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Luis Fabiano scored a pair of goals and Elano added another as Brazil beat Ivory Coast 3-1 Sunday to secure a spot in the second round of the World Cup with a match to spare in Group G.
In the 25th minute, after a perfect pass between two defenders by Kaka, Luis Fabiano scored his first goal in six matches for Brazil with a powerful right-footer from a difficult angle.
In the 50th, after beating two defenders inside the area, Fabiano doubled the lead with a contentious goal - a left-footer from near the penalty spot. Replays appeared to show Fabiano handling the ball twice to gain control.
In the 62nd, Kaka injected another setup, which Elano connected to score Brazil's third goal.
In the 79th, Didier Drogba scored the lone goal for Ivory Coast with a header. Drogba's goal was the first Brazil conceded to African teams in football's marquee tournament.
Kaka got into an altercation with Kader Keita near the end of the match and was ejected after a second yellow card. Final score: 3-1 Brazil.
Luis Fabiano said, "It's true, the ball really touched my hand and then my shoulder," he said. "But it was involuntary. It was one of the greatest goals I've scored in my career."
Sven-Goran Eriksson, Ivory Coast Coach said, "...It's even more difficult if he's allowed to use his hands. Of course it's hand ball. It's not once, it's twice."
|Luis Fabiano scored a pair of goals and Elano added another as Brazil beat Ivory |
Coast 3-1 Sunday to secure a spot in the second round of the World Cup with
a match to spare in Group G.