Group G game 3 – Brazil versus Ivory Coast

Drogba is starting and is captain for today's game

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!


Line ups

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.

37 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/20 at 11:12 AM

    Glad to see Drogba starting. Hopefully this can live up to the hype and is a good, close game.


  2. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/20 at 11:32 AM

    I think the jerseys IC is wearing today is one of, if not, the best uniform in the WC.


  3. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/20 at 11:56 AM

    That was a great shot on the goal.


  4. Posted by maux on 2010/06/20 at 12:32 PM

    shut up, sven.


  5. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/20 at 12:39 PM

    Great foot and hand work by Luis Fabiano on the goal.


  6. Posted by kaya on 2010/06/20 at 12:46 PM

    French ref… go figure.


    • Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/20 at 12:52 PM

      lol. Did you see him laughing with Luis Fabiano afterward and pointing to the upper arm and then chest? Think he knew he messed up.


      • Posted by kaya on 2010/06/20 at 12:53 PM

        Yeah, the fact he was laughing and pointing to his arm was disturbing. Le sigh.


      • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/20 at 12:56 PM

        I don’t think the ref saw the first hand ball but the second one was in the gray area of shoulder/chest/upper area and it seemed he was talking to Fabiano saying it was close.


        • Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/20 at 1:08 PM

          The 2nd one was off his bicep and it seems the ref was in a decent spot to pick it up, but it’s hard to tell the angles on replays.


  7. Posted by kaya on 2010/06/20 at 12:52 PM

    I think the ref was only too happy to let a double hand ball goal stand. I was afraid this game would go like this.


  8. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/20 at 12:53 PM

    I was just going to ask why Elano took off his shin guardians after the goal and then he gets nailed on the shin. Ouch.


  9. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/20 at 1:09 PM

    A wide open Drogba with his 2nd free header. Should of done with the 1st what he did there; put it in the back of the net.


  10. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/06/20 at 1:12 PM

    This match totally reminds me of a present day Lakers vs Celtics game/playoff series. Boston tries to out-physical the Lakers but in the end there’s just too much skill, talent, and firepower.


  11. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/20 at 1:15 PM

    Can we say the Academy Award goes to Luis Fabiano. This game is getting crazy. Bad acting all around. OMG.


  12. Posted by maux on 2010/06/20 at 1:17 PM

    fight fight fight fight!!!!


  13. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/06/20 at 1:20 PM



  14. Posted by BW on 2010/06/20 at 1:26 PM

    Brazil were giving Italy a run for their money in the flail department. I’m sure lots of ‘non-soccer’ fans will be impressed having seen it all on ABC. Can’t wait for this weeks comments. Sigh.

    On that note – is anyone else becoming increasingly proud of our guys? Sure the performances can sometimes be heart wrenching, but it seems our guys are just a solid group on and off the pitch. Straight up hard workers, classy guys, good team mates. They make me thankful and proud to support the USA!


    • Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/20 at 1:32 PM

      Brazil, don’t forget about IC there at the end. Kaka should not have gotten that 2nd yellow. That was all acting by Keita. Agree, it doesn’t help the casual observer become a fan.

      No off field drama and no on field antics, gotta love the US and any team not named France, England, or Italy (diving).


      • Posted by The Goche on 2010/06/20 at 2:31 PM

        I have no problem with Kaka getting the yellow. I wish we lived in a world where Kaka could get the yellow and Keita could also get one.

        Sure Keita is looking for a foul, but it looked to me at the time that Kaka did foul him (ESPN3 doesn’t have the replay up yet so I may think differently on further review). Kaka timed his “protective” motion at just the right time so that an elbow happened to hit Keita in the chest.

        What makes the dive look so bad is that he covers his face like an idiot (though the somewhat meta moment of the guy pulling a Rivaldo against Brazil did make me laugh). If he just fell and didn’t make such a show of it, I think we’d all agree he was looking for a foul, but I think we’d also agree Kaka obliged.

        I think Kaka was more than willing to make a big dumb foul there, and Keita knew it. Kaka was antagonizing Ivory Coast players all day, and you could tell he was on edge. Keita took advantage of his lack of control. So I don’t feel bad for him one bit.

        But it does make me sad that Keita and the reffing make the game look bad.


        • Posted by s44 on 2010/06/20 at 2:39 PM

          Brazilian diving had already gotten a couple of IC yellows, so what comes around goes around.

          Plus, yes, Rivaldo.


        • Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/20 at 3:13 PM


          Kaka may have been antagonizing Ivory Coast players all day but he finally got the first yellow. The second came 3 minutes later and there was nothing wrong with what Kaka did there. I’m all for players getting cards, and they needed to be handed out earlier in this came, but for that play he doesn’t deserve the second yellow, IMO.

          If you go to soccernet, they have gamecasts for all the games played so far and video of goals scored and cards given.


