BRAZIL 3-1 IVORY COAST Brilliant win for Brazil who comfortably dealt with Ivory Coast's rather subdued threat. They were slow and steady in the first half, with Fabiano's belter livening up proceedings, but it was after the break when the samba style started to come out and resulted in two more excellent goals. Drogba's consolation may prove to be crucial in the final reckoning, but there's little else for Sven's men to cheer tonight. Sadly, Kaka's ridiculous red card ends the night on a low, but if Dunga's side carry on like this he'll have a few more games to play in in this World Cup. Full time at Soccer City, Brazil 3 Ivory Coast 1.
FULL TIME And that's your lot in Johanessburg.
ALVES FREE KICK Forty-yard free kick from Alves but it's into Barry's arms.
LATE CHANGE Ramires gets a minute, replacing Robinho.
CESAR SAVE Keita, who in my mind shouldn't even be on the field, volleys across goal and Cesar has to make a diving save ahead of Drogba.
ADDED TIME We're into the first of four added minutes.
GLOSS OFF And that's taken the gloss off this Brazil win, which, although efficient and not 'classic' Brazil, has included some lovely touches and three great goals.
RED CARD! Well that is shocking - absolutely shocking. Kader Keita, hang your head in shame. He runs into Kaka, who merely hangs his arm at a right angle to protect his body. Keita duly throws his body to the floor, holding his face, and then continues to writhe around in agony. The referee consults the fourth official and shows Kaka a second yellow card. Cheating is not the word - it's much worse than that. Keita should be banned but it's Kaka who will now miss Brazil's last group game against Portugal. Seriously, what a disgrace.
HANDBAGS Well this is silly, very very silly. An off the ball incident has taken place involving Kaka and the Ivory Coast players are furious - Keita is on the floor and everyone is surrounding the referee.
BOOKINGS Few petty squabbles going on here, which has been the case since that bad foul on Elano. Kaka is booked for pushing Keita and then Tiote sees yellow for a late tackle.
BIG DAY Tomorrow will be a very interesting day actually, with Spain looking to bounce back from their shock Switzerland defeat against Honduras. Of course if the Spaniards finish second they will almost certainly face Brazil in the next round. Mouth watering, to say the least.
PLENTY FORWARD Plenty forward for the Ivory Coast - a rarity in this half it has to be said - but Tiene can't get a cross over.
PERMUTATIONS A late comeback seems unlikely but goals scored and goal difference really could be important later this week. If Portugal were to, say, beat Korea 1-0 tomorrow and then lose 2-0 to Brazil, Ivory Coast would only have to repeat the single-goal scoreline against the Asian side to progress. I think.
BRAZIL 3-1 IVORY COAST I should consider a career in fortune telling. Gervinho breaks with gusto, all the way to the Brazil byline. He then plays back to Yaya Toure whose superb clipped cross is glanced beyond Cesar by DIDIER DROGBA. A goal to warm the hearts of many an African.
GOAL DIFFERENCE Of course goal difference could have a big say in the final reckoning, in which case Ivory Coast are doing themselves no favours here. A consolation goal could have added meaning.
BRAZIL THROUGH So Brazil are cruising into the last 16, but who will join them from Group G? The last thing Ivory Coast will want is a Portugal win tomorrow. A draw or a shock win for North Korea will do nicely, before Sven's men take on the Asian minnows on Friday.
BOOKING Keita is late and high on Bastos. A deserved booking and the second unnecessarily strong tackle from an Ivory Coast man in this half.
ALVES SHOT Alves drills a low one into Barry's arms.
FIRST TOUCH Now where's this Romaric chap been for the last 72 minutes? With his first touch he spanks a 25-yarder towards goal, and Cesar has to make a diving save.
IVORY COAST SUB Sevilla's Romaric replaces Eboue for Ivory Coast.
GREAT BATTLE Great battle between Drogba and Lucio, as the striker turns the defender and barnstorms into the area before Lucio gets in a sliding challenge.
OLE The oles come out as Brazil start to tear the despondent Africans apart. The move ends in a Maicon shot from the right of the box which is wide of Barry's left-hand post.
