Africa’s hopes were dashed again on Friday as Ivory Coast were eliminated from the World Cup despite defeating North Korea 3-0 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, South Africa.
Yaya Toure scored the first goal in the 14th minute from the edge of the box and Ndri Romaric notched the second six minutes later after a Didier Drogba shot bounced back off the bar.
Solomon Kalou added a third goal in the 82nd minute.
In another Group G match Brazil and Portugal drew in a listless game that allowed both teams to progress to the group of 16. Brazil finished with seven points, Portugal with five. The Brazilians will play the Group H runner-up on Monday in Johannesburg. Portugal will face the Group H winner Tuesday in Cape Town.
Brazil striker Nilmar had a shot tipped against the goalpost by Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo in the 30th minute and Luis Fabiano’s close range header missed just wide in the 39th minute.
Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar denied Portugal a goal in the 60th minute, deflecting Raul Meireles’s shot in a play that was set up by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Soccer fan Richard Soko told VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga Nyahuye that he was disappointed at the elimination of Ivory Coast today but remained hopeful Ghana would fly the flag for Africa. He added that he was not impressed by the Brazil-Portugal match as both teams both played it safe.
Later Friday Spain beat Chile 2-1 - both teams advance to the next round.