PEEEEEEP PEEEEEP PEEP. Brazil top the group and Portugal runners up.
PEEEEEEP PEEEEEP PEEP. Ivory Coast are three goal winners but it is not nearly enough.
Both games with 5 minutes of extra time but the writing is on the wall. Ivory Coast being punished for their cautious approach i the first game and will be going home early.
92:00 – Cat like reflexes from Eduardo as he saves from a Ramires shot.
88:00 – Lucio with a free header but its straight at the Portuguese keeper.
85:00 – Another ball goes in the back of the Korean net but once again its offside. Sven shows some emotion on the bench by making a fist and waving his arm.
81:00 – GOOOOOOAAAALLL. Kalou. Too little too late. Ivory Coast 3 – North Korea 0
78:00 – Portugal have had the majority of the chances this half but Brazil’s defense has been well organized and very solid as it reflects their managers mentality.
69:00 – Time running out for the elephants. North Korea defending well.
68:00 – “A lot to the imagination being left” – Harkes
60:00 – Ronaldo shows his class as he runs with the ball through and around 3 defenders and sends in a perfect cross to Meireles who touches it toward goal but Julio Cesar bravely comes out and tips it for a corner
55:00 – Ivorians trying desperately but North Korea fighting for their lives…literally I believe.
Games back on and Ivory coast immediately attack but take out the Korean keeper in the process.
Halftime(s) – All to do for the Ivory Coast. They started brightly but they need at least 7 more.
45:00 – Melo picks up a yellow so for protection sake is replaced by Josue.
39:00 – Luis Fabiano goes close with a header from a Maicon cross but it’s just wide.
37:00 – Drogba shows some amazing skill to get around 2 defenders from an impossible angle. No one was there to help him though.
30:00 – Nilmar has a great effort off the post. Portugal immediately counter and Tiago gets carded for a shameful dive.
25:00 – Yellow cards flying left in right. One for Juan and now one for Duda. The increasing trend of players asking the ref to give their opponent a red is sad and disturbing.
20:00 – GOOOOOOOOOALLLLLL. Romaric with a rebounded header after a thunderbolt shot from Drogba hits the underside of the bar. Ivory Coast 2 – North Korea 0
19:00 – North Korea not content with being the doormats of Group G try their luck from a set piece about 35 yards out. Its a good effort going just wide.
18:00 – Portugal not laying down and have dominated recsent possession. The catalyst for their play seems to be coming from the left side courtesy of Coentrao.
17:00 – Romaric goes ever so close with a shot from out and wide of the box but it skims of the post.
14:00 – GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL. Yaya Toure. He slots the ball accurately passed the Korean keeper. Ivory Coast 1 – North Korea 0
11:00 – Drogba puts a goal in the back of the net but it is ruled out for offside.
6:00 – Brazil too are on the all out offensive and Nilmar has been the early game spark plug.
1:00 – Ivory Coast get the first chance of the game as Yaya Tourse pics out Keita but his effort is well saved by Myong – Guk
TWEEEEEEEET(s) – Game are on!
North Korea: 1-Ri Myong-guk; 2-Cha Jong-hyok, 13-Pak Chol-jin, 3-Ri Jun-il, 8-Ji Yun-nam, 5-Ri Kwang-chon; 10-Hong Yong-jo, 11-Mun In-guk, 17-An Yong-hak, 4-Pak Nam-chol; 9-Jong Tae-se.
Ivory Coast: 1-Boubacar Barry; 21-Emmanuel Eboue, 4-Kolo Toure, 5-Didier Zokora, 3-Arthur Boka; 13-Ndri Romaric, 19-Yaya Toure, 9-Cheik Tiote; 10-Gervinho, 11-Didier Drogba, 18-Abdelkader Keita.
Portugal: 1-Eduardo; 2-Bruno Alves, 6-Ricardo Carvalho, 15-Pepe, 23-Fabio Coentrao, 21-Ricardo Costa, 16-Raul Meireles, 19-Tiago, 7-Cristiano Ronaldo, 5-Duda, 10-Danny.
Brazil: 1-Julio Cesar; 2-Maicon, 3-Lucio, 4-Juan, 6-Michel Bastos, 5-Felipe Melo, 8-Gilberto Silva, 13-Dani Alves, 21-Nilmar, 19-Julio Baptista, 9-Luis Fabiano.
Thought to be the most exciting group before the tournament started, the so called Group of Death is ending with a bit of a whimper. Though mathematically still in it, Ivory Coast are going to have win by a colossal margin and hope that Brazil do the same in order for them to progress.