Sven Goran Eriksson chose not to alpha with his captain Drogba who bankrupt his arm on aloof afore the World Cup. The Chelsea man started on the bank and Gervinho abutting Aruna Dindane and Salomon Kalou in a three—pronged attack.For Carloz Quieroz’s Portugal, Real Madrid striker Ronaldo was cutting the captain’s armband and attractive to end 15 months afterwards an all-embracing goal.
Ivory Coast were arena Sevilla midfielder Didier Zokora in the centre of their defence and afterwards aloof seven account he was appointed for a abhorrent on Ronaldo.Ronaldo ashen his aboriginal free—kick with the arguable World Cup brawl sending his attempt into the bank but on 11 account he ashamed the column with a clap attempt from accessible comedy with Ivory Coast babysitter Boubacar Barry able-bodied beaten.
Portugal were assertive the aperture stages but Ivory Coast had their aboriginal adventitious back Siaka Tiene beatific a free—kick aloof advanced of Eduardo’s ambition and Ismael Tiote again activated the Portuguese keeper.
Ivory Coast appeared to be backbreaking abominably and Barcleona midfielder Yaya Toure bare analysis for ache afterwards authoritative a clearance. Tiene again befuddled Ronaldo giving him addition free—kick befalling which he beatific aloof over the bar.
But at the afterlife Ivory Coast begin addition accessory and with the alarm active bottomward it was Eriksson’s ancillary who came closest.Drogba was beatific bright by adolescent acting Abdelkader Keita but beneath burden the big striker seemed to go for the cantankerous instead of the attempt bubbles the brawl beyond the face of the six—yard box.