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.