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North Korea 0-3 Ivory Coast

By Jonathan Stevenson
  1. 14:14 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast line-ups:  

    North Korea: 1-Ri Myong-guk; 5-Ri Kwang-chon, 2-Cha Jong-hyok, 13-Pak Chol-jin, 3-Ri Jun-il, 8-Ji Yun-nam, 11-Mun In-guk, 17-An Yong-hak, 4-Pak Nam-chol, 10-Hong Yong-jo, 9-Jong Tae-se.
    Ivory Coast: 1-Boubacar Barry; 3-Arthur Boka, 4-Kolo Toure, 5-Didier Zokora, 21-Emmanuel Eboue; 13-Ndri Romaric, 19-Yaya Toure, 9-Cheik Tiote; 10-Gervais Kouassi, 11-Didier Drogba, 18-Abdelkader Keita.
    Referee: Alberto Undiano (Spain)

  2. 14:16 Commentary  

    Yep, by tonight we will have shedded half the 32 countries who started this potentially great tournament with hopes and dreams of success and be standing on the precipice of what has already been dubbed ‘the round of the last 16’. But, gentleman and fair maidens, who are going to be the lucky four who join the 12 already confirmed?

  3. 14:18 Commentary  

    That’s what I want to know from you - as well as every World Cup-related thing going on in your World Cup life right now. I’m a sponge - saturate me with chat: I’m on Twitter @Stevo_football; I’m on text on 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); and I’m hearing rumours that opinions are already being voiced on our daily 606 page. Miss it, Mesut (miss out. I’m trying. Sorry).

  4. 14:21 Commentary  

    Correct, those of you who neatly remind me that Brazil are already through and so there are only three places up for grabs in the last 16 still (thanks Sam). But who will they be? Here's a Matchday 15 talking point: will Spain be one of them?

  5. SMS  

    Ross from Brighton: "A question for everyone: would you prefer a wonderful display of footballing genius from both Portugal and Brazil or a scrapy card-fest, kick-a-thon that would limit both teams selection come the quarters and semis?"

  6. 606  

    From Jewell_of_East: "Come on Ivory Coast, but Portugal will qualify. They actually have a good team. Their defence has Carvalho, Ferreira, Miguel, Pepe etc and in Tiago and Deco, creative midfielders. Add Danny and Ronaldo's magic and you have a great team there."

  7. 14:30 Commentary  

    I'm afraid I'm still buzzing. Italy's stunning exit and Japan's assured display were fabulous highlights from Matchday 14, we've got these two games coming up and a potential exit for the Spanish tonight. Throw in Germany v England on Sunday, and there's action everywhere you look. I've even been invited to take part in a table football penalty shootout by some German broadcasters on Saturday. I'll let you know.

  8. Twitter  

    From grigsy: "Really feel for Spain cos they have to do what nobody has done yet at this World Cup - beat someone from South America."

  9. 14:36 Commentary  

    So, where are we in Group G? Well Brazil are through and a point will seal top spot. Portugal progress with a draw or if Ivory Coast fail to beat North Korea. Ivory Coast need to win and hope Portugal lose to Brazil, and in the process make up an enormous goal deficit. North Korea are already out.

  10. Contributor BBC Sport's Alan Hansen  

    "In the second half the other day, Cristiano Ronaldo came to life and he showed us the great player he is. You would not ever, ever want to play against him."

  11. 14:41 Commentary Brazil coach Dunga:  

    "We know that football is always something of a Pandora's box. All the teams that are here are very good sides. We are talking about globalised football and we have to be prepared for unexpected surprises."

  12. 14:42 Commentary Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz:  

    "We are playing against the highest-ranked team in the world. They have tremendous organisation, they are a very solid team, full of outstanding players. I think it's going to be a very difficult game for both sides. Any victory against Brazil is always an excellent result for any team. But even a draw for that matter."

  13. 14:45 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast team news:  

    Didier Drogba spearheads an attack-minded Ivory Coast side that must score many times against North Korea. Salomon Kalou, Aruna Dindane, Guy Demel and Siaka Tiene drop to the bench, with Romaric, Gervais Kouassi, Abdelkader Keita and Arthur Boka coming in. North Korea coach Kim Jong-hun keeps faith with the side that was thrashed 7-0 by Portugal, so striker Jong Tae-Se will continue to look for his first World Cup goal alongside Hong Yong-Jo in attack.

