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Brazil 3 - 1 Ivory Coast

by Jon Lymon (U14413570) 20 June 2010
Date:
20 June 2010
Venue:
Johannesburg
Competition:
World Cup
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Ah, they'll always get a reaction out of the armchair fan, the Brazilians. An 'ooo' if they're under performing. An 'aaa' if they turn it on a little bit and remind us of Brazil circa 70, 82, 94, 98, 02 etc etc. Today was an 'aaa' with some goals that pleased the eye and some passes that delighted the other eye. Sure it got a little spicy towards the end as the tackles went flying in. But by then, we'd seen enough to know that this Brazil team could go all the way. Even without Kaka, who was sent off for moving his arm, fractionally and without aggression, into a body part of an Ivorian who then pretended it was his head. Bless.

Another defeat for an African team though. Sven seemed as reluctant as ever to change things, even when 3-0 down. Some things never change (mainly Sven's tactics during a game). In his defence (and he deserves a defence as he was a good England manager) he was probably focused on damage limitation in the hope his team will twonk North Korea in the last game, while Brazil put away the Portuguese. But if life teaches us one thing, it's never rely on other people. And if it teaches us another, it's always make time to watch Brazil.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

comment by db (U2503720)
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I know that they can't change the score, but it would be great if the could reto-actively "red card" Fabiano!
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Why would they red card him when a 'deliberate' hand ball is only a yellow card offence.

It looked to me as though the ball rolled down his shoulder and may have touched his upper arm which I'm not sure you could really claim as a deliberate hand ball. The rules state the palyer must intentionally move his hand (including any part of arm) towards the ball it looked to me like the ball rolled off of his shoulder onto his upper arm, certainly not deliberate. Mis control perhaps but I don't think it was deliberate therefore the ref cannot give it.


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db,
Believe it or not, I am quite familiar with the rules. I would like to "red card" cheaters, and he clearly cheated. Fabiano knew what he was doing, as did Henri against Ireland. I would also like to see divers "red carded" and not "yellow carded" as was the Brazilian "diver" today. This guy simply shrugged his shoulder when given the card as if to say: " OK Ref. you caught me". A less vigilant ref. might have given a penalty!
Fabiano clearly controlled the ball with his upper arm before shooting. Hopefully this will come back to haunt Brazil in a later game.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

in my humble opinion most of the red cards have been a joke (cahill, kewell, kaka), the refereeing has been abysmal and these are supposedly the best in the world????

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posted Jun 21, 2010

i hope portugal thrash brazil because the brazilians are cheats handballing,diving running at the referee waving there arms for a yellow card. well what goes around comes around i am afraid as rivaldo dived and got the turkish sent off for the most ridiculous thing and so brazil deserve it

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posted Jun 22, 2010

the red card for the incident with keita was unwarranted........ but kaka was guilty of diving 3 or 4 times in the first half and did not win free kicks, so should have seen yellow.

add that with the genuine yellow and he should have been off earlier. no case

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comment by Zd911 (U14528766)

posted Jun 22, 2010

Mr Goldblum do not attack the so called "third world countries and the people that live there. We are as competant as anyone and to err is Human. In my opinion KAKA was correctly sent off and The Ref mad a mistake by awarding Fabianos goal But it is a game and mistakes are bound to happen

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posted Jun 22, 2010

wake up and smell the roses ron, kakas and most of the reds have been rubbish

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comment by qjh (U14498581)

posted Jun 22, 2010

I find it hard to understand the English media and fans. Why is there no backlash against Luis Fabiano and Brazil for the handball goal? Why are English fans so reticent? They didn't (and still don't) hesitate to crucify Diego Maradona.
Time for Brazil to be punished!

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