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World Cup: Brazil vs. Ivory Coast (Match Day Commentary)

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Group of Death continues on this afternoon when the Ivory Coast faces a must win situation against five time champion Brazil (2PM EDT ABC/ESPN.COM).

Didier Drogba will start for Les Elephants tonight as they look to get a result against a Brazil side that looked beatable in their first group match against North Korea. As one of the few African sides with a chance to advance to the knockout stages, the hopes of the Ivory Coast and Africa are on the shoulders of the Ivorians tonight. The Brazilians are currently the leaders of Group G after their opening victory will look to assure their place in the second round with a victory over the Africans.

This is Adam Serrano and I will be providing you with commentary throughout this vital match. As always feel free to leave your comments, feelings and analysis in the comment section below. Enjoy the Match!

FINAL – Brazil qualify for the second round with a 3-1 victory. In what was expected to be a back and forth open match was marred by several dark moments. The headlines will go to Kaka being sent off after a clear dive by Keita, but this game featured many violent moments and a hand ball by Luis Fabiano on the game winning goal by the Brazilians. Brazil gave us some moments of brilliance in a ruthlessly efficient performance. The Ivory Coast are now long shots to qualify for the second round and will need a great deal of help to go ahead. 

That's all for me today. Remember to check by on SBI for all your World Cup needs.

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93rd Minute – Alves with a free kick that goes straight to Barry and surely this one is done now.

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93rd Minute – BRAZIL SUB: RAMIRES for Robinho

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92nd Minute – Fantastic clearance by Cesar as Ivory Coast is going for the goal now.

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91st Minute – Three minutes of stoppage.

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90th Minute – Ivory Coast pushing all their numbers forward right now. They like their chances against a 10 men Brazil side.

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88th Minute – SECOND YELLOW FOR KAKA AND A RED! Kaka with an elbow to Keita that was not overly serious. Keita with a lot of rolling on the ground and Dunga is livid. Very poor decision by Kaka to even risk being in that situation.

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86th Minute – We're getting some fighting now. An Ivorian is down and the players are chasing after Kaka.

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85th Minute -  YELLOW CARD for Kaka for a moment of petulance

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83rd Minute – The Ivory Coast are throwing numbers forward looking for that second goal. How big is that Fabiano hand ball now?

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82nd Minute – That play was set up by a beautiful run by Gervinho, who has been a revelation since coming on. He needs to be starting in their final group match against North Korea over the ineffective Kalou.

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79th Minute – Drogba beats the offside trap and scores the first goal by an African against the Brazilians in the World Cup. Can the Ivory Coast make a game of this one in the last 10 minutes?

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79th Minute – GOALLL!!!!! DIDIER DROGBA WITH THE GOAL!!!!! 3-1 NOW

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78th Minute – Who would have thought going into the last Group match that Algeria would have better odds to advance than the Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Nigeria?

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75th Minute – YELLOW CARD: Keita with a raised foot on a challenge on Bastos. Reckless play by the Africans.

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73rd Minute – Its important that the Ivorians continue to push for the goal. They're going to need goal difference if they're going to have any chance to qualify for the knock out stage.

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71st Minute – Last change coming for the Ivory Coast. Romaric, a player that I rated fairly highly coming into the tournament is coming in for Eboue.

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70th Minute – Brazil is not taking their foot off the peddle. Maicon dances around a host of Ivorian defenders and fires it into the side netting.

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68th Minute – Shameful tackle that led to Elano's substitution. The midfielder is now being helped into the dressing room. One would hope that it is merely precautionary.

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67th Minute – BRAZIL SUB: DANI ALVES FOR ELANO / IVORY COAST SUB: KEITA FOR KALOU

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65th Minute – The Ivory Coast will now face an uphill climb to qualify for the second round. It looks like African hopes fall to Ghana.

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63rd Minute – HORRIBLE defending by Tiene. Kaka with a great ball into the area to Elano who lost his defender and coolly put it in.

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62nd Minute – GOAL!!! ELANO!!! ITS CURTAINS FOR THE IVORY COAST!

