Johannesburg will provide the stage for this superstar clash. It will be second match of the tournament for both teams, who share Group G with Portugal and Korea DPR. It will not be the first time Côte d'Ivoire manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has locked horns with the South American giants. Eriksson's England side were knocked out at the quarter-final stage at the 2002 FIFA World Cup by a 10-man Brazilian team.
England took an early lead after an error by centre-back Lucio allowed Michael Owen to race through on goal and apply a telling finish. Brazil levelled at the end of the first half when a quick break upfield ended with Rivaldo slotting a shot past England goalkeeper David Seaman. Seaman was then completely deceived five minutes into the second half by a dipping, swerving free-kick from Ronaldinho.