Group G Game 1 – Portugal versus Ivory Coast

Are Portugal the new Greece?

Game over…well that was a let down. The comment of the tournament so far from Efan Ekoku who claims that the magic spray does “absolutely nothing for you”

93:00 – Exciting finish here as Ivory Coast win a corner

91:00 – Drogba with the chance of the game but he crosses it instead of shooting it in the goal. I think he meant to shoot but he was falling and maybe in an effort to not land on his arm he twisted and shot was off target.

3 minutes of added time. This game has been almost as boring as the earlier one. Hopefully North Korea/Brazil will be exciting. I can’t wait to see how they warm up!

88:00 – Eboue off and Romaric on. Meanwhile, Toure is still and cramping up miserably.

87:00 – If they threw caution to the wind they might be surprised. I think everyone is over thinking it a bit too much.

85:00 – I must say that most of the games have been pretty disappointing. I think most of the teams are too scared to lose and are playing much more defensively in order to insure that they at least get a point from the first game.

84:00 – Ivory Coast mess up a good chance as they advance with a 4 on 4 but they all get in the way off each other and are eventually whistled for off side.

82:00 – Gervinho playing with type of skills that his name would suggest is replaced by Keder Kaita.

80:00 – Commentators calling out Ronaldo for his simulation efforts. He won a free kick from about 35 yards out but his effort is just over.

77:00 – Cramps for Kolo Toure.

73:00 – And the Oscar goes too…Ronaldo for conning the sideline judge into giving a free kick.

71:00 – Rain coming down hard. Will Ronaldo get a chance to send a daisy cutter like shot with that ball on a slick ground?

66:00 – Drogba in…and Kalou off. That’s a shame. A like for a like…I would have have preferred to have seen more attacking players for the elephants.

64:00 – Drogba looks like he might be entering the fray.

62:00 – Tiago on for Deco. Old man must be tired!

59:00 – Gervinho makes a great run and Kalou threads a lovely pass to him. The Lille striker wins a corner but nothing comes of it. Game has definitely picked up in pace and skill.

58:00 – An acrobatic save though a simple catch would have been fine by Barry off a Portuguese header.

56:00 – Danny comes off and Simao is on. Why Simao didn’t start is beyond everyone.

54:00 – Kalou has the first shot on goal in the second half but his shot is weak and directly at the Portuguese keeper.

51:00 – Deco off a free kick sends in an inviting ball but it’s well defended by the Ivorian players.

47:00 – Gervinho tricks and turns his defender but his shot/cross is pushed out for a corner. Tiote I believe has a decent header attempt but messes it up and hits it straight in the air.

Second half under way

Well a boring half comes to end. Ideally Ivory Coast score in the first 5 minutes as Portugal seem content to park the bus!

43:00 – Ivory Coast beginning to impose their influence on the game as they’re denying Portugal any real movement, but in turn they’re not doing much to trouble Eduardo and his back line.

39:00 – If ever a match needed a goal it’s this one. Neither a defensive team, a goal would stretch out the field immensely.

34:00 – There was definitely a sale on purple keeper uniforms. Barry is at least the third keeper wearing a purple outfit.

28:00 – This is not turning into the goal fest, beautiful football that I had hoped for. Eboue was fouled but the ref ignored it.

22:00 – Its really a “never cry wolf” situation. Ronaldo was fouled by Demel but since he has such a deserved reputation for simulation, he rarely gets the benefit of the doubt. Shame Drogba isn’t in yet! The ref might hand out Oscars instead of cards.

20:00 – ARGIE BARGIE! Ronaldo getting into it with Demel as the Ivorian starts shouting at Ronaldo for diving and over acting (he has a fair point). Ronaldo reacts strongly and the referee gives them both a yellow.

14:00 – Gervinho wins a free kick about 10 yards outside the Portuguese box by limply running into a Portuguese defender. Tiene shoots but it bends out wide.

13:00 – Oddly they have a British man saying “welcome to our forces serving in 175 countries…from the American armed forces”

11:00 – Brilliant effort from Ronaldo as he seems to have figured out this ball with a stinging shot that hits the outside of the post.

7:00 – First “dive” by Ronaldo…at the very least, first dramatic acting on his part. He tries a free kick from about 45 yards out. Wall does its job and ball goes out for a corner.

6:00 – Ivory Coast look like the livelier team in the opening minutes. First foul on Ronaldo.

"No i'm a better diver"

TWEEEEEEEET – Portugal kick it off.


Ah Sven…and that is all I will say about him.


They’re showing EPL footage from the past couple of years and it looks like its from ancient archives.


This is really not a “Group of Death”. ALL FOUR TEAMS HAVE TO BE EQUAL!!! No offense to North Korea but they’re not at all close to the level of the other three teams. Yes its a tough group and a good team will not make it through but it is not a group of death…SHEEESH


Drogba on the bench. At what time do we think he will be introduced? 3rd minute? 5th?


