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Sven defends Ivorian bore draw

IVORY COAST (0) vs PORTUGAL (0)

IVORY COAST coach Sven-Goran Eriksson believes both sides would have been happy with yesterday’s bore draw in Port Elizabeth – as neither team wanted to lose.

With Brazil red-hot favourites to top Group G, both were desperate to avoid defeat, culminating in a dour stalemate. Cristiano Ronaldo came closest to breaking the deadlock for Portugal, striking a post, as the Ivory Coast, boosted by the return of substitute Didier Drogba from a broken arm, held on for a share of the spoils.

“There weren’t many occasions to score,” Eriksson said. “You saw two teams who didn’t want to lose. I thought if one team had won it should have been us.”

Meanwhile, Winston Reid’s dramatic injury-time equaliser handed New Zealand a 1-1 draw against Slovakia in Rustenberg to square up Group F.

Robert Vittick earlier gave the Slovakians a 50th minute lead.