Eriksson hoping Drogba can answer Ivory Coast prayers
Published 25/06/2010 | 05:00
Ivory Coast will make one last desperate bid to win a place in the World Cup last-16 today when they face a North Korea side hoping to salvage some national pride.
The West Africans are hoping for a miracle to get out of a tough group after Portugal whipped the Asian team 7-0, notching up a near insurmountable goal difference that has left the Ivorians looking for divine intervention.
Ivory Coast must beat North Korea by a huge score and hope Brazil overcome Portugal in the other game in the group.
"If we remain in, it will be a great miracle," said defender Arthur Boka. "Only God knows (if we can do it). If Portugal can beat them 7-0 why can't we do the same?" said Boka. "What is most important is to exit with our heads held high."
Manager Sven Goran Eriksson is likely to start fit-again Didier Drogba in pursuit of the goal glut they need.