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61st Minute – SAVE!! BARRY! Robinho feeds Kaka who fires a great shot that Barry saves.

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59th Minute – Nice through-ball by the Kalou but Gervinho is not fast enough to get to it. Clever thinking though by the Africans. 

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56th Minute – Ivory Coast faces a mountain of a climb now. They've given Brazil few chances but the Selecao have been murderously efficient. Can the Ivorians get back into this one.

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54th Minute – IVORY COAST SUB: GERVINHO for Dindane

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53rd Minute – NEAR MISS! Drogba gets a nice cross in, but the header goes just wide of net.

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52nd Minute – Luis Fabiano with some individual skill bringing the ball down. It looks like there may have been a hand ball there, but no protests from the Africans. It looks like Fabiano has rediscovered his South African scoring touch. Be warned.

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50th Minute – GOAL!! LUIS FABIANO!! FANTASTIC INDIVIDUAL EFFORT!

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45th Minute – And We're Back!

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HALF TIME-  The whistle blows for the half. Its been a picture perfect plan for Dunga's men. The Brazilians have not had many chances, but they have been deathly efficient with their one chance so far. Ivory Coast on the other hand has looked sloppy in the final third and Didier Drogba has been invisible for the Elephants. Expect some half time subs as the Ivorians know that they must get a positive result out of this match to have any chance to advance to the knock out stage.

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45th Minute – The Ivory Coast needs to make some changes right now. The offense has stagnated and the players are looking forward to the half time break. Look for Gervinho to come on to liven up the Elephants offense. One minute of Stoppage.

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41st Minute – Eboue takes a laser of a shot from distance and should have earned a corner.

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39th Minute – Back and forth few minutes as the Ivorians look for the equalizer. Wide open contest right now.

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33rd Minute – Ivory Coast are looking a bit tentative now. They're allowing the Brazilians to control possession and take the game to them. Not a smart idea…

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31st Minute – YELLOW CARD for Tiene. A simple challenge, but Dunga goes wild and convinces the Ref to issue a caution.

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28th Minute – A bit of comedy by Lucio. Perhaps the longest fall that I've ever seen after a clip by Tiote.

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26th Minute – Luis Fabiano seems to have heard me there. The ball deflects off Kaka and Fabiano sprints past the Ivorian defenders who inexplicably fall to the ground there and allow him a 1-1 with the keeper. The Sevilla man fires it into a tight angle and Brazil take a 1-0 lead.

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25th Minute – GOAL!!! LUIS FABIANO!! WHAT A GOAL!

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23rd Minute – Fabiano is not looking impressive right now. He's being completely shut down by the strong defense of Kolo Toure. 

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21st Minute – Dreadful corner by Brazil that falls right into the hands of the Ivorian keeper Barry.

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20th Minute – Maicon with a clever if not lucky run that the Ivory coast needs to clear for a corner.

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19th Minute – Sloppy Corner by the Brazilians. They get two chances one by Silva and the other by Robinho but both efforts are off balance and poor.

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18th Minute – Brazil earns a corner off a play by Maicon.

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17th Minute – Ivory Coast dominating the possession right now. They're creating some opportunities but have not had a real chance on goal just yet.

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15th Minute – Great keeping by Cesar right there who punches it out and ends the risk.

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14th Minute – Drogba with a bit of theatrics and the Elephants earn another dangerous free kick.

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13rd Minute – Drogba takes a shot, but the shot goes way over the bar. A little too much on that one.

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12nd Minute – Dangerous spot for a free kick for the Ivorians.

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7th Minute – The Ivory Coast doing a great job of pushing the Brazilians off the ball early, but they continue to lose the ball in the final third.

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6th Minute – Elano gets Brazil in a dangerous position, but a poor touch nearly leads to an Ivory Coast break. Poor touch by a Brazilian? shocking.

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5th Minute – Big fan of those green and white Ivory Coast jerseys. I'm a big fan of the orange strip but those green ones are just sharp.

