South American Futbol - Libertadores, Sudamericana, World Cup 2010

Brazil has advanced to the round of 16 in the World Cup

In Brazil’s victory, Luis Fabiano scored twice

At Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday, Luis Fabiano scored twice and Elano added a third goal to give Brazil a comfortable 3-1 victory over the Ivory Coast. Brazil advanced to the round of 16 of the World Cup with one game remaining in Group G as a consequence of the outcome. The Brazilians thoroughly outplayed the Africans, proving they are legitimate contenders to win a sixth World Cup.

Luis Fabiano’s difficult-to-achieve goal in the 25th minute gave Brazil the lead for the first time in nine months. Brazil promptly rushed to the attack after the kickoff.

Dunga’s team remained threatening on offense, but they didn’t increase their advantage until the 50th minute. Luis Fabiano used an arm to get possession of the ball before he finished well by looping it over a few players and into the goal.

In the 62nd minute, Elano scored Brazil’s third goal of the game by squeezing the ball home from close range after Kaka set him up.

Ivory Coast, who were utterly outmatched, used hazardous tackles to frighten the stronger Brazilians. The 84,455 spectators weren’t thrilled by the Africans’ filthy performance.

Elano departed the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a right shin injury, but French referee Stephane Lannoy did nothing to penalize the African players who frequently used aggression to bring down their opponents.

Brazilian superstar Kaka was dismissed in the 88th minute for a second infraction that warranted a booking. Even when the Real Madrid striker barely made contact with Keita, he was given the boot.

After being given a free header in the box in the 79th minute, Didier Drogba scored the equalizer for Ivory Coast.



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