World Cup 2010 Group G: Brazil 3-1 Ivory Coast

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Five-times world champions Brazil secured their place in the last 16 of the World Cup with a 3-1 win against Ivory Coast in their Group G encounter in Johannesburg.

Brazil broke the deadlock in the 25th minute as Robinho and Kaká combined to create the smallest opening for Luís Fabiano, who rifled a shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

Fabiano doubled Brazil's lead with a superb individual effort just five minutes from the restart, lifting the ball over three defenders with his left-foot before unleashing an unstoppable left-foot drive past Boubacar Barry.

And Brazil put the nail in the coffin after the hour mark when Kaká laid a goal on a plate for Elano to finish with aplomb.

Didier Drogba scored a consolation goal for Ivory Coast as he headed home a Yaya Touré pass with just over 10 minutes remaining.

But the match was overshadowed by a spiteful finish to the game as Kaká was controversially dismissed for a second yellow card in the final minutes for pushing Abdelkader Keïta.


Brazil: Júlio César; Maicon, Lúcio, Juan, Michel Bastos; Felipe Melo, Gilberto Silva; Elano (Daniel Alves, 67), Kaká, Robinho (Ramires, 90); Luís Fabiano

Ivory Coast: Boubacar Barry; Guy Demel, Kolo Touré, Didier Zokora, Siaka Tiéné; Emmanuel Eboué (Romaric, 72), Yaya Touré, Cheick Tioté; Aruna Dindane (Gervinho, 54), Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou (Abdulkader Keïta, 68)

BrazilIvory Coast
6Shots on target4
5Shots off target4
1Yellow Cards3
1Red Cards0
57Ball possession (%)43

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