Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Referee: Jorge Larrionda | Attendance: 37034

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  • 95'

    And don't forget we'll be back from 18.30 GMT for tonight's game between Brazil and North Korea. join Tom Adams for that one. Bye for now.

  • 95'

    If you're still awake, feel free to head over and read our report from the game.

  • 95'

    Well, what a disappointment. It seems in these opening games the fear of defeat is much stronger than the promised land of victory. Hopefully there will be goals in tonight's game between Brazil and North Korea.

  • 94'

    CIV try to take the corner short and as soon as they do the referee blows for full time. That piece of stupidity sums up a game that promised much but delivered nothing but boredom. That is 90 minutes of my life I can't get back.

  • 93'

    The corner is delayed because Tiene is lying prostrate on the turf. Here comes the corner.

  • 92'

    Keita gets in the area now and the ball cannons off Alves. Portugal hanging on here. Corner.

  • 91'

    Chance! Keita slipped it in to Drogba who had the 'keeper to beat but he crossed it rather than shooting! He was stretching though.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added...

  • 89'

    Portugal win a free kick as the clock ticks towards 90 minutes. It comes out to Amorim, whose dismal effort sums up the game entirely.

  • 88'

    ESPN Stats & Info: This would be just the second time in 20 World Cup matches that Portugal have drawn 0-0 (the other being the 2006 quarter-final against England).

  • 87'

    SUB: Final CIV change: Eboue off and Romaric on.

  • 86'

    We can only hope that this evening's game provides a little more entertainment that this has. There is still time for a winner yet. What's that? Yes, I am kidding myself.

  • 85'

    Salomon Kalou is replaced by Didier Drogba.

  • 85'

    SUB: Amorim comes on for Meireles, as Portugal make another change. Amorim is the replacement in the squad for Nani.

  • 84'

    CIV mess up a decent break as Dindane misplaces his pass. Very unfortunate.

  • 82'

    SUB: Gervinho off, Keita on, as Sven makes another change for CIV.

  • 82'

    Zokora clatters Liedson from behind and concedes a free kick. He's already on a yellow don't forget.

  • 81'

    Tiene whips an excellent ball into the box but Kolo Toure couldn't guide it towards goal.

  • 80'

    Ronaldo whacks it from 40 yards but the ball flies over the bar. Justice done there you feel. Simao and Tiene had a little shove after the foul was awarded.

  • 79'

    Ronaldo goes down easily again and Tiene gives him grief. He does win a free kick though.

  • 78'

    Finally, some life as Meireles connects well with a shot from range but it flies wide of the post. Barry watches it wide.

  • 77'

    Kolo Toure gets cramp treatment from Dindane. That's probably the highlight of the half for me. A tender moment in a drab game. Sorry to labour the point but it really has been poor.

  • 76'

    Demel tries some tricky skills but he can't manage to get a cross in. As Bonnie Tyler once sang: "I'm holding out for a hero."

  • 75'

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  • 75'

    Neat football releases Dindane down the right but his cross sails behind the net. Somebody end this game now. Put us all out of our misery.

  • 74'

    Liedson tries an ambitious scissor kick but he boots Zokora in the arm instead.

  • 73'

    Ronaldo buys a free kick off Zokora and Portugal have a free kick on the right flank. Simao over it. He can't even beat the first man.

  • 72'

    As the cross comes in the flag goes up for a foul. About a minute later Ronaldo has the ball in the net but that's only because everyone had stopped playing.

  • 71'

    Portugal take a short corner and Meireles fires in a shot that is deflected for another corner.

  • 70'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Ivory Coast have never conceded a goal in the second half of a World Cup game, all six have come in the first half.

  • 69'

    Drogba tries to feed a cross from Toure to the back post but as it is returned to him he hits it and scuffs it into the ground.

  • 68'

    Tiene crosses and Coentrao turns it behind for a CIV corner.

  • 67'

    Ronaldo's stinker continues. He swaps passes with Simao before hitting it right at Zokora.

  • 66'

    Either the referee shook Drogba's hand when he came on, or he was checking the striker's arm cast. Tiote flashes a shot wide.