Line ups

Ivory Coast: (4-4-1-1)Barry, Demel, Toure, Zokora, Tiene, Eboue, Toure Yaya, Tiote, Gervinho, Dindane, Kalou.

Portugal: (4-1-2-3) Eduardo, Ferreira, Bruno Alves, Carvalho, Fabio Coentrao, Deco, Mendes, Raul Meireles, Ronaldo, Liedson, Danny.


Well an exciting end to an incredibly boring game for New Zealand versus Slovakia, but now we’ll be treated to potentially the game of the first round between Portugal and Ivory Coast.

23 responses to this post.

  1. No, that’s not true… If you have 3 potential semi-final quality teams in one group, that can be a group of death. North Korea really is a wild card as well since no one knows hardly a think about them and they’re playing for their lives.


  2. Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/15 at 7:03 AM

    From a historical strand point, it refers to 4 teams of equal standing, but now the media just love the term that they try to put it on any group which doesn’t have obvious teams that will go through.


    • Posted by Dennis on 2010/06/15 at 7:43 AM

      I agree

      Group A: France, Mexico, Uruguay, South Africa

      Group G: Brasil, Portugal, Ivory Coast, North Korea

      The label group of death for G is fine with me because at worst its just media hyperbole and at best it’s a nice excuse for the good team that doesn’t go through. Group A is the most balanced/hardest imo.

      Also, I have reached my limits with John Harkes. He makes the games so much less enjoyable to watch. He is a world class douchebag. Ekoku and Darke are phenomenal, restore my faith in the world.


      • Posted by BW on 2010/06/15 at 2:18 PM

        Effing Ekoku? He’s still digging his way out of the ‘mexico was onsides’ hole in my opinion. And with any ground he gains, he slips again with adamant opinions about extremely debatable calls. He was the reason I turned the sound off this morning!


  3. Posted by Matt B on 2010/06/15 at 7:27 AM

    Isn’t this the same ref from US-Italy four years ago? Interesting that the announcers are complaining about him handing out too many cards


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/15 at 7:37 AM

      Matt B – You are correct. He’s not doing the best job out there. At least he’s blind to both sides.


  4. Posted by John on 2010/06/15 at 7:43 AM

    With a name like Dindan, he should be trolloping through the forest with an elf and a hobbit attempting to slay a level 5 wizard.


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/15 at 7:45 AM

      I believe the Fantasy, middle earth like references should have been reserved for the New Zealand game😉


      • Posted by John on 2010/06/15 at 7:52 AM

        With the battle joined in ‘Middle Field’, the slayer “Dindan” joined his quest to find the mythical “Drogba”. Set against him in this place was the petulant wizard “Ronaldo” who boasted the highest magik abilities, but was often found to not actually do anything for his home country.

        Ronaldo’s orc captain, Decco, was only “3 weeks away from retirement” before getting a dangerous assignment.

        Dindan had companions in his quest for the mysterious “Drogba” namely YAYA, a barrel chested troll who he used ford the mighty rivers of the Portugal, in his attempting for goal.


    • Posted by Soccernst on 2010/06/15 at 9:01 AM

      For me Dindan can’t hold a candle to slovenia’s left back: Jokic.

      “Altidore wins another hard-fought battle with Jock-itch before being dispossessed of the ball”


  5. Posted by Claire on 2010/06/15 at 8:20 AM

    What’s the matter with Portugal? They look like they’re not trying really hard offensively.


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/06/15 at 8:23 AM

      Everyone is being cautious in their first game believing that a loss knocks you out of the world cup…


      • Posted by Claire on 2010/06/15 at 8:25 AM

        Same thing happened with Paraguay yesterday after Italy equalized – they lost their fire. Too bad!


  6. Posted by Matt B on 2010/06/15 at 8:20 AM

    Will Drogba’s broken arm prevent him from diving so much? And if so, can someone break Ronaldo’s arm too?


  7. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/06/15 at 8:31 AM

    Sven’s called a great game for the Ivory Coast today. Quieroz (spl?) overthought this one.

    it’s the 75th minute and after Ivory Coast continues to pound it down the right side of the field I’m not sure why Ronaldo hasn’t been flipped to the other side of the field for counter.

    He’s certainly not playing defense.


  8. Posted by Claire on 2010/06/15 at 8:51 AM



  9. Posted by T-Muck on 2010/06/15 at 8:53 AM

    Wow, I’m really really happy I waste a bunch of my company’s bandwidth on that one.


  10. Posted by John on 2010/06/15 at 8:56 AM

    Portugal played unbelievably negative in that first half. Complete rubbish.


  11. Posted by Thomas on 2010/06/15 at 9:55 AM

    how about the Ronaldo falling at a puff of wind comment?


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