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3rd Minute – The Brazilians have never lost to an African side and have never conceded a goal either, but they've never faced off against the Ivory Coast and Didier Drgoba.

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1st Minute – Robinho shows some flair right there taking the ball himself but his shot is fired just over the net of Barry. Nearly a dream start for the Brazilians.

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1st Minute – Here We Go!

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PREGAME: Powerful scene as Didier Drogba sings the Ivorian anthem with passion and what it appears are tears in his eyes. Amazing.

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PREGAME:  The teams are on the field and the anthems are about to be played. If you're following along, let me hear from you and who you're supporting today.

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PREGAME: The key for the Ivorians today will depend on if the Africans can stop the overlapping runs of Maicon. Should the Ivory Coast make Maicon ineffective, it may be possible for them to pull out the result here.

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PREGAME: For all those following along, lets hear your predictions? Can the Ivory Coast get the victory or does Brazil have too much talent for the Africans?

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PREGAME: Drogba will be in the starting line up for the Ivory Coast. The nation will need him to have a big game. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Gervinho is left on the bench. Expect the Ivorian midfielder to come on late.

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PREGAME: Here are the Line-Ups

BRAZIL:

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–Robinho———-Kaka———–Elano——–

—-Melo—————————Silva——-

–Bastos—–Juan—–Lucio—–Maicon——

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IVORY COAST:

—Drogba———-Kalou————Dindane—–

—Tiote————Y. Toure———–Eboue——

—Tiene—–Zokora—–K. Toure—–Demel——

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Comments

  1. Ivory Coast played the same way against Portugal. How many times was C. Ronaldo hacked away at? We need more experienced officials in World Cup play. If not, the way this WC has gone, I think we need some type of limited instant replay. I never thought I’d hear myself say that either.

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  2. He’s right you know. Brazil are full of it and the refs follow along. Once into the knock-out stage the “Favorites” will continue to get the ref’s special treatment. It’s been this way for the last 30 plus years, since the Argentina WC in 1978.

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  3. Hi. He has his back tunred and a guy ran straight into him in the open field. How could he avoid it? Stand on the sidelines?

    I agree with Klinsman who said he should have been substituted before and after his first yellow, but how in the world can you blame him?

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  4. Yup. They’re not the samba guys we remember. Argentina and Spain at this moment in time play much more attractive and exciting soccer

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  5. A lot of the Ivory Coast challenges were suspect but more suspect was the Brazilian reaction to the contact. They were taking dives all day and the CIV players were getting pissed. Kaka was an idiot to even be around anyone once he picked up the first yellow. Kaka kept getting into CIV’s faces and Brazilian players kept diving its no wonder that the second a CIV player gets an opportunity to dive that they do. A cheap card but it was deserved nonetheless for the shear fact that it could have been avoided by Kaka.

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  6. I have thought about it a bit and I don’t think you change any game outcomes or try to undo the call or flow of play in the game.

    Review after game and fine and suspend players for clear dives. Not perfect but really some steps in the right direction.

    Arguements I have heard against (including goal line cameras, etc) is that many games are played away from the transparent glare of the TV cameras so you end up with uneven outcomes.

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  7. @ec & jts: You makes sense and something needs to change, but what does FIFA do in the case of the Italy/NZ game? While Tommy Smith had De Rossi’s jersey, he definitely fell easily (dove)after Smith let go. De Rossi can get Smith’s yellow,fine, or suspension, but what about the PK? Can’t take that back.

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  8. Even if Fabiano said, “Yeah. It was a handball.” What’s the ref gonna do? He can’t take the goal away at that point.

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  9. When i was talking, everyone said i was crazy, and yet you were all wrong. The African teams are trash, have been trash, and will be trash for a very long time. They have no discipline and no knowledge of what to actually do with a ball at their feet except run and hit people.

    All these people saying ooooohhhh its Drogba, Kalou, the Toure’s, Eboue…oh please they are sh*t.

