Friday, June 25, 2010

Ivory Coast vs North Korea: A Big Test for Striker Drogba

Ivory Coast takes on North Korea in a crucial Group G match on 25 June at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. With Ivory Coast looking for a big margin win in their pursuit of qualifying for the second round, North Korea, who are already out of the tournament, would like to prove their talent and go back home with some cheering moments in mind.

In the other match of the group, Brazil faces Portugal today. Brazil currently leads the point table with 6 points following two wins over North Korea and Ivory Coast. Portugal occupies the second spot with 4 points, followed by Ivory Coast and North Korea.

Ivory Coast has 1 point at the moment and a win over North Korea would level them with Portugal on points, if Brazil defeats Portugal. In that case, Portugal would have better chance because they have a way better goal difference than Ivory Coast. So, what Ivory Coast needs is that they have to win over North Korea with a margin of 7 or 8 goals and hopes Brazil wins over Portugal.

It is really a tough job to win over 7 or 8 goals in World Cup. It seems to be a tough job for Ivory Coast’s attacking line up too, most specifically striker Didier Drogba. The star striker has been in sparkling form at club level with Chelsea recently. He was the highest scorer of Premier League last season and got a goal against Brazil too.

It is true that Ivory Coast’s chances are very minimal, but if there is any hope for the West Africans, it lies with their prolific goal scorer Didier Drogba. He is the all time top scorer for his country with 45 goals in 70 appearances.

At 32, it is perhaps his last World Cup appearance. Drogba may have won many titles at club level, but now the two-time African player of the year winner would like to win some accolades with his country too.

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