  14. 14:47 Commentary Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson:  

    "I think they were extremely well-organised against Brazil and for 45 minutes against Portugal. Then I really don't know what happened in the second half, it looked too easy for Portugal. I don't know if they were tired, changed tactics, I don't know."

  15. 14:48 Commentary North Korea coach Kim Jong-Hun:  

    "My staff and players did not meet the expectations of our countrymen. Nevertheless our people, even though we didn't play too well, will welcome us with open arms. For the young children in North Korea who are football fans, I think they will be more motivated and more interested in football."

  16. 14:49 Commentary Portugal v Brazil team news:  

    Portugal are without injured Brazil-born playmaker Deco for the second consecutive match, but Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo starts. Carlos Queiroz makes four changes to the team which routed North Korea 7-0 in the previous match, with Duda, Danny, Pepe and Ricardo Costa all starting. Brazil bring in Julio Baptista and Daniel Alves for the suspended Kaka and injured Elano. Manchester City's Robinho drops to the bench, with coach Dunga drafting in Nilmar.

  17. SMS  

    Elvis, hiding in London: "It’s a conspiracy! All the European teams have been set against each other in the next round. Therefore Portugal will finish second in their group and Spain will top theirs. Or vice-versa."

  18. 14:54 Commentary  

    The teams are out, so it's time for us to listen to Hino Nacional Brasileiro, A Portuguesa, L'Abidjanaise and Aegukka. Yeah I know, you love it when I give you the anthem names. Love it.

  19. 14:57 Commentary  

    Portugal's is one of those great anthems, isn't it? So's is Brazil, in all fairness. No tears for the North Korean hitman Jong Tae-Se this time, and we're on the cusp of a couple of kick-offs.

  20. 15:00 KICK-OFF North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Seems like everyone thinks Group G is already all wrapped up - has this World Cup taught you nothing? Our first kick-off the day comes in Nelspruit.

  21. 15:00 KICK-OFF Portugal v Brazil  

    And about seven seconds later, we're under way in Durban to boot.

  22. 15:01 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    The Ivorians are going all-out attack already and Yaya Toure plays Kader Keita in on the right of the box, but his goalbound shot draws a fine low save from Ri Myong-Guk.

  23. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Bright North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    "North Korea look very nervous already."

  24. 15:04 Commentary Portugal v Brazil  

    There's an unmistakeable buzz of excitement when Cristiano Ronaldo gets the ball - it really is intriguingly set up in Durban. Incredible, too, that Brazil have the world's two best right-backs in their team, with Dani Alves playing in midfield today.

  25. 15:05 Commentary Portugal v Brazil  

    Lovely turn into space by Julio Baptista and he lays it off for Dani Alves - the Barca man never needs a second invitation to shoot and he lashes narrowly wide from about 25 yards.

  26. 606  

    From florinda: "My scoreline predictions this World Cup have been dreadful - however I can see this being 3-2 to Brazil."

  27. 15:10 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    North Korea have improved a little after a shaky start, but they haven't got close to the final third yet. Gervinho gets to the byeline down the left for Ivory Coast, but his cross rolls along the goalline and there's no-one to touch it in.

  28. 15:10 OFFSIDE North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Didier Drogba is furiously wagging his finger at the assistant after his header from Kader Keita's cross is ruled out, but replays show that was a fantastic decision from the official.

  29. 15:12 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    It's all Ivory Coast. Gervinho collects a Didier Drogba pass, turns inside a defender and from 16 yards forces Ri-Myong-Guk to save low down to his right.

  30. 15:13 GOAL North Korea 0-1 Ivory Coast  

    It was either going to be an afternoon of frustration for Ivory Coast or a goalfest - might be the latter, now. Yaya Toure collects a ball on the edge of the North Korea box and rolls a right-foot shot into the far corner past Ri Myong-Guk. They deserve it, fair to say.

  31. 15:15 YELLOW CARD Portugal v Brazil  

    Luis Fabiano goes in late on Pepe and the Brazilian striker picks up a yellow card. It's pretty even in Durban, with Brazil enjoying more possession but Portugal looking dangerous.

  32. 15:16 HITS THE WOODWORK North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    North Korea have gone, and we've barely even started yet. Romaric sends over a cross from the right and it goes all the way through to the far post, which it clips the outside of.

  33. 15:17 Commentary Portugal v Brazil  

    Nice move from the Portuguese, Raul Meireles sending over a cross from the left only for Tiago to get his volley all wrong and slice wide from the edge of the box.

