Friday 23 March 2018

Eriksson hoping Drogba can answer Ivory Coast prayers

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.

Irish Independent

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