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World Cup 2010: Eriksson tips Brazil to win Cup

Luis Fabiano

Highlights - Brazil 3-1 Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has tipped Brazil to go on and win the World Cup after seeing his side outclassed in their 3-1 Group G defeat.

The five-time champions turned on the style in Johannesburg with Luis Fabiano scoring twice and Elano once before Didier Drogba headed a late reply.

"I think the Brazil team can go all the way," Eriksson said. "They have quality especially in defence.

"You need to be almost perfect to beat Brazil. In every way they are good."

The game ended in controversy as Brazil playmaker Kaka was shown a second yellow card for an innocuous clash with Abdelkader Keita, who collapsed holding his face when the contact had been with his chest.

The dismissal infuriated Brazil coach Dunga, but Eriksson claimed his own side had been the victims of an injustice after Fabiano appeared to handle the ball twice in the build-up to his second goal.


"I heard Brazil complain a lot, but I don't think they should, it is extra difficult when Fabiano is allowed to use his hands. It was not just once, it was twice," said the Swede.

"It shouldn't have been allowed. They got a goal free. That's a 2-0 goal - that changed everything."

Brazil went on to score again after a fine team move, although Drogba's goal could prove crucial if second place in the group is decided by goal difference.

Ivory Coast, who drew 0-0 with Portugal in their opener, face North Korea in their final group match on June 25.

But their chances of reaching the second round may hinge on Portugal's results against the Koreans and Brazil.

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