Handball was not deliberate insists Fabiano

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Luis Fabiano has admitted to using his hand in the build-up to scoring "one of the most beautiful goals" in his career in last night's victory over the Ivory Coast.

The Sevilla striker ended his 2010 drought with the national team by hitting a brace as his side comfortably beat the west Africans 3-1 in the much-anticipated encounter at Soccer City to take charge of Group G.



There was plenty of criticism after the game from Elephants boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, who was upset with referee Stephane Lannoy for handing out he described as a "free goal".



But Luis Fabiano said he did not intend handling the ball.



"Well that is true, it seems as though the ball hit my hand," he said. "It seems the ball hit my hand and the second time it hit my shoulder.



"But in order to make the goal more beautiful, there had to be a doubtful element. It was a spectacular goal and I believe it was not a voluntary handball.



"It was a legitimate goal and it was one of the most beautiful goals that I've scored in my career.



"It was magnificent and where better to score such a goal than at the World Cup?"



It was a crucial moment in the game, enabling the South Americans to take a 2-0 lead.



Elano then added to the advantage, with Didier Drogba grabbing a consolation 11 minutes from time.



There was still time for Kaka to be dismissed after a second yellow card - another controversial moment in the game which saw the Real Madrid midfielder clash off the ball with Kader Keita, who seemed to go down too easily.



But Manchester City defender Kolo Toure felt the Luis Fabiano incident was also crucial in the context of the game and also blasted the French official.



He said: "The problem is that the referee asked the player if he had touched the ball.



"How can a referee ask a player if he committed a foul? It was an important moment."



But Luis Fabiano was not concerned, with his double taking his international tally to an impressive 25 goals in 39 matches and he was just pleased to have found form again.



He added: "The two goals were very important for me as I hadn't scored for five games before this one, so things worked out well for me, thank God.



"But the most important thing is that we won the game and we are all to be congratulated, not only myself and I will also like to dedicate this victory to the Brazilian team as a collective.



"It was a very difficult game that we played against a fast and physical Ivory Coast team.



"But what was key for Brazil is that we managed to play our own style and dominated the game from the beginning."



Toure, though, was not embarrassed to lose to Brazil, saying: "We were beaten by a team that is the best in the world.



"We tried our best in this match but it was always going to be difficult against a team that has won the World Cup five times before and has that experience of always being at the finals."



And the former Arsenal defender was hoping for some luck to help them progress to the next round.



He added: "We obviously still feel that we have a chance and hope that luck will help us go through to the next round."



Meanwhile, FIFA today confirmed they had not yet received any official complaint from the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) regarding Kaka's red card.

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