  34. 15:19 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    First effort on goal from North Korea in Nelspruit as Hong Yong-Jo smashes a free-kick just wide from about 40 yards. Decent hit from there, son.

  35. 15:19 GOAL North Korea 0-2 Ivory Coast  

    Sorry, but this is just pathetic. Ivory Coast are creating chances at will and after Didier Drogba turns and slams a ferocious volley against the underside of the bar, Romaric is on hand to head into an unguarded net. They could end up with 8, 9, 10, 11 - Portugal, beware.

  36. 15:23 YELLOW CARD Portugal v Brazil  

    Relatively speaking, it's pretty quiet in Durban at the magnificent Moses Mabhida Stadium. Brazil are having the better of it now, but they haven't created a clear chance yet. Juan is booked for a deliberate handball, and the furiously protesting Duda is also cautioned for banging on about it. Silly boy.

  37. 15:24 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Hong Yong-Jo goes agonisingly close for North Korea, curling a 20-yard free-kick inches wide.

  38. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Bright  

    "This is so easy for Ivory Coast it's like a training exercise."

  39. 15:27 Commentary Group G as it stands:  

    A good start from the Ivory Coast. But they're going to need a lot more to pull off one of the more extraordinary qualifications in World Cup history. They'll be wanting plenty more goals - ooh, probably at least five more - and also need Brazil to take the lead against Portugal, before it even starts to get interesting...

  40. Twitter  

    From ShaunForster: "Shots from distance emphasise the lack of creativity in Brazil's midfield, three strikers, two defensive mids & a right-back."

  41. 15:31 HITS THE WOODWORK Portugal v Brazil  

    Portugal's defence goes to sleep and Nilmer nips in down the left, drilling a shot from an angle against the right-hand post. Portugal counter with pace and Tiago goes down inside the Brazil area - it looks like he may have been slightly touched, but it was a bit theatrical and he's booked for simulation.

  42. 15:34 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Ivory Coast have had 64% possession in Nelspruit, but they haven't created a clear-cut chance for a few minutes. Remember, they need a goal glut and for Brazil to beat Portugal to have a chance of going through.

  43. SMS  

    From Olivia in Sao Paulo: "I'm watching the match in a bar, amazing atmosphere. City has come to a halt. Everyone watching the big game! Go Brazil!"

  44. 15:37 HITS THE WOODWORK North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Stunning piece of skill from Didier Drogba - trapped against the byeline, he flicks the ball between two defenders and comes out the other side, magical. Moments later, Gervinho drills a right-foot shot that clips the outside of the post from 10 yards. Should have scored.

  45. 15:38 YELLOW CARD Portugal v Brazil  

    Maicon the magnificent, they should call him. Somehow he sends over a superb cross from the touchline on the Brazil right, but having got there first at the back stick Luis Fabiano can only head into the ground and over the bar. Pepe is booked for a foul soon after.

  46. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage  

    "There's nothing really happening at the moment. It's like a pre-season friendly, there's no energy, no desire. It's like a week before the season when nobody wants to get injured. Ivory Coast should at least try to make a spectacle of it. They've got nothing to lose. There's not one person running now, everyone is walking."

  47. 15:40 Commentary Portugal v Brazil  

    Cristiano Ronaldo lets fly from outside the Brazil area, but it's routine for Julio Cesar - it would take a hell of a hit to beat him from there.

  48. 15:42 YELLOW CARD Portugal v Brazil  

    This is the fixture in 1966 that Pele got kicked out of and there is some thuggish behaviour in Durban too, unfortunately. Felipe Melo takes Pepe out completely and accepts the punishment of a yellow card. Ridiculous.

  49. 15:44 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Romaric heads goalwards after a cross from the Ivorian left, but it's a comfortable catch for Ri Myong-Guk.

  50. 15:44 YELLOW CARD Portugal v Brazil  

    Fabio Coentrao is the latest to be cautioned in Durban, this time for going through the back of Dani Alves.

  51. 15:45 HALF-TIME North Korea 0-2 Ivory Coast  

    Ivory Coast have dominated most of the game, but somehow they only have two goals to show for their efforts. They need plenty more, but as Portugal showed on Monday, there's still plenty of time.

  52. 15:46 HALF-TIME Portugal 0-0 Brazil  

    Goalless - but if it's niggly fouls and bookings you're after, you've come to the right place.

  53. Contributor BBC Sport's Alan Shearer Portugal v Brazil  

    "Both defences are very, very good and you can see why neither of them concedes many goals."

