Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
North Korea (451): RM Guk, NS Choi, Nam, Jin, RJ Il (AC Hyok 80'), Chon (Kim Kyong Il 61'), Jo, Hak, Se, PN Choi, MI Guk (PS Hyok 9')
Cote d'Ivoire (433): Barry, Demel, Tiene, K Toure, Zokora, Y Toure, Eboue (Romaric 66'), Tiote, Drogba (Boka 89'), Gervinho, Dindane (Keita 75')
This match almost started in explosive fashion when Pak Nam Choi attempted an audacious lob straight at the kickoff that was only just wide. The one change for this match was Nam Song Choi starting in defence for the injured Cha Jong Hyok but they had another injury concern inside the opening ten minutes; Mun In Guk forced to leave on a stretcher. With the Ivory Coast unable to find a way through it was North Korea who had the next shot on goal with An Yong Hak skillfully carving a path through the defence before substitute Pak Sung Hyok shot straight down the goalie's throat.
The second half began with a frustrated Drogba earning a yellow card but just not long afterwards Cote d'Ivoire took the lead through Gervinho. Guy Demel was allowed to manoeuvre out from his own half and deep into the North Korean's before finding Dindane with a great feed. His shot was saved from ten yeards out but Gervinho followed up for the goal.
After the goal the leading team grew in confidence with chances for Yaya Toure and Gervinho saved by Ri Myong Guk. A late chance for North Korea would have given them a chance of an historic win but Boubacar Barry was equal to the challenge posed by Kim Kyong Il's long range shot.
North Korea 0 - 1 Cote d'Ivoire
CIV Gervinho 51'
CIV Drogba 46'
CIV Dindane 57'
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