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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FIFA World Cup 2010: Portugal Vs Brazil Preview

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The group G match to be played among Brazil and Portugal is arguably the very best clash of the group stage, of this Planet Cup. The last time these groups met in a World Cup, Portugal prevailed, three-1.

Portugal squashed North Korea seven-, less than a week after the Koreans had provided the Brazilians a run for their funds. After Portugal’s boring draw with Ivory Coast, coach Carlos Queiroz brought in Simao for Danny on the left flank, and Hugo Almeida in place of Liedson. At half-time, the Portuguese led by Raul Meireles’ solitary goal. After Simao created it 2- in the 53rd minute, the floodgates opened, with Tiago finding a couple, and Cristiano Ronaldo finding 1, to finish his 17-month extended target draught.

Brazil are previously via to the spherical of 16, and Portugal can only fail to qualify, on their own, if they contrive to shed to Brazil and Ivory Coast get the far better of New Zealand by a mammoth margin. The leader of the group will stay away from meeting favourites Spain in the spherical of sixteen that’s an incentive for Portugal to attempt and defeat Brazil on Friday.

Brazil had a amazing game versus Ivory Coast, Fabiano acquiring a brace of goals and Elano the 3rd in a 3-one victory. Kaka will skip the subsequent match, possessing been red-carded, but with qualification worries out of the way, Brazil should not drop any sleep over Kaka’s imminent absence in the Portugal match.

Dunga’s Brazil has a settled search about it. Every single man knows what is anticipated of him and fulfills it. Dunga knows what it is to win a Entire world Cup, having led Brazil to victory, as a player, in 1994. The group will absolutely gain from having Dunga as coach.

Brazil’s left again Michel Bastos will be up in opposition to Cristiano Ronaldo who is not likely to give Bastos any breathing time Bastos ought to on the evening overlook about becoming a member of the attack as has been his wont, reminiscent of Roberto Carlos.

Portugal’s Carvalho will have the onerous job of denying Fabiano a sniff of the Portuguese target. Fabiano has a number of weapons to choose from, not minimum his bodily stature. His dribling skills and opportunism are a bonus. Carvalho even though not in the same physical class as Fabiano, is a battle scarred veteran and unlikely to shrink from the problem.

No adjust is probably in the Portugal staff from the squad that hammered North Korea. The looming threat posed by the presence of Brazil’s Robinho and Elano will aid temper Portugal backs Miguel and Coentrao’s penchant for heading forward. Cristiano Ronaldo and Simao will run down the wings although looking for every likelihood to run in and accompany Hugo Almeida. in assault. Portugal will also depend on the capability of Raul Meireles and Tiago to run ahead,while marshalling the midfield.

Julio Baptista could exchange Kaka as an attacking midfielder, while Gilberto and Felipe Melowill could act as midfield protection to the four defenders. Brazil could also select to have Elano in the centre with Nimar or Dani Alves on the right flank.

Count on this to be a challenging fought encounter that’s eventually dominated by the team with larger attacking flair, Brazil.

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