NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 25: The Ivory Coast team line up ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between North Korea and Ivory Coast at the Mbombela Stadium on June 25, 2010 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Cote D'Ivoire Finishes World Cup With 3-0 Win Over North Korea

Didier Drogba and Cote D'Ivoire have only a slim chance to advance out of Group G. Their disappointing World Cup closes against a North Korean team that is looking for the country's second World Cup win ever.

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World Cup 2010, Cote D'Ivoire Vs. North Korea: Ivorians Close World Cup Strong In 3-0 Win Over North Korea

Cote d’Ivoire’s 2010 World Cup is over, but with a 3-0 win Friday over North Korea, the Ivorians finished their tournament on a positive note, moving to four points, finishing one point behind Portugal in Group G.

The Ivorians got early goals from Yaya Touré and Romaric to give a slight hope that they would be able to turn around the nine goal difference that separated them from Portugal. Cote d’Ivoire, however, slowed their scoring rate, only scoring once throughout the match’s final 70 minutes, an outcome rendered meaningless when Portugal got the point they needed from Brazil.

Salomon Kalou came off the bench to add a late goal for Les Elephants, giving them a 3-0 victory.

The Ivorians had 10 shots and goal and held 66 percent of the possession, dominating from the opening kickoff, registering five shots on goal in the match’s first 15 minutes.

They finish the tournament with a 1-1-1 record, ultimately one goal against Portugal away from qualifying for the knockout round.

North Korea finishes the tournament losing all three of its matches, destined for the draw’s worst record, allowing 12 goals while scoring once. It was North Korea’s first World Cup appearance since 1966.


World Cup 2010, Cote D'Ivoire Vs. North Korea: Salomon Kalou Extends Lead To Three

Substitute Salomon Kalou stabbed home a cross from Arthur Boka to give Cote D’Ivoire a 3-0 lead in the 82nd minute against North Korea.

The Chelsea attacker jumped at the Boka cross from the left, scoring the Elephants’ third goal with a right-footed finish.

Cote D’Ivoire, if results hold, would finish third in Group G with four points.


World Cup 2010, Cote D'Ivoire Vs. North Korea: Romaric Header Gives Cote D'Ivoire 2-0 Lead

A Didier Drogba shot off the cross bar in the 20th minute rebounded to Romaric, who headed Cote d’Ivoire to a 2-0 lead.

Drogba’s shot from 6 years out rattled the crossbar and bounced out to Romaric, who elevated to head Cote d’Ivoire to a two goal lead from eight yards out.

Cote d’Ivoire maintains a slim chance of advancing to the knockout stage but needs to reduce a now seven goal disadvantage in goal difference to Portgual. Portugal, currently drawn 0-0 with Brazil, must also lose.


World Cup 2010, Cote D'Ivoire Vs. North Korea: Yaya Toure Gives Elephants Lead In 14th Minute

Cote D’Ivoire is on the scoresheet early against North Korea, with midfielder Yaya Touré slotting home a shot from near the spot to give the Elephants a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute.

Touré received a pass from the left flank and opened his right foot on a shot that rolled into Ri Myong-Guk’s lower left hand corner.

Cote D’Ivoire has been able to maintain constant pressure from the match’s onset, registering five shots on goal in the first 15 minutes.

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