Brazil beat Ivory Coast, reach last 16

Updated: Jun 21, 2010, 23:42 PM IST

Johannesburg: Brazil qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup with a 3-1 win
against Ivory Coast in their World Cup Group G clash at Soccer
City on Sunday, but had star midfielder Kaka controversially sent
off.

Kaka was dismissed for a second yellow card in the final
minutes for pushing Abdelkader Keita, but it appeared the
Ivorian had wildly exaggerated the impact of the shove by
falling to the ground clutching his head.

Sevilla forward Luis Fabiano showed Brazilian flair in
both his goals which takes the Dunga-coached South American
giants into the knockout phase with their final group game
with Portugal still to come.

Midfielder Elano compounded Ivory Coast`s misery with a
well-taken shot on 62 minutes after some great work on the
left wing from Kaka before Didier Drogba scored a late
consolation goal on 79 minutes.

But Elano was later stretchered off the field with what
seemed to be a nasty shin injury.

Chelsea striker Drogba started for the Ivory Coast
despite his broken arm, but the Premier League star was
largely overshadowed as Dunga`s side lived up to their mantra
Joga Bonito - play beautifully - with some Brazilian magic.

With the stadium pitch looking tired for only its fourth
game of the World Cup, the match got off to a slow start in
front of a 84,455 crowd.

The Brazilians opened the scoring when Kaka slotted a
pass between two defenders for Luis Fabiano to blast his shot
high into the net past Elephants` goalkeeper Boubacar Barry on
25 minutes.

The Elephants finished the half on the attack with
Portsmouth forward Aruna Dindane testing Brazil goalkeeper
Julio Cesar, but it stayed 1-0 at the break.

Luis Fabiano again showed his class as his three touches
- with a suspicion of handball - saw him beat three defenders
before rifling his shot past Barry who could only get a glove
to the ball on 52 minutes.

Elano, who also scored in Brazil`s 2-1 win over North
Korea in their opening game, then got in on the act when Kaka
squared the ball from the left wing for the Galatasaray
midfielder to score after an hour.

But within minutes he had to leave the field after a
lunging studs-up challenge from an Ivorian.

Kaita then picked up a yellow card for a dangerous tackle
which clipped the ankle of Michel Bastos on 75 minutes.

Drogba got on the score sheet when he beat Brazil`s
offside trap for an unmarked header which rolled past
goalkeeper Julio Cesar with 11 minutes left.

The game turned bad-tempered as Kaka picked up a yellow
card for a push on Yaya Toure on 85 minutes.

It turned into a red three minutes later when Keita ran
into the Brazilian, who was looking the other way, and then
crumpled to the floor, clutching his face, and the referee saw
it as a foul.

Brazil face Portugal in their final group match on Friday
in Durban, while the Ivory Coast face North Korea in Nelspruit
at the same time.

Bureau Report

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