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Brazil 3-1 Ivory Coast

Luis Fabiano admits handball goal

June 20, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Brazil striker Luis Fabiano has admitted that he handled the ball in the build up to his second goal as the Selecao beat Group G rivals Ivory Coast 3-1 in Johannesburg to book their place in the next round.

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

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Luis Fabiano scored a brace and Elano added another before Didier Drogba netted a consolation goal for the Elephants late on.

The striker, who looped the ball over two defenders before finishing his second goal, said: "It's true, the ball really touched my hand and then my shoulder. But it was involuntary. It was one of the greatest goals I've scored in my career."

Ivory Coast coach Sven Goran Eriksson was livid that the second goal counted.

"It shouldn't have been allowed," Eriksson said. "They got a goal free. That's a 2-0 goal - that changed everything.

"It's even more difficult if he's allowed to use his hands. Of course it's a handball. It's not once, it's twice."

Kaka received two yellow cards late in the game and will be suspended for Brazil's next match, against Portugal. Kaka got into an altercation with Kader Keita near the end of the match.

"It was a totally unjustified sending-off of Kaka," Brazil coach Dunga said. "It was a very complicated game, a very physical game I might add.

"There were many fouls committed and all of us, who love football and desire beautiful football, always ask that the beautiful game is controlled.

"We have to know what is good football and what is not. So when the referee allows certain fouls or certain incidents to go unpunished that is not right, as happened today."

And he sarcastically added: "He (Kaka) was fouled and he was punished... he was given a yellow card. So it seems that the player that commits the foul is not the one given the yellow card, which means he can do it at will. I must actually congratulate that Ivory Coast player.

"We played much better than Ivory Coast and received more yellow cards than our opponents without really having committed any serious fouls. So we are left a little bit in doubt. What do we really have to do not to receive these yellow cards?"

Kaka did not want to talk about the sending off, but complained of rough play by Ivory Coast players.

"It was a tough match," he said. "It got violent in two or three plays there."