1st Half Analysis
Tough game so far, just 2 efforts on goal, one of them being Ronaldo’s shot from 25m at the 11’ which if he had scored would have been a spectacular goal. He also got a yellow card along with Demel. I personally think that he got the card for being verbally abusive…..Read his lips! 🙂
The Ivorians have been having a good game so far and are the better team. Dykes thinks Ronaldo is jealous about the jerseys the opposition is wearing…. :D. On the other hand Drobga seems extremely frustrated on that bench. We might just see him in action in the second half if things don’t look to good for Les Éléphants. The score so far is 0-0.
2nd Half Analysis
OK, I thought we would have a goal or two from this game, I was wrong. The game wasn’t a flat one but neither was it very dynamic. Drogba came on in the second half and the most interesting part to watch was his arm around Ronaldo. Both teams had a chance to score but did not succeed in doing so.
One very interesting player that I think deserves some attention is Fabio Coentrão. He plays left winger/full-back. Today he was Portugal’s defender and his performance impressed me. He is said to be Portugal’s long term left-back. He plays for Benfica and in currently on loan to Rio Ave.
The game ended in a goalless draw and the Man of the Match went to Ronaldo though I personally think that he did not deserve to win it. Côte d’Ivoire was the better team and one of their players deserved to win it more than him.
7′ Zokora (CIV)
21′ Demel (CIV)
21′ Ronaldo (POR)
55′ Simao (in) Danny (out) [POR]
62′ Tiago (in) Deco (out) [POR]
66′ Drogba (in) Kalou (out) [CIV]
82′ Keita (in) Gervinho (out) [CIV]
85′ Amorim (in) R.Meireles (out) [POR]
88′ Romaric (in) Eboue (out) [CIV]
Côte d’Ivoire: Barry, K. Toure (C), Zokora, Kalou, Tiote, Gervinho, Dindane, Tiene, Y. Toure, Demel, Eboue.
subs: Angoua, Gohouri, Doumbia, Drogba, Gosso, Romaric, Kouamatien, Zogbo, Keita, Bamba, Yeboah, Boka.
Portugal: Eduardo, B.Alves, P.Ferreira, R.Carvalho, Ronaldo (C), P.Mendes, Liedson, Danny, R.Meireles, Deco, F.Coentrao.
subs: Rolando, Duda, Simao, Beto, Miguel, M.Veloso, Pepe, R.Amorim, H.Almeida, Tiago, R.Costa, D.Fernandes.
Ref: Jorge Larrionda (URU)
Stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth