horns are blaring for good measure. Time for a mercy dash to get clear of that racket. Pressure on Portugal now.

  • 93'

    As for Ivory Coast, they have just one point and could do with a draw from Portugal v North Korea tomorrow.

  • 93'

    Brazil claim three points with another accomplished performance to stay top of Group G and have booked their place in the next round.

  • 93'

    Well the game really came to life in the second-half with three goals, a controversial red card and bit of a scrap.

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    That's it. The final whistle blows. Brazil win 3-1.

  • 93'

    ...Alves gets his effort on target but it is straight at Barry in the Ivory Coast goal.

  • 93'

    Brazil have a freekick in Dani Alves territory - 30-yards out....

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    ESPN Stats & Info: Kaka's red card was the first for Brazil in the World Cup since Ronaldinho was sent off versus England in 2002.

  • 91'

    Brazil make a change to waste some time. Robinho goes off and Ramires comes on.

  • 90'

    Keita hooks the ball across the face of the Brazilian goal and Cesar punches it clear.

  • 89'

    Kolo Toure hits the ball long towards Drogba, but Lucio reads the pass and heads it clear.

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    Luckily for Kaka it was a second yellow card so he will just miss one match - Brazil's final group game against Portugal.

  • 88'

    He is off! Very harsh, it was all down to some play acting by Keita. Disgraceful.

  • 87'

    Kaka is shown a second yellow card.

  • 87'

    Keita is down holding his face. He ran into Kaka's shoulder and there was nothing at all in it.

  • 87'

    There is a fight breaking out!

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    Elano goes down in pain.

  • 85'

    Toite gets booked for a late swipe at Fabiano.

  • 84'

    Kaka gets booked for nudging Keita off the ball.

  • 83'

    ESPN's John Brewin at Soccer City Stadium: The loudest cheer of the night for Drogba's goal. He's clearly a real African hero. That Brazil defence, it's by no means impregnable, is it? That goal could be vital in group terms.

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    Alves runs at the IC defence. He pretends to shoot, but the defender isn't fooled and makes a great tackle.

  • 81'

    Gervinho has made a big difference for the Ivory Coast, but it is surely too little too late.

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    Elano celebrates with team-mates.

  • 79'

    It all came from Gervinho's run. He passed it back to Yaya Toure, who crossed for Drogba to head in.

  • 79'

    GOAL Drogba heads it from the penalty spot.

  • 78'

    Gervinho runs the length of the pitch on the break. He can't score but holds up the ball...

  • 77'

    Brazil attack at pace with some slick passing. It only breaks down when Alves attempts a cheeky back-heel.

  • 76'

    It's foul after foul now by IC, who seem to have lost all discipline. Kaka is getting angry, as is Dunga on the sidelines.

  • 75'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Kaka is the first player with two assists in one game during this tournament.

  • 74'

    It's another studs up challenge by an IC player and another bad foul.

  • 74'

    Bastos has been caught by Keita. The latter gets booked.

  • 73'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Luis Fabiano's brace is the 35th two goal or more performance by a Brazilian player in the World Cup, which is the most all-time by any nation. Germany is second all-time with 27. Ronaldo has the most braces in Brazil's history with four.

  • 72'


    Brazil celebrate after number two.

  • 71'

    Eboue goes of for Ivory Coast. On comes Romaric.

  • 71'

    Eboue loops in a corner that goes over everybody and goes out for a throw.

  • 70'

    IC are 3-0 down and still Drogba seems to be the only player in the box. He wins a corner.

  • 69'

    Maicon nutmegs Tiote and runs at goal. He fires off a curling shot that bends wide of the far post. The trick are coming out now for Brazil.

  • 68'

    ESPN's John Brewin at Soccer City Stadium: So much for my predictions. I am afraid it is just about all over for African teams unless the North Koreans pull off a miracle tomorrow. Brazil, while never flowing, are a machine. Only unbeaten Confederations - CONMEBOL and Oceania...

  • 68'

    IC make a change too. Kalou goes off and Keita comes on.

  • 67'

    Elano goes off to get some treatment and Dani Alves comes on. Elano is on his feet on the sidelines so the injury might not be too bad.

  • 66'

    Brazil are going to make a change.

  • 65'

    It looks a bad one. The replay makes it look worse and that could be a fractured leg for Elano.

  • 65'

    Elano slides into a tackle with Tiote, who leaves his foot in and catches the Brazilian.

  • 64'

    Demel wins a corner off Bastos. The defender protests but IC have a chance to put the ball in the box. But it is a poor corner.

  • 63'

    It was an easy finish, but a great run from Elano. Kaka with another assist.

  • 62'

    GOAL Elano strikes! Finishing off a cut back from Kaka.

  • 61'

    Robinho and Kaka combine on the edge of the box. Kaka's shot stings the hands of Barry, but doesn't beat the keeper.

  • 60'

    ESPN's John Brewin at Soccer City Stadium: Drogba's second glaring miss of the tournament. His being on the field reminds me of Sven playing clearly unfit stars in both Beckham and Rooney.

  • 59'

    Maicon passes inside. Elano attempts a shot from 30-yards that goes well wide.

  • 58'

    Gervinho makes a great turn in midfield and runs at the defence. He tries to go all the way himself but over-runs the ball. He looks like a dangerman though.

  • 57'

    Kalou fires the ball up to Drogba, who spins Lucio, but is incorrectly flagged offside.

  • 56'

    A scrappy affair in midfield at the moment.

  • 55'

    Gervinho comes on for Dindane.

  • 54'

    IC are trying their best to get back into this game.

  • 53'

    Dindane delivers the first good cross to Drogba, who heads back across goal and his effort goes just wide.

  • 52'

    ESPN's John Brewin at Soccer City Stadium: Great goal by Luis Fabiano. Though FIFA have stopped short of showing the replay twice because the crowd booed a possible handball. Maicon, meanwhile, is still limping. They have Dani Alves but that is a worry for Brazil.

  • 51'

    It was all of his own making. Fabiano pulled off a double sombrero (a suspicion of hand-ball on the second one) and then smashed it in.

  • 50'

    GOAL Luis Fabiano strikes again!

  • 48'

    Maicon rolls around on the floor trying to get Tiene booked. It wasn't even a foul.

  • 48'

    Lucio steps out from the Brazilian defence to break up another IC attack.

  • 47'

    Gervinho, the forward who was dropped to accommodate Drogba, is warming up on the side lines.

  • 46'

    The teams are out and ready to go for the second-half. Brazil get us underway, kicking from right to left.

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    Another Fabiano celebration shot.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: Brazil have never lost a game when leading at half-time, and have only failed to win twice. The two draws were with Czechoslovakia in 1938 and Switzerland in 1950.

  • 45'

    Meanwhile, Jayaditya Gupta has been Investigating North Korea - rivals in Group G

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    There is much to do for Ivory Coast, but at least they are not in as much trouble as France, who have a mutiny on their hands. Catastrophe for Les Bleus

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    Comment from Dale Johnson: We expected this to be a great game but, just like the Ivory Coast-Portugal game, it has been pretty dull. But it does mean Ivory Coast surely have to come out and attack or face an early exit from the finals for a second successive time.

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    For Brazil, Melo has bossed the midfield. Kaka, who did provide the assist for the goal, could do much better.

  • 45'

    Didier Drogba looks very rusty up front for Ivory Coast. Eboue has been their best player, breaking from midfield.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: In five World Cup matches, Ivory Coast have never scored first. Greece are the only other team in the 2010 World Cup who have also never scored first in a World Cup match.

  • 45'

    That is the final action of the half. Brazil lead 1-0 at Soccer City.

  • 45'

    Kaka is eased off the ball by Yaya Toure. IC break, but Bastos makes a great tackle in his own penalty area to win the ball.

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    Fabiano celebrates

  • 44'

    Brazil are happy to keep the ball at the back as half-time draws near.

  • 43'

    Alright lads let's get the game underway!

  • 42'

    Tiene is down holding his face and the ref blows the whistle to stop play. I bet he will be fine in a second.

  • 41'

    Dindane gets behind the Brazil back four for the first time... but the flag is up for offside.

  • 40'

    Eboue picks the ball up in midfield. He drives towards goal, looks up and smashes a shot that goes just wide. A good effort.

  • 39'

    Drogba has had to feed on scraps so far. The IC really need to get him the ball if they want to get back into this match.

  • 37'


    Robinho celebrates as the Fabiano's shot hits the back of the net.

  • 37'

    Demel with a better cross this time. Drogba waits and appeals for a hand-ball as Juan clears the danger. It wasn't hand-ball.

  • 36'

    Demel has space to cross from the right. His delivery is too near Cesar, who collects the ball at his near post.

  • 35'

    Kalou twists and turns to get away from Maicon. Melo joins the battle from the centre of midfield and makes a good tackle.

  • 34'

    Brazil are playing at a slow pace and then suddenly spring to life with a burst of pace.

  • 32'

    Bastos clips a pass into the box for Kaka. The forward leaps but can't get his head on the ball.

  • 32'

    Bastos clips a pass into the box for Kaka. The forward leaps but can't get his head on the ball.

  • 31'

    Brazil have a freekick, but Dunga wanted the ref to play the advantage. The moment has gone and IC have time to get back in defence.

  • 31'

    Brazil have a freekick, but Dunga wanted the ref to play the advantage. The moment has gone and IC have time to get back in defence.

  • 30'


    Kalou takes a tumble.

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    Kaka on the run.

  • 28'

    Drogba and Lucio are trying to out do each other in the 'pretending to be injured' awards.

  • 27'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Brazil has now scored in 24 consecutive group matches at the World Cup.

