Ron­aldo de­nied by wood­work

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

CRIS­TIANO Ron­aldo was de­nied by the wood­work as Por­tu­gal and Ivory Coast had to make do with a point apiece af­ter a goal­less draw in Port El­iz­a­beth.

The Por­tuguese skip­per, who has not scored an in­ter­na­tional goal in 16 months, rat­tled a post with a blis­ter­ing early strike, but that was as close as his side came to snatch­ing vic­tory on a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon at the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium.

Even Didier Drogba’s ar­rival as a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute, to the de­light of a crowd of 37,034, could not sep­a­rate the sides as each at­tempted to gain the up­per hand in Group G ahead of their re­spec­tive en­coun­ters with Brazil.

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