Portugal and Cote d’Ivoire are scoreless at halftime at Mandela Bay Stadium in South Africa, the opening match of the World Cup for each side.
Following the pattern of many of the tournament’s previous matches, the first half was bereft of scoring opportunities The lone exception was a blast from Cristiano Ronaldo the rattled the outside of the post.
The first half has been marked by contentious play in midfield, with the Ivorians aggressively challenging in and clogging up the middle of the pitch. Their tackling has drawn a card from the official for Didier Zokora and caused a minor dust-up between Ronaldo and Guy Demel (which earned both players yellow cards).
Didier Drogba remains on the Cote d’Ivoire bench.