  • 65'

    SUB: The stadium erupts as Drogba comes on for CIV, in place of Kalou.

  • 64'

    Ahh, there he is. Drogba's tracksuit trousers are off. There's a buzz in the crowd, quite apart from the plastic trumpets.

  • 63'

    Deco wasn't happy about being taken off. He stormed straight down the tunnel. Still no sign of Drogba yet.

  • 62'

    SUB: Deco off, Tiago on for Portugal.

  • 62'

    At last it looks like there is an opening as CIV go four-on-four but Dindane woefully overhits his ball for Gervinho. Pitiful.

  • 61'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Portugal just their third touch in the box so far on the Liedson header, Ivory Coast with 10.

  • 60'

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  • 60'

    That's a good chance for Gervinho as Tiote flashed a cross in. The striker got a head on it but couldn't direct it on target. This is better....

  • 59'

    Decent run down the left from Gervinho, who gets into the area but Ferreira's block takes it behind for a corner.

  • 58'

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Guy Demel go head-to-head in the first half.

  • 57'

    Barry is slow to come for the ball as it broke past Zokora, then as a cross comes in Liedson gets a good header on target but the 'keeper saves.

  • 56'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Didier Drogba hit six goals in five appearances for the Elephants during qualifying.

  • 55'

    SUB: Change for Portugal: Simao comes on for the ineffectual Danny.

  • 54'

    Decent shot on target from Kalou as Yaya Toure squared the ball on the edge of the box. Right at Eduardo though.

  • 53'

    Gervinho miscontrols as Kalou found him inside the area. Just took his eye of it by the looks.

  • 52'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Portugal had the most clean sheets in European qualifying with nine, including both legs of their play-off.

  • 51'

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  • 51'

    A good ball in but Liedson nods wide as Carvalho went tumbling. Goal kick given.

  • 50'

    Tiene clips Liedson who goes down like he's been axed from behind. Free kick Portugal wide on the right flank.

  • 49'

    This time Dindane clips a nice ball into the area but though Kalou throws himsdelf at the ball he is a yard off. Drogba is warming up. Get him on.

  • 48'

    Very nearly a free header for Tiote but he couldn't quite climb high enough to make good contact.

  • 47'

    Caution has been the buzzword of the early games so far, with only Germany pouring forward as soon as they sniffed fear on their Australian opponents. Perhaps this game will spark to life in this half. I blinking hope so anyway. Corner to CIV.

  • 46'

    We begin again. No changes to either side.

  • 45'

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  • 45'

    Want to know more about North Korea? Matthias Krug has painstakingly tracked down some information on the side.

  • 45'

    Deco is felled by Emmanuel Eboue.

  • 45'

    Comment from Jason Mayers on Facebook: "Maybe Ronaldo won't dive as much the next half."

  • 45'

    Comment from Jayaditya Gupta in Port Elizabeth: ''No rhythm to either side... Ivory Coast lack the target man that Drogba is.''

  • 45'

    ESPN Stats & Info: This is the first time Ivory Coast have ever gone in at half-time level at the World Cup finals.

  • 45'

    Comment from Dale Johnson: "On paper this looked like it could be the first real humdinger of the tournament. But yet again we are served up a damp squib."

  • 45'

    The Ivory Coast were clearly the better side in possession in that first half but they didn't create much up front. Portugal looked poor, unless Ronaldo got on the ball. Expect better in the second half.

  • 45'

    A Mexican wave breaks out as the half-time whistle goes and that tells you all you need to know about the quality of that opening period.

  • 45'

    One minute added at the end of a lacklustre first half...

  • 44'

    Kolo Toure shows a touch of adventure as he gets over the halfway line. Carvalho boots clear.

  • 43'

    Oh dear, Tiene's corner misses everyone and goes out of play on the far side. Pathetic.

  • 42'

    Bit better from CIV as Dindane and Demel combine. They have a corner.

  • 41'

    CIV head forward again but Dindane's cross is poor then a Portuguese counter breaks down. This game has got steadily worse as the half has gone on.