  54. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Bright North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    "North Korea are the politest team I have ever seen. They are not aggressive and they don't tackle. They need to come out with a lot more bite in the second half but I can't really see them improving."

  55. SMS  

    Paul in Maidstone: "Maybe one of Sven's legendary half-time teamtalks will inspire Ivory Coast to score nine."

  56. 15:56 Commentary Portugal v Brazil  

    This just in from Marcelo, at Brazil's TV Globo: "Are you watching Felipe Melo? Now you probably understand why we worry so much about him. He’s mad! Took a yellow card motivated by revenge. He’s a good player, but sometimes very “hot”, so to speak."

  57. 606  

    From Britain's most objective man: "Brasil are cruising. Portugal offer little threat other than Ronaldo, and he is isolated. A lot of childish behaviour from the players, bit embarrassing really."

  58. 16:01 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Back under way in Nelspruit at the Mbombela Stadium. Now, how many goals can Ivory Coast get in these 45 minutes? Can they make it really interesting?

  59. 16:02 Commentary Portugal v Brazil  

    And we're off at the Durban Stadium as well.

  60. 16:03 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    North Korea's goalkeeper Ri Myong-Guk takes a heavy knock as Ivory Coast attack and he's a bit winded, needs a little bit of treatment. Should be fine to carry on, though.

  61. 16:04 Commentary Portugal v Brazil  

    Cristiano Ronaldo escapes down the Portugal left and heads towards the area, but when he gets to the byeline to cross for Tiago, a sliding Lucio makes a crucial intervention and the danger is averted for Brazil.

  62. Twitter  

    From dprayudi: "Ronaldo or no Ronaldo, against Brazil you have to park the bus."

  63. 16:08 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Brilliant stuff from Emmanuel Eboue as he drifts in from the right for Ivory Coast, but his whacked ball across the six-yard box is not met by a team-mate. Up the other end and the always confident Jong Tae-Se shoots right-footed from 25 yards, forcing Boubacar Barry to make his first save of the day.

  64. 16:09 Commentary Portugal v Brazil  

    Cristiano Ronaldo, another man who doesn't have to have his arm twisted to have a pop from range, launches a 35-yard free-kick goalwards - it takes a deflection off team-mate Pepe and loops over Julio Cesar's crossbar.

  65. 16:11 SUBSTITUTION Portugal v Brazil  

    Portugal take Duda off and send on Simao.

  66. 16:11 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Some pinball inside the North Korea box ends with a horizontal Didier Drogba heading just past the angle of post and bar. They need goals, and quickly, Ivory Coast.

  67. World Cup Have Your Say  

    From Pugalenthii Ramakrishnana in Singapore on WCHYS: "The beautiful game is being slaughtered by Brazil and Portugal with seven yellow cards in just the first half. So sad."

  68. 16:17 Commentary Portugal v Brazil  

    Julio Cesar is the best goalkeeper in the world, and that's why. Cristiano Ronaldo breaks down the right and after he is tackled well by Lucio inside the Brazil area, the ball breaks for Raul Meireles six yards out - he pokes towards goal, but Cesar sticks out his right hand to get a crucial deflection. Brilliant.

  69. 16:18 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Ivory Coast should have a third when Arthur Boka sends over a cross from the right, but Didier Drogba doesn't get the timing of his jump right and he can only glance wide.

  70. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    "What a dreadful game. If I was at home listening to this I don't know what I would do. The Koreans are playing five at the back - it's as if they don't want to get embarrassed like they did against Portugal but it's making for a horrible spectacle."

  71. 16:21 Commentary  

    The games aren't world-class, but how about this for breaking news chat: Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer has just told BBC Sport he thinks England will go out ON PENALTIES in Sunday's last-16 clash in Bloemfontein. Fabio - pin it up in the dressing-room, job done. Video of the interview with you shortly.

  72. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle Portugal v Brazil  

    "That's what Cristiano Ronaldo's good at, that's what people have paid to see, him taking the ball on and running at people. But I think that's the first good run he's had."

  73. 16:23 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Ivory Coast are getting desperate now as Romaric drills one in from 30 yards and Ri Myong-Guk pushes it away, diving to his right. Looks like North Korea might have spared themselves a second successive humiliation in Nelspruit.

  74. SMS  

    From 'Unimpressed': "Portugal vs Brazil? More like Hull vs Wigan. Terrible match so far."

