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Played
June 15, 2010 10:00 AM EDT
Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth
Referee:‬ Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay)‎
 
90′ +4
Thanks for following along everyone...catch you later!
 
90′ +4
And the ref blows his whistle. 0-0 draw. POR will be pleased with the result, as they were outplayed and seemed to be aiming for the draw anyway. But CIV were the better team and have nothing to show for it. It may come back to haunt them in this group of death.
 
90′ +3
CIV with a lot of late pressure. Keita had a shot that was deflected.
 
90′ +2
Keita to Drogba in the area. He gets a left foot on it, but sends it way wide right.
 
90′ +1
3 minutes of extra time.
 
90′
POR free kick into the box, but CIV defense stands strong and clear.
 
88′
Substitution Emmanuel Eboue Romaric
 
87′
CIV might be getting tired. Their passing and attacking runs are getting sloppier.
 
84′
Substitution Raúl Meireles Ruben Amorim
 
82′
CIV subbing out Gervinho. He ran through POR like Swiss cheese all day. Must be gassed.
 
81′
Substitution Gervinho Kader Keita
 
81′
Announcers saying DD and CR discussing "Chelsea-Manchester United clashes of old." Uh, like two years ago?
 
80′
CR goes down again. Free kick from 25-30. CR puts it a few feet over the crossbar.
 
78′
Toure Kolo drops like a stone. Looked serious initially, but it's just a cramp apparently.
 
77′
CIV esp. Yaya Toure with some skilled passing in the midfield. Not translating to the attack though.
 
75′
Evertonians, you'll be glad to know the announcers say SGE has been linked to the Liverpool job.
 
73′
Mendes gets it to Ronaldo. Zakora "fouls" him, CR goes down easily. Free kick. Thankfully, nothing results.
 
71′
POR corner. Simao to Meireles. Deflected, another corner. Simao takes it again, CIV clear again.
 
70′
Drogba gets a volley inside the box, but he passes instead of attempting a ridiculous shot.
 
69′
Announcer says POR "wearing a less cynical cloak" in the second half. In other words, they've stopped diving/playing for the draw.
 
68′
CR with a give and go at the top of the 18, but nothing comes of it.
 
67′
Toure Yaya with a shot from outside the 18, low and wide left.
 
66′
The crowd erupts as Drogba comes in! Vuvuzelas even louder than usual.
 
65′
Substitution Salomon Kalou Didier Drogba
 
65′
POR attack better with Simao on.
 
64′
Drogba looks like he's coming in. Wow.
 
63′
CR gets space on the right wing. Attempts a cross, but CIV defender deflects it.
 
61′
Substitution Tiago Deco
 
61′
Drogba jogging on the sidelines.
 
60′
CIV Gervinho gets a head on cross but sends it over the goal. He needed to do better on that.
 
59′
CR makes a run, tries to pass to Liedson, but CIV defense intercepts.
 
58′
Deco in on the left, Liedson gets a head on the cross, but Barry saves for CIV.
 
55′
Simao comes in for Danny. We'll see if this improves the putrid POR attack.
 
54′
Substitution Danny Simão
 
54′
Kalou shot from just outside the 18, Eduardo saves.
 
54′
Kalou to Gervinho in the box, but Carvalho takes it away
 
51′
Deco takes the ensuing free kick, but CIV clear.
 
50′
Tiene with a foul on Liedson. No yellow.
 
48′
Gervinho and Dindane make a run, but Kalou can't get a head on Dindane's cross.
 
47′
Gervinho gets in on the left, shoots, but the POR keeper saves.
 
 
Halftime. CIV outplaying POR severely, but nothing yet to show for it.
 
45′ +1
1 minute of extra time.
 
45′
The announcers call CIV's effort so far "possession without punch." Exactly.
 
44′
Bad body language from Drogba on the bench. He was not meant to be a cheerleader.
 
43′
Coentrao broke up several scoring opportunities for CIV.
 
42′
CIV keep penetrating. Devel gets a ball in, but POR gets it out.
 
38′
Toure to Eboue in front of the goal, but Eboue can't catch up to it.
 
37′
Gervinho gets a cross in but Alves clears for POR.
 
35′
Meireles passes to Liedson in the area, but he can't catch up to it.
 
34′
CR draws another foul. He went down very easily again.
 
33′
Deco with a rare run for POR, gets a pass into the 18, but no one there.
 
32′
CIV dominating possession. They've been passing the ball around the midfield for what seems like several minutes.
 
30′
Tiene with another shot left from distance, but Eduardo snags it easily.
 
29′
Eboue down. Mendes got his spikes into his shin.
 
28′
Corner for CIV, nothing doing. POR clear.
 
26′
POR with an awful pass into the area, no one there, sails over the touch line. POR not doing much so far.
 
25′
CIV with a free kick from about 30. Tiene takes, not a good one, POR keeper comes out and gets it.
 
23′
CIV with another good run down the left, but CIV forwards seem tentative when they get near the goal.
 
23′
Refs have been great so far in this tournament, but three yellows in this game is absurd. This game has not been rough at all.
 
21′
CR went down again, CIV players are livid. TWO yellows--one for the foul, one for CR.
 
20′
Yellow Card Cristiano Ronaldo
 
20′
Yellow Card Guy Demel
 
20′
POR giving CIV attackers LOTS of space. Looks like they're afraid of getting blown by.
 
19′
Tiene with a cross from the left, sails out of play.
 
18′
CIV winning the midfield so far.
 
17′
CIV's Tiote gets a clear shot off, but it's over the crossbar.
 
16′
Weather: 55 degrees F, winds 20-40 mph.
 
15′
CIV free kick, about 25 yards. Tiene goes for the goal, but it's fairly wide right.
 
13′
CIV on a counter, good moves down the left, but Kalou loses it..
 
11′
Ronaldo with a rocket from about 30 yards, hits the left post. He didn't miss by much.
 
10′
That sound you just heard was every African soccer fan screaming that the refs are screwing them again.
 
9′
POR corner. Deco takes it, but it sails through the area.
 
8′
CR takes the ensuing free kick from distance, but he hits the wall.
 
7′
CR gets hit with a hard foul. No, he was barely touched! Zokora gets a yellow for that, and he's not pleased.
 
6′
Yellow Card Didier Zokora
 
6′
CIV's Gervinho with a nice run down the right, gets a cross in.
 
4′
POR out of synch so far. Already one "defender with raised arms screaming at his teammates" scene.
 
3′
Portsmouth's Dindane is playing in Drogba's place.
 
2′
CIV are jittery. Their first touches are heavy.
 
1′
FIFA world rankings: CIV 27, POR 3
 
1′
And we're off!
 
 
No Simao in POR's starting XI--Danny instead.
 
 
All the POR players are singing their national anthem except CR. I think he's asleep.
 
 
The big news is Didier Drogba can play in his cast. He is not in CIV's starting XI though.
 
 
Hi everyone, this is Goal.com contributor Ramin Majd. I'll be doing the live commentary for Ivory Coast-Portugal.