  • 40'

    Meireles is penalised for a studs-upper on Demel. The Portuguese midfielder did win the ball though.

  • 39'

    Ronaldo is getting frustrated now. He has found space hard to come by since he hit the post and his colleagues up front are doing a poor job of retaining possession.

  • 38'

    Very nearly a great ball from Tiote into Eboue. If there had been a little less gas on it the Arsenal man was in on goal.

  • 37'

    Gervinho finds some space on the right flank but his ball across is cut out by Bruno Alves. Now Portugal can come forward...

  • 36'

    Ronaldo stands hands on hips staring at the referee after one of his flicks goes out of play. He is a right old moaner sometimes isn't he? Get on with it fella.

  • 35'

    Dindane is well marshalled by Coentrao by the corner flag and Portugal have a goal kick.

  • 34'

    Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post early in the match.

  • 33'

    Things have dropped off a bit after a good start to the game. As I say that Liedson nearly gets onto the end of a Ronaldo pass.

  • 32'

    A good run from Deco nearly ends with a good ball to Danny but Boubacar Barry is out to claim.

  • 31'

    More patient build up play from the CIV.

  • 30'

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  • 30'

    Come on game, give us a goal.

  • 29'

    A slow-mo replay of Ronaldo's shot that hit the post is followed by Drogba's reaction, as he crosses himself and clasps his hands together.

  • 28'

    Mendes rakes his studs down Eboue's ankle but somehow the referee has missed it. A poor tackle, and a poor choice of multi-coloured pants from Eboue, visible as he writhes on the turf.

  • 27'

    Gervinho tries to turn Carvalho and the defender concedes a corner.

  • 26'

    The game has gone a bit sticky after that Ronaldo flashpoint. CIV have looked the better side though and here they come again...

  • 25'

    Ronaldo breaks down the left but his cross is weak and Demel tidies up. Looks like he's got a roaming role for the Portuguese today, the Real Madrid striker. I wonder whose idea that was?

  • 24'

    Comment from Jayaditya Gupta in Port Elizabeth: '' Ronaldo has shown both sides today, but it's a very fluid front three for Portugal - they keep interchanging.''

  • 23'

    The Ivory Coast players weren't shy in letting Ron know what they thought of him in that earlier incident too. Maybe a sign of how opposition players will look to wind him up in this tournament.

  • 22'

    Decent run from Gervinho, who nips past Alves and into the area but Ferreira is round to cover and he hacks clear for a corner.

  • 21'

    Ronaldo had already complained to the referee a few times before that card. He'll have to rein it in a bit now, given his penchant for whining at officials.

  • 20'

    YELLOW CARD: Demel is booked also for having the temerity to square up to Ronaldo.

  • 20'

    YELLOW CARD: Here we go. Ronaldo overruns the ball and dives when a challenge comes in, then he and Demel bump chests. Ron is carded for diving.

  • 19'

    Its Tiene's turn to to waste a decent opportunity as he clips a cross behind the goal under little pressure.

  • 18'

    Loose this time for Kalou who wastes possession when he had space and time.

  • 17'

    CIV rebuild and Tiote receives the ball from Kalou before hammering a shot narrowly over the bar. Good work from the African side. A decent game already this. Not a patch on Slovakia v New Zealand mind.

  • 16'

    Poor ball from Dindane as Eboue raced up the wing. He allows Coentrao to clear.

  • 15'

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  • 15'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Only one of Portugal's 32 World Cup goals has come from outside the box. (Deco v Iran in 2006)

  • 15'

    CIV win a free kick and Tiene fires one at goal but Eduardo never looked in any danger as it sails wide of the post.

  • 14'

    Comment from Jayaditya Gupta in Port Elizabeth: ''Ron looks like he's in the mood - he's constantly demanding the ball.''

  • 12'

    Don't forget Ronaldo hasn't scored for Portugal for 16 months. Bet he'll get one at the World Cup.

  • 11'

    A stunning strike from Ronaldo. That ball looked like it swerved all over the place. A definite warning for CIV if they don't close him down.

