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World Cup 2010: Eriksson explains lacklustre draw

Eriksson hails 'brilliant' defence

Eriksson hails 'brilliant' defence

Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said there were few chances on goal in Ivory Coast's goalless draw with Portugal because neither team wanted to lose.

The World Cup Group G rivals played out a turgid stalemate, with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo going closest when his shot hit the post early on.

"There weren't many occasions to score," said Eriksson.

"You saw two teams who didn't want to lose. I thought if one team had won it should have been us."

The 62-year-old former England coach added: "I was very happy with our discipline and organisation, we were organised for 90 minutes, in the past it wasn't like that."

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Eriksson opted to begin with key striker Didier Drogba on the bench before bringing the Chelsea star on for club-mate Salomon Kalou in the 65th minute.

Drogba had broken his arm in a friendly against Japan on 4 June but had recovered sufficiently to be available for the Ivorians' opening game, although world football governing body Fifa had to give the Chelsea striker clearance to play with a cast.

The Swedish coach added: "Another plus was Didier coming on to play. He'll be even fitter for the next game.

"However, I had been hoping the team would score a couple of goals so that he didn't have to play against Portugal."

Drogba stressed that there was little danger of him aggravating his injury during the match.


"Every time you put your foot on the pitch, there is a risk," the Chelsea striker added.

"With the protection I had it was clear there was no risk. The only problem is if I had fallen down."

Ivory Coast's next game is against Brazil on Sunday at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

"I think we knew before that it is a very difficult group and we just have one point and let's see what we can do," reflected Eriksson.

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