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  10. Brazil won this game handily with vastly superior play. But for a three minute sequence from the eighty fifth minute on where the ball seemed stuck in front of their own bench, they began to flop. Dunga egged it on with his petulance. Didn’t really see any tackles too out of line from CIV, even the so called “studs up” challenge from a few minutes earlier looked like he was anticipating a carom from the ball. A foul, but not dirty. Neither side showed honorably as the clock wound down, all I’m saying is that both sides should be equally faulted for the game’s grotesque conclusion.

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  11. This was a true disgrace — by both teams.

    Brazil gets away with two handballs on one goal. Please! And they get away with a lot of other things.

    Yes, the Ivory Coast was diving too. But they were joining in to try to get any call they could.

    FIFA should again be embarrassed. And it is obvious that FIFA plays favorites — Brazil, Italy, Germany. These teams constantly get the calls and act like choir boys. And they are not. Did you see the ref laughing and asking Fabiano about handball. And Fabiano lying about it — saying there was no handball. There is honor among these thieves.

    Kaka probably didn’t deserve the second yellow for that elbow, but on accumulation for all the “stuff” he does during a match is enough for him to be sent off from every match I have watched him play. He IS a dirty player. Talented, but dirty.

    So, why do I bother watching the World Cup? Mostly for group play when you get to see matches like Denmark versus Cameroon. Nice, clean match for the most part. That’s real football.

    Today was a disgrace to the game and FIFA and the World Cup. But you all better make sure that not only the refs and the Ivory Coast are blamed, but also Brazil.

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  12. Exactly. Review the incidents after the game, and if it’s a dive transfer the card from the defender to the diver. If you get a guy sent of by play acting, you should be suspended. That would cut down on a lot of this nonsense.

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  13. I can’t back that. Luis Fabiano dived a couple of times, but Brazil was par at worst for diving. Especially considering all the awful tackles CIV were hammering them with.

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  14. Brazil better be preparing their appeal right now. Keita knew Kaka had a yellow and ran right into him from behind (Kaka wasn’t even looking in his direction) and then fell like he had been shot.

    After they were losing 3-0 they decided to start taking Brazil players out. They already should have had a red from the studs up on Michel Bastos.

    I hope Brazil and Portugal settle on a “gentleman’s” tie and send these diving cheats back home.

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  15. Bad Calls….that should have been a handball on the second goal, and that should not have been a second yellow, Hah i guess things are even.

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  16. If we can get most to agree that flopping is cheating, then it might slow some. Nobody wants to be a cheater, but somehow think flopping is part of the game.

    Its not- intentional deceit is cheating.

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  17. This TV coverage is realing exposing FIFA.

    I am not for instant replay and changin plays during the game.

    I think for diving, post game reviews and fines and suspensions would have some impact.

    Also, more cards for obvious dives during the game. They did it a few years ago and it seems to have faded.

    2 big ones today- Italy diver for a PK and now the 2nd Kaka yellow. Not the headlines anyone (incl FIFA) wants to see.

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  18. Pretty disgraceful from both sides from the 85th minute on. That red to Kaka was just a taste of the medicine for Brazil though.

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  19. Horrible game all around. Play and behavior of IC was unfathomable. Eriksson manages to make IC look like a team with no talent. Good job!

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  20. And Drogba is smiling post game? Oh yeah, he got his goal.

    I’m really bitter, letting this crap slide only rewards the cheats. Ginger Lalas on point and entertaining again post-match, he’s having a great World Cup.

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  21. FIFA has to stop pretending like refs are Gods. This ref blew it on carding Kaka, who was chased by the IC player. Kaka jus placed his arm up to his side and the guy dives. Time for FIFA to step up and say when refs blow calls. I doubt it will happen.

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  22. Granted that running into an elbow that you didn’t see can take you down but clutching your face is disgraceful. Flopping is bad but faking injury is simply cheating.

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  23. With cheating so common, how can FIFA not have the ref check the video before ejecting a player. Props to Martin Tyler for calling it out, “the not-so-beautiful game, I’m afraid”.

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  24. That flop was reminiscent of Mazzerazi’s dive in the last World Cup Final. sad that we won’t get to see Kaka next game. A ref was conned, yet again

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