    • Posted by T Peterson on 2010/06/20 at 3:28 PM

      BW —

      I turned and said the same thing to my girlfriend after the Ivory Coast player went down clutching his face. This was exactly the sort of game that gets the soccer bashers foaming at the mouth, and unfortunately, it was the high-profile ABC match of the weekend. Ugh.

      Soccer gains a lot of credibility in the U.S. with each World Cup, but all it takes is one big game of face-clutching and rolling around to wipe out a lot of the progress and goodwill. I just wish Americans understood that the diving and writhing have nothing to do with the sport of SOCCER itself, and that it’s more about certain societies and their cultural values. I’m sure the talking heads at ESPN would love to explain that to viewers, but unfortunately it’s a topic that gets into some tricky PC territory.

      At least Martin Tyler and his sidekick (the Efan guy?) went out of their way to criticize it on the air. That helps a little.


    • Posted by Jim on 2010/06/20 at 5:46 PM

      Ummmm, didn’t Jozy dive to get that free kick that had the phantom foul on it?Just sayin diving and crying isn’t exclusive to one team or country.


  15. Posted by Jennifer on 2010/06/20 at 1:27 PM

    JCesar had a great save there at the end. It might come down to GD for IC and Portugal. The 3 legal goals were great. Luis Fabiano’s 2nd goal had great footwork in between the 2 handballs. That got ugly at the end. A few yellows earlier in the game should have taken care of that. Klinsmann was right, Kaka should have been off at the end, with the 1 yellow and how physical it was getting. At least he can’t get injured in the next game and gets some extra rest for the round of 16.


  16. Posted by kaya on 2010/06/20 at 2:15 PM

    Weren’t Zidane and Figo going to do their aftergame commentary? Apparently people were making much ado about them leaving early.
    Ref was terrible, but if video review of some sort were allowed, you wouldn’t have players getting out of control like that.


  17. Posted by Gino on 2010/06/20 at 2:37 PM

    Someone enlighten me please. Is there any post-game review in the WC whereby suspensions are rescinded/administered like in the club game?


  18. Watch Brazil get the benefit of the doubt on the hand-ball, Kaka getting out of the red card ban after the tape viewing, and yet theU.S. will still get screwed out of the third goal. I’m telling you their is clear discrimination from the referees on the U.S. at all of these international cups.

    If Kaka gets out of his match ban, we should raise hell about FIFA not reviewing the tapes and firing the referee and issuing some sort of apology. You sure as hell know we’re not getting our third goal.
    It’s always “Screw the Americans!” Look at 2002 with Germany’s handball and 2006 with Ghana’s
    ridiculous penalty off of Onyewu. FIFA fair play my butt!

    We’ll never get anywhere if FIFA continues to allow this discrimination.


  19. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/06/20 at 3:42 PM

    Also, can someone explain to me why Dani Alves is the first MIDFIELD sub off the bench?


  20. I have to say this whole World Cup has been just crazy. France is pathetic , Italy is decrepit, England
    is full of pansies (I’ll bet Slovenia has the best shot of anyone to knock out a Euro powerhouse just by outplaying them) , the U.S. gets screwed over on a goal by a ref (but that’s nothing new), Spain gets beaten by the nuetral Swiss! (Sepp Blatter is Swiss by the way and just a tad corrupt and ridiculous, coincidence?).

    Brazil, Argentina, and Holland are still looking good (Germany, where did you go?)

    the Reffing has been good at times and deplorable at others (Kaka’s red card, U.S. getting jobbed again, for the third time in the last three WC’s)

    the Jubillanee ball has created a World Cup in which everyone has to walk up right in front of the goal to get it on target (Mr. Fabiano can thank Mr. Donovan for that idea, hit it hard at the keeper’s head!). No panel stitching creates no drag, which creates a ball that has no movement as far as spin or dip but only increases in speed! This basically neutralizes the skills of someone like Beckham or long range bombs by Rooney or Ronaldo with any funk. There have been no goals by free-kicks! Even Messi didn’t do much directionally with the ball in the air. Notice how many shots that seem to go straight to the keepers.

    The only good thing to come out of this tournament so far is that the countries from the Americas are (besides the usual Brazil and Argentine) dethroning the arrogant football monopolies of Europe by playing with heart (Mexico vs. France anyone?) Mexico, U.S., Paraguay, Uruguay ( let’s throw in a little class from the Asian countries and our Kiwi friends!)
    I am however disappointed that the African teams are not playing well aside from Ghana.
    ***But I wouldn’t be surprised if the French just let South Africa score on them by refusing to defend because their were no croissants at the breakfast table*****
    And the Irish get some kharma-like justice.


  21. there were (woops) My English is slipping! get it? haha


  22. By the way did you see the ref smiling at Fabiano and mimicking the hand-ball, he knew it was a handball so why didn’t he call it, corruption anyone? ratings anyone?


  23. Posted by Idihekere okon on 2013/01/26 at 9:20 PM

    Drogba the first african player to score against brasil


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