IVORY COAST The disappointing Salomon Kalou is withdrawn for Kader Keita.
ELANO OFF The medical staff waste no time in stretchering Elano off. Might be his ankle actually but either way the Brazilian's night is over. Let's hope his World Cup doesn't go the same way - after two goals in two games he's had a great tournament. Dani Alves is on in Elano's place.
ELANO DOWN The goalscorer is down and in some pain. Elano and Tiote go 50-50 and the Ivory Coast midfielder leaves a foot on the Brazilian's calf. Slow motion replays are difficult to watch and Elano's team mates look concerned.
BRAZIL 3-0 IVORY COAST Game over in Soccer City and it's a very satisfying goal from a Brazilian point of view. Bastos plays down the line to Kaka whose low ball to ELANO is pinpoint - he makes no mistake from six yards. Ivory Coast are being made to look very ordinary.
KAKA CHANCE Kaka, virtually anonymous for the last hour, finally bursts into life and gets on the end of a decidedly Brazil-like move. He shoots from ten yards but Barry parries.
ELANO SHOT Brazil work the ball to Elano, given room 30 yards from goal. It bounces invitingly so the Galatasaray man spanks a half volley - predictably it's over but not by much.
SOLID Very difficult to see a way back into this game for the Africa side now. That Drogba chance was huge but also a rarity. Brazil just look so solid.
HANDBALL Certainly looks like handball for Fabiano's goal - it hits the top of his arm - but take nothing away from the considerable skill involved in taking on Toure and co, before beating Barry with aplomb.
IVORY COAST SUB That's Dindane's last action of the game. He's been replaced by Gervinho.
DROGBA CHANCE Drogba gets his first sniff of goal and is so, so close to scoring. Dindane hangs a cross to the back stick where the Chelsea striker rises and nods back across goal, the ball almost shaving the post.
MANTLE He might just be taking over Ronaldo's mantle here, Fabiano. He certainly possesses all the qualities to do so.
BRAZIL 2-0 IVORY COAST And a star is born. LUIS FABIANO has scored another screamer and Brazil may have just won the game. Ivory Coast just can't win the ball off the Sevilla man who twists and turns into the box, looping over Toure and, after a hint of handball when he brings it down, confidently beating Barry with his left foot.
INSPIRATION? No change in tempo here either. Sven's been here before hasn't he? World Cup quarter finals 2002 - has he inspired his troops this time around?
CHANGES NEEDED So no personnel changes but has Sven tinkered with Ivory Coast's tactics? They've got to do something different to try and break Brazil down.
SECOND HALF No changes at the break and we're back playing again at Soccer City.
HALF TIME Is it just me or should Brazil and Germany swap identities? The Germans wowed us with that wonderful attacking display versus Australia, while Dunga's side continue to frustrate with their rigidity and slow tempo, albeit with one win in the bag and another on the cards here. A disappointing first half with very few chances - let's hope Ivory Coast can make a game of this after the break.
POOR REFEREEING Tiene goes down in an aerial challenge. He stays down but Ivory Coast take a quick free kick trying to catch Brazil out. Dunga's side duly win the ball back and try and launch a counter, but with Tiene in the way referee Stephane Lannoy blows so the left back can receive treatment. Very poor refereeing.
EBOUE SHOT Eboue shows initiative, advancing to the edge of the box before driving yet another long shot off target. We must be in the thousands for this tournament alone - how often have keepers been tested from range so far?
WATCHFUL Dindane tries from range now, but his bouncing effort is no trouble for a watchful Cesar.
SHOT BLOCKED He has more joy this time with a low ball to the penalty spot, where Dindane's first time shot is blocked. Soft appeals for handball but nothing given.
SMOTHERED Gilberto Silva and Felipe Melo are smothering everything Ivory Coast have to offer in midfield. With no success there the Elephants work it wide right to Demel, but his poor cross is down Cesar's throat.
STYLE OR SUCCESS? It may not be the silky samba style we all love to watch, but Brazil are winning with ease here so who's to argue with Dunga's philosophy? Well, most of the Brazilian population to be fair. This just isn't great to watch. The great style or success conundrum - Arsene Wenger knows it well.
