Ivory Coast outplays Portugal, but earns scoreless draw in opener

Cape Town, South Africa
“Ivory Coast tied Portugal 0-0 at the World Cup on Tuesday, largely outplaying its higher-ranked opponent despite Didier Drogba only coming on as a late substitute. Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo rattled a 30-yard strike off the left post in the 11th minute, but Ivory Coast otherwise created the better chances.” (ESPN)

Ivory Coast 0-0 Portugal
“Ivory Coast and Portugal contested a goalless draw in a cagey opening game to the World Cup’s so-called group of death at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. With Brazil also in Group G, it was obvious that both sides were desperate to avoid defeat and there was an extent to which both teams cancelled each other out. It was the first competitive fixture of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s short spell in charge of the Elephants and he can be pleased with the unity and discipline his side showed, particularly with talismanic striker Didier Drogba missing from the starting line-up.” (BBC)

Portugal expects from Cristiano Ronaldo
“It was a bleak end of summer in Portugal. The Algarve may have glistened in the sun, but in the pubs and cafes were glum-looking fans, wearing the national team’s replica jerseys with heads bowed and shoulders hunched.” (BBC)

Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) 0-0 Portugal – Video Highlights, Recap, and Match Stats – World Cup – 15 June 2010
“The Group of Death (or Group G) began play with two strong nations at the Ivory Coast played Portugal. It’s a crucial match to determine who will make it out of the group and a loss would be devastating for either side. Cristiano Ronaldo would feature for Portugal while Ivory Coast has Chelsea’s Didier Drogba.” (The 90th Minute)

World Cup 2010: New Zealand 1-1 Slovakia
“Having given the television coverage a review/kicking over the weekend, it’s time to take a look at the radio coverage of this World Cup. Ian Dennis is our host, and Jacqui Oatley and Graham Taylor are our commentary team for the opening stages, with Dennis taking over. Oatley is one of three prominent ladies at the World Cup, alongside Gabby Logan, and ITV’s Kelly Cates. Logan and Cates are more high profile, but considering most of the games that we’ve had so far, Oatley has considerably the toughest job of the three.” (twohundredpercent)

New Zealand 1-1 Slovakia – Video Highlights, Recap, and Match Stats – World Cup – 15 June 2010
“Two of the smallest countries in the tournament faced in Group F play as New Zealand played Slovakia. The Kiwis were not favored to get a result while Slovakia are seen as a good chance to get second in the group. The other two teams in the group are Italy and Paraguay who played to a 1-1 draw yesterday.” (The 90th Minute)


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