  75. 16:27 Commentary Portugal v Brazil  

    It's woeful. Players are just booting the ball out of play - these are very, very good players, too. Portugal are probably the better team right now as well, presumably relieved that the Ivorians haven't scored a hatful in the other game. They are both going through in the most unthrilling fashion imaginable.

  76. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle Portugal v Brazil  

    "I'm totally disappointed in both teams. You look at the names on the team sheet and you think you will see craft and cleverness. But it's just basic things - I can't believe how they can't pass a ball, even 10 yards."

  77. 16:30 Commentary Group G as it stands:  

    With 20 minutes to go, just a reminder about the standings - it's not rocket science. Brazil, already qualified, will top the group with Portugal safely through in second place. Worth remembering though, that a winner for the Portuguese puts them top.

  78. Twitter  

    From peterwsouth: "Why aren't Portugal going for it with Spain likely opponents in the next round?"

    They are, but Brazil have parked the bus. Imagine?

  79. 16:35 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Ivory Coast know they are exiting the World Cup and they are just going through the motions in front of 34,000-odd in Nelspruit. North Korea have even had a couple of shots at goal as this one meanders to its conclusion.

  80. 16:36 Commentary Portugal v Brazil  

    We are witnessing history (of sorts) in Durban. Our friends at Infostrada Sports tell us that the last time Brazil failed to score in a World Cup group match was 32 years ago in 1978 - a 0-0 draw against Spain.

  81. 16:37 GOAL North Korea 0-3 Ivory Coast  

    Jong Tae-Se has gone close to a goal twice, but Ivory Coast make the game safe with a third goal. Arthur Boka sends over a cross from the left and Salomon Kalou gets there before Ri Myong-Guk to volley in from close-range. Kalou does a dance with Gervinho, Sven smiles and Ri needs some treatment.

  82. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    "The disappointing thing is, the way Ivory Coast started, they really could have scored seven or eight goals today."

  83. 16:41 Commentary Portugal v Brazil  

    I hope this is the last time we see a game at this World Cup with several top-class players on the pitch giving us absolutely no entertainment whatsoever. Ah well, Spain are on tonight...

  84. 16:41 OFFSIDE North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Aruna Dindane converts a Didier Drogba free-kick, but he is adjudged to be offside. Not sure he was, might have been one of his team-mates. It's largely insignificant.

  85. 606  

    From wildsnooker: "I'm telling you Brazil will steal this."

  86. 16:44 Commentary Portugal v Brazil  

    A chance for Brazil! Lucio heads goalwards, but it's an easy save for Eduardo in the Portuguese goal. Dead rubber for them or not, the 1958/70/82 vintage this team ain't.

  87. 16:46 INJURY TIME North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Into five minutes of stoppage time at Nelspruit.

  88. 16:47 INJURY TIME Portugal v Brazil  

    There are five added minutes in Durban, too. Way to punish us, officials.

  89. 16:48 Commentary Portugal v Brazil  

    I nearly had to eat those words big time. Ramires fires goalwards from 25 yards and it takes a horrible deflection - the ball looks like it is looping in, but Eduardo bends his back and fingertips it away. Great save.

  90. 16:49 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Ivory Coast have had 27 shots this afternoon. To be fair, they could have won 27-0 and it wouldn't have mattered as things stand.

  91. 16:51 FULL-TIME North Korea 0-3 Ivory Coast  

    That's it, all over. Ivory Coast are out of the World Cup. Africa's hopes lie with Ghana, and Ghana alone. No quarters for Sven-Goran Eriksson this time.

  92. 16:52 FULL-TIME Portugal 0-0 Brazil  

    Don't buy the DVD, would be my advice to you. Shocker.

  93. Contributor BBC Sport's Mick McCarthy  

    "Portugal v Brazil was one of the worst games of the tournament, between two very good teams. It was just dreadful."

  94. 16:56 Commentary North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    Didier Drogba, 32, waves goodbye to the World Cup for probably the last time - as a player, anyway. He does a lap of honour around the outer rim of the stadium in Nelspruit, taking his shirt and boots off and giving them to fans in the crowd. Lovely touch from arguably Africa's best footballer.

  95. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle Portugal v Brazil  

    "They've just basically played the game out. It's been like a practice game. It's a shame because people paid good money to watch this."

  96. SMS  

    Rob, Newbury: "Brazil do not appear to have anyone who can go past a defender. The most unskilful Brazil team I have ever seen."

