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Home: World Cup Finals: South Africa 2010: 1st Round: Match Schedule: Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal

Tuesday, 15th June 2010
Drogba 0 Ronaldo 0

Group G Match

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Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal in Port Elizabeth.

Svengali is back, but for how long this time?

Côte d'Ivoire started the sharpest, while Cristiano Ronaldo found it hard to stay on his feet and easy to get Didier Zokora in the referee's book.

An early yellow card in the Ivory Coast defence made it easier for Ronaldo to run at the West Africans; touch, turn and smash the ball against the Ivorian post.

Less than a quarter of an hour after the first incident, Ronaldo flopped over Guy Demel's legs. Both players were booked for getting themselves all heated up and puffing out chests.

After a promising start, football fans were once again left disappointed, as yet another 2010 World Cup Finals match ended the half without a goal (seventh out of thirteen, so far).

Half-time: 0:0

Deco showed a little more initiative at the start of the second-half and in an attempt to be more affective up front, Simao soon replaced Danny for Portugal.

If the vuvuzelas could get any louder, they did in the 65 minute; when Didier Drogba came on for fellow Chelsea player, Salomon Kalou.

The fans may have waited a long time to see if Didier Drogba would play but they'll have to wait until another day to see if can score with a broken arm; although he came close in the last minutes, but whipped the ball across the goal instead of finding a way into it.

Who would have thought that the New Zealand vs Slovakia game would be more exciting than this billing, but it was - by far!

Final Score:
Ivory Coast 0 Portugal 0

Goalscorers Goalscorers:

Man of The Match:
In a game where no-one scored, or no-one had any great defending to do, Gervinho did a good job of leading the West African attack for most of the game.


Travel to Côte d'Ivoire Ivory Coast:
1 Boubacar Barry; 17 Siaka Tiônô, 5 Didier Zokora, 4 Kolo Tourô, 20 Guy Demel; 9 Ismael Tiotô, 19 Yaya Tourô, 21 Emmanuel Ebouô; 15 Aruna Dindane, 8 Salomon Kalou, 10 Gervinho.

Travel to Portugal Portugal:
1 Eduardo; 23 Fôbio Coentrôo, 2 Bruno Alves, 6 Ricardo Carvalho, 3 Paulo Ferreira; 16 Raul Meireles, 8 Pedro Mendes, 20 Deco; 9 Liôdson, 7 Cristiano Ronaldo, 10 Danny.

Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)

Substitutions Substitutions:
55 Mins (Portugal) - 11 Simao on for Danny
62 Mins (Portugal) - 19 Tiago on for 20 Deco
65 Mins (Ivory Coast) - 11 Didier Drogba on for 8 Salomon Kalou
82 Mins (Ivory Coast) - 18 Abdul-Kader Keita on for 10 Gervinho
85 Mins (Portugal) - 17 Ruben Amorim on for 16 Raul Meireles
89 Mins (Ivory Coast) - 13 Jean-Jacques Gosso on for 21 Emmanuel Ebouô

Yellow Cards 3 Yellow Cards:
7 Mins - Didier Zokora (Ivory Coast)
21 Mins - Guy Demel (Ivory Coast)
21 Mins - Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
This is the first meeting between Ivory Coast and Portugal, although Didier Drogba is no stranger to Cristiano Ronaldo.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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