Ivory Coast - World Cup 2010
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YAYA Toure, Romaric and Salomon Kalou were on target as Ivory Coast's World Cup campaign ended with a hollow victory over North Korea.
IVORY COAST boss Sven-Goran Eriksson feels it is a shame his team are likely to exit the World Cup without showing their true potential.
Portugal and Brazil go head-to-head with both expected to progress to the last 16, while Spain need to beat Chile to ensure they avoid joining Italy and France in the departure lounge.
THE strain of living up to the raised expectations of playing on home soil is the reason most African countries have underperformed at the World Cup, according to Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou.
HIBS defender Sol Bamba was left on the bench last night as the Ivory Coast went down 3-1 to Brazil.
KAKA was controversially sent off as a brace from Luis Fabiano and an Elano strike helped Brazil ease to victory in their battle with Ivory Coast at Soccer City last night.
HIBS boss John Hughes today expressed his concern on learning the knee problem which dogged Sol Bamba last season has flared up again as the big defender prepares for tomorrow's World Cup clash with Brazil.
HIBS defender Sol Bamba is facing a race to against time to be fit for the Ivory Coast's World Cup match against Brazil this weekend.
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North Korea gave Brazil a scare yesterday as the tournament sprung into life. All eyes will be on Spain today who will be looking to get their World Cup off to a positive start.
CRISTIANO Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure after being denied by the woodwork and picking up a booking in Portugal's stalemate against the Ivory Coast.
CRISTIANO Ronaldo was denied by the woodwork as Portugal and Ivory Coast had to make do with a point apiece in Port Elizabeth.
The football at this year's World Cup hasn't set the heather alight so far but today's star-studded match between the Ivory Coast and Portugal could provide the tournament with a much-needed spark.
IVORY COAST star Yaya Toure is relishing the chance to test himself against Portugal's all-star line-up as his World Cup adventure gets under way.
HIBS boss John Hughes today admitted he hopes Sol Bamba has a "fantastic" World Cup despite knowing the further the Ivory Coast go in the competition the greater the headache he'll have.
IVORY Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is quietly confident striker Didier Drogba could play in today's World Cup opener against Portugal.
HIBS ace Sol Bamba has revealed how he's been putting in overtime on the training ground as he bids to snuff out the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo and Simao as the Ivory Coast face up to Portugal in their first World Cup match.
HIBERNIAN defender Sol Bamba is enjoying the new Ivory Coast coaching regime under Sven-Goran Eriksson and believes his team are well prepared for their World Cup campaign, which begins against Portugal on Tuesday.