Ivory Coast were knocked out of the World Cup on Friday afternoon despite defeating North Korea 3-0 in their final Group G match. The three points bagged against the Asian minnows were not enough for the Elephants as Portugal drew 0-0 with Brazil to finish second in the group and qualify for the last 16.
Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba was understandably disappointed after the match but maintained an optimistic outlook towards the future.
"If we were in a better group maybe we would go through. I think we were unlucky both times in the World Cup," the 32-year-old has been quoted by AP as saying.
"We are disappointed, but at the same time we can't be too disappointed when you are in a group like this with Portugal and Brazil. We are a good team and we have good players but I think those two teams are better than us.
"For a country like Ivory Coast to be in a World Cup twice in a row is something fantastic.
"Knowing that in the past we have never been there before, to play against Brazil and Portugal, two of the best nations of the football world, it's like a dream for our country."
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