Archive for Monday, June 21, 2010

Brazil bullies Ivory Coast at World Cup

June 21, 2010

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— Luis Fabiano scored a pair of goals and Elano added another as Brazil beat Ivory Coast, 3-1, Sunday to earn a spot in the second round at the World Cup.

Fabiano scored his first goal in six matches for Brazil with a powerful right-footed shot in the 25th minute. He added to the lead in the 50th with his left foot from near the penalty spot after beating two defenders inside the area.

The victory gives Brazil six points from two matches and left the Africans with one point and in difficult position to advance. Portugal and North Korea play today.

Italy 1, New Zealand 1

Nelspruit, South Africa — Defending champion Italy was held to a second 1-1 draw, this time by lowly New Zealand in the latest World Cup stunner.

The 78th-ranked All Whites took the lead after only seven minutes of the Group F match when Italy’s 36-year-old captain Fabio Cannavaro made a horrendous error, handing a goal to Shane Smeltz.

Paraguay 2, Slovakia 0

Bloemfontein, South Africa — Enrique Vera and Cristian Riveros scored, and Paraguay beat Slovakia to move closer to advancing at the World Cup.

Playing with a three-man front line spearheaded by Roque Santa Cruz, Paraguay controlled the tempo from the start at Free State Stadium.

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