Kaka red-carded as Brazil humiliates Ivory Coast

2010-06-20 21:11


Brazil 3
Ivory Coast 1

On a day like this, no man expects to be humiliated by his own

son.

But Brazil coach Dunga put Father’s Day pleasantries aside for 90

minutes when he led his charges to a resounding 3-1 victory over Sven-Goran

Eriksson’s Ivory Coast.

Having worked with Dunga while he was still a player at Fiorentina

in the 1988-’89 season, Eriksson regards the Brazil coach as his “son”, but that

did not prevent the protégé from being the one dishing out a football lesson

during the Group G clash.

Striker Luis Fabiano scored 25 minutes into the game, and again

exactly 25 minutes later, before Elano scored Brazil’s 206th World Cup goal in

the 62nd minute.

Though Didier Drogba’s header gave the Ivorian supporters something

to cheer about, it did little in helping them back into the game as Brazil still

took home the full complement of three points in a match that saw Kaka being

red-carded three minutes from the end following an off-the-ball incident.

During the team’s pre-World Cup

camp, Eriksson expressed his worry over his “weak and porous”

defence.

Against the faultless Brazil attack, the Ivorian defence were at

fault again for letting in three goals.

Though the rearguard had somehow proved their coach wrong in a

goalless draw against Portugal in the opening fixture, it was a façade they

could not maintain against the hard-to-contain Brazil.

Other than the defensive troops, Eriksson now has his offensive

unit to worry about after they scored only a single goal in 180 minutes –

despite boasting top names in Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Aruna Dindane.

With Drogba’s hand literally being tied ­– or wrapped in special

Fifa-approved plaster following his injury during a warm-up game against Japan –

his performance was hindered and that left the Elephants’ attack blunt.

The English Premiership top scorer with 29 goals in 32 games is

largely the main source of goals for Ivory Coast, but Drogba has contributed

only once to the team’s World Cup account after two matches.

Ivory Coast went into this game seeking nothing short of an upset,

as they stood little chance against Brazil.

Instead, the West Africans were – as expected – left upset by the

highest-ranked country in the world, with Ivory Coast 27 places below.

It was Brazil’s seventh World Cup clash – and seventh win – against

African opposition.

Ivory Coast’s only consolation – if it means anything to them – is

that they are the first African side to score against the Brazilians in those

seven matches.

With only one point, the West Africans can still make it to the

second round, should they beat Korea DPR in the final game.


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