World Cup 2010 Group G: North Korea 0-3 Ivory Coast

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Ivory Coast were eliminated from the World Cup despite a comfortable 3-0 win over a poor North Korea side in their last Group G match in Nelspruit.

The opener arrived after 13 minutes as Yaya Touré took a neat touch from Arthur Boka's cross and coolly slid the ball precisely into the corner of the goal.

Romaric increased the lead in the 20th minute with a header after Didier Drogba's powerful drive bounced off the underside of the crossbar.

Substitute Salomon Kalou scored the third with eight minutes remaining, but it was not enough to seal their progression into the last 16.

The Ivorians needed a massive win combined with a loss for Portugal in the other group match to advance to the knockout rounds, but with the Portuguese drawing 0-0 with Brazil, their win proved irrelevant.


North Korea: Ri Myong-Guk; Cha Jong-Hyok, Pak Chol-Jin, Ri Jun-Il, Ji Yun-Nam, Ri Kwang-Chon; Hong Yong-Jo, Pak Nam-Chol, An Yong-Hak, Mun In-Guk (Choe Kum-Chol, 67); Jong Tae-Se

Ivory Coast: Boubacar Barry; Emmanuel Eboué, Kolo Touré, Didier Zokora, Arthur Boka; Romaric (Seydou Doumbia, 79), Yaya Touré, Cheik Tioté; Abdulkader Keïta (Salomon Kalou, 64), Didier Drogba, Gervinho (Aruna Dindane, 64)

North KoreaIvory Coast
5Shots on target12
4Shots off target14
0Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
40Ball possession (%)60

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