JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 20: Luis Fabiano (R) of Brazil celebrates with Kaka after scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between Brazil and Ivory Coast at Soccer City Stadium on June 20, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Brazil Clinches Knockout Stage Spot With Fabiano Brace, Kaka Dismissal

Brazil's three points against North Korea came amidst a flat opening match effort. Today they take on an Ivorian team whose spirited play against Portugal may be built-upon by improved health from Didier Drogba.

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VIDEO: Abdulkader Keita Fakes Face Injury By Kaka

The good news about Abdulkader Keita’s absolutely dreadful fake injury that caused Brazil’s Kaka to receive a red card in Brazil’s 3-1 win is that hundreds on Internet folks are hard at work turning his fall into the next great meme. Enjoy the original now and get ready for the “remixes.”


World Cup 2010, Brazil Vs. Cote D'Ivoire: Kaka Dismissal Overshadows Dominant Brazil Win

Brazil's easy 3-1 win over Cote d'Ivoire will be overshadowed by late match petulance that lead to Kaká's ejection, but having clinched a spot in the knockout stage with their win Sunday, the Selecão can take consolation in being able to rest their star in a match of limited importance.

Luis Fabiano scored Brazil's first two goals, one on each side of halftime, before Kaká set-up Elano for the third.   Didier Drogba would head home a late consolation to give the African continent their first goal in World Cup play against Brazil.  The match would end 3-1 but not before controversy.

A contentious final fifteen minutes saw French referee Stéphane Lannoy hand out four cards, including two to Kaká, who accumulated a second when Ivorian attacker Abdulkader Kieta had into him and fell to the group.  Kaká appeared to raise an elbow to his opponent's chest after Keita made contact, leading the Ivorian to fall to the ground holding his face.  After minutes of confusion, Kaká was finally shown a second yellow, earning him  a suspension for Brazil's next match.

That game will take place next Friday when the Selecão face Portugal, having already qualified for the knockout round.  With six points, Brazil sits atop Group G, with the groups other three teams (Cote d'Ivoire, North Korea, Portugal) on one.


World Cup 2010, Brazil Vs. Cote D'Ivoire: Abdulkader Keita Draws Second Yellow From Kaka

Kaká will be suspended from Brazil’s match Portugal after Abdulkader Keita drew a second yellow card on the Brazilian midfielder, earning him a dismissal and a suspension for Brazil’s third group stage match.

In the match’s 86th minute, Keita had into Kaká and fell to the ground, holding his face. After play was halted amidst some contention posturing between the teams, Kaká as shown a yellow card in the 88th minute.

Combined with the card Kaká received in the 85th minute, the Brazilian was ejected and will serve an obligatory on match suspension.


World Cup 2010, Brazil Vs Cote D'Ivoire: Didier Drogba Header Gets Ivorians On Scoresheet

Dider Drogba has opened his World Cup 2010 account, heading Cote d’Ivoire to their first tournament goal, now down 3-1 to Brazil in the 80th minute.

A run with the ball by Gervinho against the run-of-play collapsed the defense, with the ball eventually played out for Kolo Touré. The defender’s cross into the box saw Drogba running past a flat-footed defense, heading the ball far post past Júlio César for the goal.


World Cup 2010, Brazil Vs. Cote D'Ivoire: Elano's Second Of Tournament Makes It 3-0 Brazil

Elano added the final goal against North Korea, and the Brazilian midfielder may be playing a similar role against Cote d’Ivoire, redirecting him an easy finish in the 62nd minute to make it 3-0.

It was a goal created by Kaká who, near the by line and to the left of the Cote d’Ivoire goal, rolled a ball through the box to seven yards from goal for Elano, who ran to the middle of the area for an easy finish to Boubacar Barry’s left.

It was an easy goal for Brazil, with Kaká meeting little resistance, Elano allowed to may only a lightly contested run to the top of the six.


World Cup 2010, Brazil Vs. Cote D'Ivoire: Luis Fabiano Brace Has Brazil Cruising After 50 Minutes

Cote d’Ivoire had brought Lille starlet Gervinho on at halftime with the hopes of pulling back Luis Fabiano’s first half opener, but the Brazil striker added a second early in the second half to put Brazil comfortably ahead, 2-0.

The goal was a controversial one, though, as a suspected hand ball helped Fabiano shake center backs Didier Zokora and Kolo Touré before the Sevilla-man put another hard shot past Boubacar Barry. The skill Fabiano showed on the ball may have distracted from the handball; regardless, Brazil leads 2-0.


World Cup 2010, Brazil Vs. Cote D'Ivoire: Luis Fabiano Puts Brazil In Front

Luis Fabiano has given Brazil a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute in their match against Cote d'Ivoire.

Fabiano beat Ivorian goalkeeper Boubacar Barry high and to his near post, putting the ball into the top of the next from eight yards out, after Kaká had put the striker beyond the Cote d'Ivoire defense.

In possession just outside the box, Kaká had three Ivorians move to him while Luis Fabiano moved toward the line, just in front of Kaká.  The midfielder fed a pass past defender Kolo Touré, leaving Fabiano alone in the penalty box for an authoritative finish.

The goal cam amidst a match that had been played relatively  even, with Fabiano's the first shot on goal of the match.

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