FIFA World Cup 2010: Ivory Coast Vs Portugal Preview

Post by Suresh Iyer

Consider the most profitable crew of the globe, ever, the strongest crew of Africa, and one particular of the most aggressive European squads, place them all jointly, and what do you get? The group of death!

Brazil, Ivory Coast and Portugal are not able to manage to take any match in group G lightly, including the one particular in opposition to the relatively weak North Korea, the 4th squad in the group.

Tuesday’s match between Portugal and Ivory Coast promises to be 1 of the hardest fought group matches and probably the most intriguing of all.

Ivory Coast coasted through their qualifiers with Drogba scoring 6 objectives. In contrast, Portugal barely certified having to engage in a play off with Bosnia.

Ivory Coast have endured misfortune ahead of their opening match at the Globe Cup, with their star Didier Drogba fracturing his arm in a warm up versus Japan.

However he is mentioned to be recovering soon after an operation, Drogba could sit the initial match out.

Drogba is between the world’s very best aim scorers, and his absence will harm Ivory Coast who will appear to yet another Chelsea star Salomon Kalou to retain the scoreboard ticking.

Ivory Coast supervisor Eriksson will rely on his sturdy midfield comprising Yaya Toure and Zakora, and speedy winger Eboue, apart from the in kind Tiote who plays for Dutch champions FC Twente. If Drogba plays, they are probably to focus on feeding him.

Kolo top the defence are other reliable gamers who have distinguished themselves for Ivory Coast, in the past, as is Arsenal full back, Emmanuel Eboue, who is coming off a profitable club season.

Portugal have had their share of harm woes, their Manchester United winger Nani the newest casualty with a collarbone injuries sustained in teaching. Benfica midfielder Ruben

Amorim has changed Nani. This adds up to an additional load on True Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the captain of the facet. Ronaldo has not scotred for Portugal considering that Euro 2008, and he will be desperate to end the objective drought.

Before his existing goal drought started, Cristiano Ronaldo was thought to be by numerous as the world’s finest player, with fantastic dribbling skills, velocity, and a happy penchant for scoring specifically from set play conditions.Portugal will rely on Atletico Madrid winger Simao to reduce the strain on his captain. Chelsea’s Ricardo Carvalho alongwith Pepe and Bruno Alves comprise a reliably robust defence.

Apart from an skilled midfield comprising Meireles, Deco and Mendes, Portugal has a strong defence, which will be bolstered more if Pepe is fully match.

With a cloud over Drogba’s participation, Portugal take pleasure in a marginal advantage that is in flip offset by Ronaldo’s indifferent type. It is difficult to see a result in this match. Equally groups may well in fact be happy to share factors.

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