World Cup 2010: Portugal vs. Ivory Coast Live Stream [UPDATED]
Portugal and Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) open their 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth this afternoon, and all eyes will be on two of the world’s finest players today– Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba.
The Real Madrid superstar has vowed to end his 16-month goal drought for for his country today and prove he remains one of the world’s greatest scorers.
“Everyone talks about Cristiano Ronaldo – it’s natural because he is the player he is,” Portugal midfielder Deco told reporters in a recent interview. “But we can only get anywhere if we are a team.
Whatever the case may be, CR9 is a definite crowd stealer.
Ivory Coast’s current squad, meanwhile, is the best the West African nation has ever assembled in its history as a footballing nation. The Elephants were tipped by some to go all the way in this tournament, and pundits believe it is the quality of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side that sets them apart from the rest of the African representatives in this competition.
Svennis’ led England to the quarterfinals in 2002 and 2006, but only took the helm in March.
Drogba was cleared by FIFA to play with a protective cast on his fractured arm. The 32-year-old Chelsea forward injured his forearm in a warm-up friendly against Japan on June 4 and will wear a lightweight cast should he play this afternoon. If he doesn’t, the Elephants will count on Salomon Kalou, who also plays for the Blues to stir the offense.
Group G has been labelled the toughest group in the tournament as it also includes teams such as North Korea and Brazil. The game starts at 16:00 CET (10:00 a.m. ET).
UPDATE: Ivory Coast and Portugal drew 0-0 in a tense Group G encounter. Drogba didn’t start, but did enter as a second-half substitute for the Elephants.