Match number 29 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ could prove to be one of the most dramatic with five-time champions Brazil taking on African hopefuls Côte d'Ivoire.
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.
Ronaldinho was sent off in the 57th minute but England could not find a way back into the match. Brazil went on to win the tournament.