PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 15: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts to a missed chance during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between Ivory Coast and Portugal at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 15, 2010 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

World Cup 2010: Cote D'Ivoire, Portugal Play To Scoreless Draw Despite Chances From Ronaldo, Drogba

In the most anticipated World Cup 2010 match so far (England-US excluded), Cote d'Ivoire and Portugal played to a scoreless tie. The superstars from both sides had chances, including a rocket off the foot of Ronaldo that hit the post.

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World Cup 2010: Cote D'Ivoire 0, Portugal 0 - Didier Drogba Plays, Misses Late Chance In Socreless Draw

Abdulkader Kieta rolled a ball toward the six yard box in the 92nd minute when Didier Drogba, subbed-on with a broken arm in the 66th minute of Cote d’Ivoire’s match with Portugal, ran on for a potential match-winner, only to pull the ball wide and keep Tuesday’s second match drawn nil-nil.

After 180 minutes, the two teams thought to be vying for the second, knockout stage spot in Brazil’s Group G, combined for three shots on goal, the best of which was Cristiano Ronaldo’s early attempt at Boubacar Barry’s goal that want off the outside of the post.

Cote d’Ivoire, however, had the better of play throughout the match. Strong play through the midfield stifled Portugal, while the Elephants were able to put a number of good balls through the six from the flanks. A lack of presence in the area let the Ivorians wanting, with only a poorly taken Gervinho header coming closer to a score.

In context, it was a good performance for Cote d’Ivoire, who looked organized in defense and ambitious in attack, two qualities they had struggled to show at the African Cup of Nations, before Sven-Göran Eriksson took over. In the Swede’s first competitive match as Cote d’Ivoire coach, he leads the Elephants to a 0-0 draw with the world’s third ranked team.

Cote d’Ivoire now move on to a match with Brazil, while Portugal awaits North Korea.


Portugal Vs. Cote d'Ivoire: Didier Drogba Named To Bench For Portugal Match After Cast Approved

Didier Drogba, the Ivory Coast captain, has been named to the bench for Tuesday's match versus Portugal, after receiving clearance to participate in the Group G opener for both sides.

Drogba, who suffered a broken arm a little more than a week ago, will be allowed to wear a protective cast on his right arm, only after it gained approval from both FIFA and Portugal.

FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said: "The Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda has authorised Didier Drogba to play with his protection. The Portuguese delegation also inspected his (arm) support at the pre-match coordination meeting."

While there's so no guarantee we'll see Drogba against Portugal, the mere fact that we're even discussing the possibility of him playing, just 10 days after surgery on his broken arm, is remarkable enough.

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