BOOKING First yellow of the game is for Siaka Tiene, for a late kick on Elano's ankle. No qualms with that one.
BIG GIRLS BLOUSES Drogba and then Lucio go down inside a minute. They're both built like 1980s Arnie Schwarzenegger but wail like girls for a few seconds, before miraculously recovering. I ask you.
RETREATED Ivory Coast have retreated into their shell here, as if they're intimidated by the sheer presence of the famous yellow and blue kit whenever Brazil launch an attack. They're doing an England and playing with 'fear' I reckon.
BRAZIL 1-0 IVORY COAST That's just clinical, and very very impressive from LUIS FABIANO. Kaka and Robinho combine with some close-range passing outside the box and a fortunate rebound falls to Fabiano, who cannonballs into the roof of the net FROM 10 yards. Fabulous finishing from the Sevilla striker.
VERY QUIET Very quiet here - neither side utilising much urgency at all.
MARAUDING MAICON The marauding Maicon, Brazil's best player versus North Korea, is at it again down this near right flank. An Elano dummy sets the Inter man flying free, in acres of space, and his cross yields a corner... well claimed by Barry.
TWO BITES OF THE CHERRY Corner for Brazil from their first attack in a little while. Gilberto Silva sees a shot blocked and then Robinho crashes the 20-yard rebound over.
SLIGHT WORRY Kalou has pulled up lame down the left flank. No wait, nothing too serious - he's back moving again now.
STEADY Another set piece for the Elephants, this time on the left flank. Cesar does well to punch clear under pressure, before Demel is penalised for a foul. Steady probing from Ivory Coast here but nothing too meaningful.
WOEFUL Free kick for Ivory Coast, at least 35 yards out. Drogba, never one to doubt his own ability, reckons he can beat Julio Cesar but the resulting effort is nearer to the roof of the stand than the roof of the net.
NO FIREWORKS No fireworks yet - both sides are rather eyeing each other up with some patient build-up play and little final third movement.
EASILY CLEARED Long spell of keep-ball for the Africans who eventually try and penetrate the Brazil third, but Tiote's lifted cross is easily cleared. They'll have to come up with something better than that to beat this organised Brazil side.
SITTING BACK Ivory Coast are matching Brazil for possession in the early stages. If anything the South Americans are sitting back a little.
ATMOSPHERE Great atmosphere in Johannesburg for what was many people's pick of the group stage fixtures when the draw was made back in December.
AWAY KIT Ivory Coast are sporting their rather fetching away kit tonight, the front of which is a copy of Celtic's famous green and white hoops.
EARLY SIGHTER Early sighter from Robinho who lets fly from 25 yards and only misses Barry's bar by a few inches.
KICK OFF We're underway in Soccer City.
TEAMS OUT Great scenes at Soccer City as the two sides make their way onto the field to a cacophony of vuvuzelas and thousands of camera bulb flashes. National anthems to come and then this eagerly anticipated clash will get underway.
HUGE GAME Huge game for the Ivory Coast this - absolutely huge. And also for the continent as a whole, with Cameroon out, South Africa likely to join them and Ghana and Nigeria big uncertainties to progress. The important news is that Didier Drogba starts up front, and Sven Goran Eriksson will be looking to his talisman to frighten the life out of the Brazilian defence.
WHAT'S AT STAKE? Defeat for the Ivory Coast and they'll be facing group stage elimination in the face. Brazil will also be desperate for the vicory, with a tricky game against Portugal next up for them in Group G.
EARLY TEAM NEWS Brazil are likely to make few changes - if any - from the side which beat Korea. Didier Drogba is set to start for the Ivory Coast just two weeks after breaking his arm.
INTRO When Brazil play football in a World Cup, the world stands and watches, but in their last game against North Korea the five-time champions very nearly suffered huge embarrassment at the hands of the tournament's rank outsiders. Eventually they overcame plucky Korea 2-1 but a similar display might not go unpunished against the Ivory Coast today.