At times, Brazil have been mind blowing when they face Ivory Coast at Soccer City. Luis Fabiano surprisingly opened the scoring to score his first of the game’s two goals when he threw his shot into the top corner of the goal from a very sharp angle to beat Boubacar Barry in the Ivory Coast goal .
At 1-0 the game was still very much in the balance, but Fabiano made it 2-0 after just five minutes of the second half with what seemed like a sublime skill, although after a recovery he was was clearly a double handball. The referee actually asked the striker if he had handled the ball which he of course denied and the goal was awarded.
12 minutes later, Kaka joined Elano and the ex-Manchester City star neatly tucked the Real Madrid All-Star Cross in the bottom corner. At 3-0, Brazil began to change their style. This is when the game started to get messy when the tackle started flying.
Moments after scoring, Elano got injured after a very nasty tackle from Ismael Tiote that left the Brazilian writhing in agony. His match was over and we are awaiting reports on the extent of his injury.
Gervinho’s introduction for the Ivory Coast breathed new life into the African attack and it was energetic play on his part that led Didier Drogba to reclaim a goal from the elephants.
Kaka was once again to be involved in what will likely become the lasting memory of the game. Away from the game, Kaka seemed to raise his arm in Siaka Keita’s chest who touched the ground as if he had caught fire from a dart fired from the game. ‘a Vuvuzela. The Ivorian fell to the ground holding his face (with which Kaka had no contact). The referee, although he clearly did not see the incident, gave Kaka a second yellow card followed by a red one. The Brazilian now risks missing the next match.
We hope that FIFA will examine the evidence and punish the Ivorian for his blatant simulation. It’s unclear whether Kaka’s suspension can be rescinded or not.