  97. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage North Korea v Ivory Coast  

    "That was my last game at this World Cup. It's been a wonderful experience but in 48 hours I'll be in a pub back home watching England beat the Germans."

  98. Twitter  

    From footy_fever: "I am disgusted at both teams' performance... they have shown no spirit, no hunger to win. A real shame."

  99. 17:08 Commentary  

    What this means is that Brazil, having topped Group G, will play the runners-up in Group H at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Monday at 1930 BST. As for Portugal - they will face the winners of Group H in Cape Town on Tuesday at 1930 BST.

  100. 606  

    From paranoid: "Portugal v Brazil - no-one needed to win, no-one wanted to win, no-one tried to win. Is this sport? Give the fans their hard earned money back, they have been cheated."

  101. 17:15 Commentary  

    On that total lack of anything resembling a bombshell, it's time for me to leave you. Thanks for sticking around, and please come back in a little while when Sam Lyon takes you through a hopefully much better conclusion to Group H. I'm off to practice table football ahead of a battle with the Germans on Saturday. Have a good one.

By Aimee Lewis

There were no miracles for Ivory Coast in Nelspruit as the west Africans were knocked out of the World Cup despite comfortably beating a defensively-frail North Korea.

The Elephants' hopes of progressing to the second round in South Africa always appeared slim as they needed to not only emphatically beat their opponents to make up an enormous goal deficit, but also hope that Portugal lost to Brazil in the other fixture in Group G.

Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson's men scored two early goals through Yaya Toure and Romaric but the eight-goal deluge that was most likely needed did not materialise, even though North Korea were more than obliging in defence - just as they had been during their 7-0 demolition by Portugal.

Salomon Kalou came off the bench to add a third goal but in the end the scoreline did not matter a jot as it was Portugal who progressed in second spot thanks to a goalless draw with group winners Brazil.

North Korea coach Kim Jong-hun had regarded this game as an opportunity for his team to restore some pride, but his players still seemed shell-shocked after conceding six goals in the second half against Portugal on Monday.

The Koreans granted Ivory Coast the freedom to surge forward at will and, in truth, Eriksson's men should have led by more than two goals at the break.

The Elephants started with intent as Toure's beautiful pass set the surging Kader Keita free in the box only for goalkeeper Ri-Myong-Guk's outstretched legs to prevent a goal in the opening minute.

Didier Drogba then had a header ruled out for offside, the Chelsea striker wagged his finger in protest but replays proved referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco was correct.

More chances were wasted - Gervinho being the prime culprit - before Toure finally gave Ivory Coast a deserved lead with a well-placed side-footed effort into the corner from the edge of the box.

A mere six minutes later and the Elephants doubled their advantage as the alert Romaric headed home Drogba's fierce volley, which had kindly rebounded off the crossbar.

The Elephants continued to trample over their opponents after the break but they also seemed determined to squander goalscoring opportunities.

Drogba, Ivory Coast's standard-bearer and all-time leading scorer, was the prime culprit as he headed wide from six yards and then failed to make contact with a perfect cross from Arthur Boka on the left. Gervinho and substitute Kalou were just as culpable.

North Korea defended a little more stoically in the second half and could have halved the deficit when Jong Tae-Se had the best opportunity of the match with Toure's brother Kolo blocking his goalbound effort.

Almost immediately, the Elephants whizzed up the field and the impressive Boka produced another fine cross from the left which Kalou side-footed in from six yards.

Substitute Aruna Dindane had an effort ruled out for offside in the closing stages but by then, as far as Ivory Coast's World Cup hopes were concerned, it was all a little irrelevant.

North Korea North Korea Flag 0-3 Ivory Coast Flag Ivory Coast FT

(HT 0-2)

 Yaya Toure, 14
Romaric, 20
Kalou, 82

  • Venue: Mbombela Stadium
  • Referee: A Undiano Mallenco
  • Attendance: 34,634
North Korea     Ivory Coast
  • Possession 29%
    71%
  • Attempts on target 4
    12
  • Attempts off target 4
    15
  • Corners 0
    7
  • Fouls 7
    14

Projected table based on current scores

Group A

Group A teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 4
South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1

Group B

Group B teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 6 9
South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Group C

Group C teams P W D L F A GD PTS
USA 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

Group D

Group D teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 4 6
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 -3 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3

Group E

Group E teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

Group F

Group F teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 2 5
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2

Group G

Group G teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 7
Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0

Group H

Group H teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 1 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3 1

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