  • 10'

    Wow! Ronaldo gets the ball, jinks inside and launches one from 30 yards out, the 'keeper is beaten but the ball cannons off the post. Superb effort.

  • 9'

    Deco's corner is a good one and Toure just manages to touch it off the head of Ronaldo.

  • 8'

    Ronaldo has a pop from 45 yards out from the free kick. It hits the wall and Portugal have a corner.

  • 7'

    YELLOW CARD: Ronaldo goes past Zokora and throws himself to the floor. Minimal contact but still a booking.

  • 6'

    Toure's long ball for Kalou runs out of play. Apparently the temperature for Brazil's game with North Korea might be -4. The bech boys won't like that.

  • 5'

    Ronaldo wins his first free kick after an excellent run from Titoe for CIV. His cross was dealt with by Ferreira.

  • 4'

    Goos start from CIV here as Kolo Toure feeds Dindane who wins a throw on the right off Coentrao.

  • 3'

    Demel goes charging down the right for CIV but Bruno Alves holds him up. Decent possession for the African side in the early stages.

  • 2'

    It looks like 4-3-3 for the Ivory Coast with Gervinho in the central role up front and Kalou and Dindane supporting.

  • 1'

    We're off....


    Cristiano Ronaldo has his eyes closed as his national anthem belts out. The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth looks resplendent. We're all set.


    Here come the teams, and guess what? No vuvuzela's are audible. I'm lying of course, they're everywhere. I love them. Can't get enough.


    Both teams should be well supported inside the stadium: Ivory Coast are of course an African side, while there are a large number of Portuguese immigrants in South Africa, according to a report I saw on tele last night.


    Comment from Shreyansh Patil on Facebook: "My bet is on Gervinho to light up this World Cup."


    Comment from JC: ''Should be a good game to watch, unlike a lot of the games so far. Ronaldo, Eboue, what more could you want?''


    Am I alone in thinking Portugal are facing an uphill battle to qualify from this group? The Ivory Coast line-up looks extremely strong, and Brazil's quality speaks for itself. Plus, Carlos Queiroz has hardly set the world alight has he?


    Quite a result for New Zealand, make sure you read our report on their draw with Slovakia.


    Take a read over what to expect from Portugal with Andy Brassell's preview on Ronaldo and company.


    Nani is the most high-profile casualty from the Portugal squad, discounting Jose Bosingwa of course, so Danny starts on the right. Ronaldo, one of the tournament's biggest stars, takes his place, or course.


    The big team news for the Ivory Coast is that Didier Drogba is on the bench. FIFA granted him clearance to play in a cast to protect his broken arm, but Sven Goran Eriksson has decided not to risk him from the off.


    Welcome along to the opening game in what has been tagged the 'Group of Death and North Korea too,' as Ivory Coast take on Portugal. We should be in for a cracker.


    Join us at 1400 GMT to see the first clash in the 'Group of Death'.


    What do you make of the vuvuzela? Firdose Moonda thinks it should be banned. Do you agree?


    Ronaldo has not been firing for Portugal.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Ivory Coast

  • 8(2)

  • 16

  • 17

  • 45%


  • Portugal

  • 7(1)

  • 21

  • 14


POS No Name


1 Eduardo


2 Bruno Alves


3 Paulo Ferreira


6 Ricardo Carvalho


23 Fábio Coentrão


8 Pedro Mendes


16 Raul Meireles
17 Rúben Amorim


20 Deco
19 Tiago


7 Cristiano Ronaldo


9 Liédson


10 Danny
11 Simão
POS No Name
G 22 Daniel Fernandes
G 12 Beto
D 4 Rolando
D 13 Miguel
D 15 Pepe
D 21 Ricardo Costa
M 5 Duda
M 11 Simão
M 14 Miguel Veloso
M 17 Rúben Amorim
M 19 Tiago
F 18 Hugo Almeida

Match Stats

  • Ivory Coast
  • Portugal
8(2) Shots (on goal) 7(1)
17 Fouls 14
6 Corner kicks 4
2 Offsides 1
45% Time of Possession 55%
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 2

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