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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ivory Coast 0-0 Portugal

Ivory Coast and Portugal contested a scoreless draw in a cagey opening game to the World Cup's so-called "group of death".

With Brazil also in Group G, it was obvious that both sides were desperate to avoid defeat and there was an extent to which both teams cancelled each other out.

Portugal, third in the Fifa rankings but who only made it to South Africa after a play-off victory over Bosnia-Hercegovina, did come closest to scoring when Cristiano Ronaldo struck a post, but there was little to suggest an upsurge from their patchy form during qualifying.

Both sides ended with just one shot on target each - as another potentially exciting match turned into a static stalemate.

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