Sven ‘not completely happy’ with draw

Sven-Göran Eriksson conceded that his Ivory Coast team had left themselves a challenge after settling for a 0-0 draw with Portugal on Tuesday, while he expressed satisfaction that captain Didier Drogba came through the match unscathed.

Sven 'not completely happy' with draw

“Portugal is a good team. One point, not completely happy, but it is one point. It was a good game tactically for both teams. No one wants to lose a game like this,” the former England coach said after the game.

The Swede was however happy that Chelsea star and team captain Didier Drogba was able to play around 30 minutes of the game without any discomfort despite fracturing his arm less than two weeks ago.

“Obviously I would have hoped that we had scored a couple of goals and that he didn’t need to play. But now he has played and you can see that he is okay to play.”

Ivory Coast dominated possession for large parts of the game but rarely posed a serious threat to the Portugal goal. Drogba was set free in the box late on but was unable to get enough of his outstretched leg to the ball to steer it goalwards.

Portugal’s best chance of the game came from a snapshot from Real Madrid star Christiano Ronaldo from a full 30 metres out which hit the upright. Ronaldo was later booked for retaliation.

Ivory Coast will now look to get something out of their second game against group favourites and five time World Cup champs Brazil, with the fight for second place likely to come down to goal difference.

“We are still there. One point. Next game Brazil, let’s see what we can do,” Eriksson said.

Brazil meanwhile completed a 2-1 win over North Korea in the late game, with all the goals coming in the second half of an often turgid affair.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.