  • 26'

    ESPN's John Brewin at Soccer City Stadium: Maicon again the man to most impress. He's got the measure of the Ivorian left flank. I was just going to say that Luis Fabiano looks frustrated but what do I know? That finish had shades of Landon Donovan against Slovenia.

  • 25'

    Kaka, who had done nothing, danced his way through two tackles before slipping the ball through to Fabiano, who had seen none of the action. A goal from nowhere. But a good one!

  • 24'

    Fabiano latches onto a Kaka through-ball and lashes the ball into the roof of the net.

  • 23'

    Well, so far, this isn't the exciting game we were all hoping for.

  • 22'

    Kalou turns Maicon too easily, but Lucio is quick to cover and tackles the IC forward.

  • 21'

    Kaka gives the ball away again. Robinho is dropping deep to try and get into the game.

  • 20'

    Elano takes the corner. IC goalkeeper Barry plucks the ball out of the air under no pressure at all.

  • 19'

    Elano's clever dummy sets Maicon free on the right, but his cross is too deep. Brazil win a corner though.

  • 18'

    After a pinball session in the IC penalty box the ball falls to Gilberto, who blasts a half-volley over the bar.

  • 17'

    IC with some great build up play. But Toure's forward pass to Kalou is too hard to control and the move breaksdown.

  • 16'

    Robinho dances around the ball for no reason... but the crowd love it.

  • 15'

    Eboue delivers from the left. His freekick is supposed to be a cross but it looks like it might just creep in until Cesar punches it clear.

  • 14'

    Eboue crosses to the far post. Lucio heads half clear and then fouls Drogba in his attempt to sweep up.

  • 13'

    Drogab obviously hasn't been watching footage of this World Cup as he attempts to score from a freekick 30-yards out. Needless to say, he doesn't.

  • 12'

    ESPN's John Brewin at Soccer City Stadium: A bloodless affair so far save for that Robinho effort. The American students next to me are gossiping away and overusing the word 'like'. Budweiser is being supped.

  • 11'

    Eboue cuts in from the flank and wins a freekick from his former Arsenal team-mate Gilberto.

  • 10'

    Lucio and Maicon, both defenders, are in the IC half trying to make something happen.

  • 9'

    A slow start by either side here. The teams are still testing each other for a weakness.

  • 8'

    Tiote clips the ball into the box for Drogba. Juan heads clear.

  • 7'

    Demel brings the ball forward, he ignores a good run outside him, turns inside and then loses the ball. Poor decision making there.

  • 6'

    Kaka is caught in possession. Demel probes the right flank for IC but it comes to nothing.

  • 5'

    Kalou beats his man in midfield. He plays a through-ball for Drogba, but again there is too much on the pass.

  • 4'

    Brazil keep the ball at the back. Lucio brings it forward. Robinho's touch is too heavy and IC win possession.

  • 3'

    ...his delivery is far too long and the ball goes out for a goalkick.

  • 3'

    Drogba's first contribution is poor but Eboue wins a freekick. Tiene will launch it into the box...

  • 2'

    Dindane drives forward after a few passes at the back for Ivory Coast. But it comes to nothing.

  • 1'

    Kaka launches the first attack. Robinho takes over and chips a shot from 25-yards that isn't too far over the bar.

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    Ivory Coast get the game underway. Kicking from right to left.

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    So Ivory Coast will wear a Celtic style kit and Brazil are in their normal yellow and green strip.

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    The captains shake hands and swap banners. Drogba is sporting an odd green and white hooped number.

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    ESPN's John Brewin at Soccer City Stadium: Didier Drogba received the biggest cheer when his face appeared on the big screen. I will stick my neck out and predict a draw here.

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    Kolo Toure is belting out the Ivory Coast national anthem. Kalou is stern faced.

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    Here we go with the national anthems. Plenty of singing in the Brazilian ranks.

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    The vuvuzelas are buzzing as the players wait in the tunnel. They emerge to massive cheers.

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    ESPN Stats & Info: Ivory Coast's goalless draw with Portugal marked the first time they had failed to score in a World Cup game; though it was also the first time they had kept a clean sheet.

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    Didier Drogba will start, and not only does he carry the hopes of all of Ivory Coast, but the whole of Africa too. Can he deliver?

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    ESPN Stats & Info: Brazil have won all five of their previous World Cup matches against African teams, keeping a clean sheet each time in the process.

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    Brazil will virtually secure their place in the next round with victory tonight and we can expect them to go all out to do so.

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    ESPN's John Brewin at Soccer City Stadium: I find myself at the very, very back of the stand among a highly youthful audience for one of the most expected matches of the group stage. Africa's pride is at stake though a chap near me is fully swaddled in an England flag. Brave man. Foolish man.

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    Brazil coach Dunga will stick with same XI that beat North Korea 2-1 in their opening match.

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    Ivory Coast manager Sven Goran Eriksson has decided to start Didier Drogba against Group G leaders Brazil.

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    Join us at 18.30 GMT to see if Didier Drogba can make the difference against Brazil.

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