Last Updated at 9:39 pm, June 20th 2010
It's all over. Deserved three points for Brazil, but the headlines that should have gone to Luis Fabiano for his high-class brace - although his second was not without controversy of its own - will no be dominated by Keita's scandalous simulation to get Kaka sent off.
Absolute disgraceful antics from Keita get Kaka sent off. Keita basically runs into Kaka, and then throws himself to the ground clutching his utterly untouched face. Appalling. But the referee, who presumably didn't have a great view of that off-the-ball incident, gives Kaka a second yellow.
Keita goes into the book after catching Bastos with a clumsy late challenge.
Final change for Ivory Coast as Eboue somewhat huffily departs the scene to be replaced by Romaric.
Elano was on his feet after being stretchered off. He's helped off down the tunnel, but the fact he's off the stretcher must be a positive.
A change for Ivory Coast too as Kader Keita replaces Kalou. Again, doesn't really change the shape of the side, but it is by now surely academic anyway.
That looks a nasty one for Elano, just minutes after settling the contest with Brazil's third goal. He's stretchered off, and Dani Alves comes on.
GOAL - ELANO! Another wonderful Brazil goal. They work the ball out to Kaka on the left, he gets to the byline and cuts the ball back for Elano. He's timed his run perfectly and turns it home for his second of the tournament.
Gervinho replaces Dindane for Ivory Coast. Not gung-ho from Sven, it must be said. Like for like.
GOAL - LUIS FABIANO! Even better from Luis Fabiano, who ball juggles his way through three admittedly shoddy Ivory Coast challenges before firing a shot to Barry's left that the keeper can't keep out. Suspicion of handball in the build-up - rather more than a suspicion judging by early replays - but some fabulous skill and a glorious finish. Two moments of Brazilian brilliance from Luis Fabiano have illuminated an otherwise low-wattage game here.
The half-time whistle blows. Not vintage stuff from Brazil for the most part, but they lead thanks to Luis Fabiano's precision strike. Felipe Melo and Gilberto Silva are on cruise control as they keep control of the central third, and it's hard to see Ivotry Coast forcing a way through. Drogba short of ammunition and, surely, fitness.
Brilliant quick feet from Elano, who gets the ball away a good couple of seconds before Tiene comes bumbling in to challenge. Booking for the Ivorian, and he can have few complaints.
GOAL - LUIS FABIANO! From nowhere, Brazil spark into life with a wonderful goal. Robinho and Kaka combine to play Luis Fabiano in, and the Sevilla striker lashes the ball into an almost non-existent gap at Barry's near post. Almost Fabiano's first touch of the match. Superb technique, lovely goal.
Bastos completely misses the ball attempting to clear, but in so doing manages to sell a dummy to the Ivory Coast player pursuing him. So clever, these Brazilians.
Dan from Glasgow reckons Drogba will score the only goal of the game. "Brazil will struggle to get goals as the Ivorians defend really well," he says. Certainly the case so far.
Micky reckons this is going to be the game of the tournament so far. "I go for Kaka to score first and brazil to win 2-0 in a end to end game. And congrats to New Zealand on their draw with Italy today." Let's hope you're right about the quality of the game anyway. Mails on anything that takes your fancy to: Dave.Tickner@bskyb.com
Sky Bet customers aren't worrying about all the upsets, with most of the bets in this one for the Brazilians at 4/6. Drogba's the most popular first goalscorer punt at 8/1. An Ivory Coast win can be backed at 9/2, and the draw's a 5/2 chance. Punters also expect goals in this one, with 'over 2.5 goals' proving popular at 6/5: let's hope they're right.
Ashley Thomas has a prediction for us, and a detailed one at that: "I predict Brazil will have much of the possession but nothing will come of it, Ivory Coast will counter attack a lot eventually putting one in then they will get men behind the ball and attempt to hold out. Final score: 1-0."
If any of you are braver than me and happy to make a prediction for tonight's game, get an email in to Dave.Tickner@bskyb.com.
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