PEEEEEEEP PEEEEEEP PEEP – Game over. Brazil are through to the next round. Ivory Coast have it all to do against North Korea.
94:00 – Fabiano wins a free kick and rolls around theatrically. He is forcefully helped by the Ivorians and shows his displeasure in being helped.
91:00 – Lovely cross that gets headed across goal that Julio Cesar acrobatically pushes clear.
3 minutes of added time
87:00 – Total meltdown by both teams as fists fly as Keita runs into Kaka. Ref is conned and gives Kaka another yellow and his marching orders. Not the ref’s fault but Keita should be embarrassed.
85:00 – Argy Bargy going on
79:00 – GOOOOOAALLLL – Drogba – Gervinho runs from one penalty box to another but he is finally cut off, comes back, passes it Yaya Toure and he sends a beautiful ball to an unmarked Drogba who easily heads it into the net. Brazil 3 – Ivory Coast 1
72:00 – Ivory Coast lack any creativity right now, however a long range effort is well saved by Julio Cesar.
65:00 – Elano gets caught in a nasty challenge and needs to be stretchered off. Dani Alves comes in to replace him. Keita now comes on for Kalou.
63:00 – GOOOOOOALLLLL ELANO. Terrible defending by Ivory Coast as Kaka runs to the byline and cuts the ball back for Elano as Zakora is caught ball watching and the Brazilian midfielder easily slots it home. Brazil 3 – Ivory Coast 0
62:00 – Brazil back to their Joga Bonita best as they have an inter change of exquisite passing but the final ball is shot straight at Barry.
54:00 – Drogba gets a free header but sends it agonizingly wide. The Chelsea man should have done better.
50:00 – GOOOOOOOOOOAAALLL – LUIS FABIANO. A breakdown in the Ivorian defense as he brings the ball down and dribbles around several defenders maybe touching the ball a couple of times with his hand and fires it into the back of the net. Brazil 2 – Ivory Coast 0
PEEEEP. Second half underway.
Halftime. Bit of a snoozefest. Ivorians play is reflective of their managers personality. Boring, dry and lacks imagination.
43:00 – Ivory Coast are not playing like they’re a goal down. They’ve lost their excitement and verve from the opening minutes.
41:00 – Dindane finds himself offside. He should have done better as there was no reason for him to be that aggressive.
37:00 – Ivory Coast maintaining more possession and a cross gets sent in that is one timed but straight into Julio Cesar’s arms.
31:00 – Tiene gets a yellow card for not sure what. ESPN’s super slow could have been used as a preview for a romantic movie between two men of two different races.
25:00 – GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAL – Luis Fabiano latches onto a beautifully defense splitting ball from Kaka after some lovely build up play with himself, Kaka, and Robinho and sends the shot smashing into the roof of the net. Brazil 1 – Ivory Coast 0
20:00 – Brazil beginning to attack more and win successive corners. On the second one the referee shows how to properly deal with pushing and shoving in the box by stopping play before it happens, talk to the people and then have Brazil retake the free kick.
19:00 – A little bit of pinball action in the Ivorian box but Robinho skies the final ball over.
15:00 – Luicio fouls Drogba. Free kick comes in and is well taken but Brazil clear.
12:00 – Ivory Coast are the better team in the early stages. They’re winning the 50/50 balls and disrupting the Brazilian defense.
7:00 – Both teams feeling each other out, but no real danger on either end.
1:00 – Robinho with an early shot as he spies, Boubacar Barry off his line but his shot is just over.
TWEEEEEET and they’re off.
Ivory Coast wearing a very exciting looking uniform!
Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Juan, Michel Bastos, Felipe Melo, Silva, Elano, Kaka, Robinho, Luis Fabiano.
Ivory Coast: Boubacar Barry, Didier Zokora, Kolo Touré, Siaka Tiéné, Guy Demel, Yaya Touré, Ismael Tioté, Emmanuel Eboué, Salomon Kalou, Didier Drogba, Aruna Dindane
Brazil came up against a stronger than expected North Korean side in their first game but 2 well taken goals ensured they got the 3 points and escaped any blushes.
The “big one” in Group G. Ivory Coast were disappointing in their first round game against Portugal. Drogba has been deemed fit.